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Chelsea, Lazio, Frankfurt qualify, Apollon and Marseille out

Apollon are out of the Europa League after a 3-2 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt in Nicosia

Chelsea reached the Europa League knockout stage on Thursday thanks to a strike by Olivier Giroud, while last year’s runners-up Olympique de Marseille were eliminated at the group stage.

Striker Giroud got his first goal this season in the second half to secure a 1-0 win at Bate Borisov, meaning Maurizio Sarri’s side qualify from Group L with two games to spare.

However, Marseille were dumped out after they lost 2-1 at Lazio in Group H. Goals from Marco Parolo and Joaquin Correa were enough to exgtend a miserable run for the French side, who have now lost four games in a row in all competitions.

Lazio, meanwhile, went through to the last 32 along with Eintracht Frankfurt who eliminated Apollon Limassol after a 3-2 victory in the other game in the section.

Sevilla, the most successful team in the history of the competition with five titles, went down to 10-men at Akhisarspor but came away with a 3-2 win in Group J thanks to a late Ever Banega penalty that ended the Turkish side’s qualifying hopes.

Anderlecht, UEFA Cup winners in 1983, were also eliminated after their 2-0 Group D defeat by Fenerbahce.

There was a goalfest in Russia as Spartak Moscow came from 3-2 down to lead Rangers 4-3 in two minutes just before the hour mark with the home side’s eventual win taking them to second place and level with their opponents on five points in Group G.

Results and fixtures for the UEFA Europa League on Thursday (start times are CET)

Astana (1) 2 Jablonec (1) 1
Fenerbahçe (0) 2 Anderlecht (0) 0
Dynamo Kyiv (1) 3 Rennes (0) 1
Malmö FF (0) 1 Sarpsborg 08 (0) 1
Genk (0) 1 Beşiktaş (1) 1
Spartak Moskva (2) 4 Rangers (3) 3
Rapid Wien (0) 0 Villarreal (0) 0
BATE (0) 0 Chelsea (0) 1
Vidi (0) 1 PAOK (0) 0
Krasnodar (0) 2 Standard Liège (1) 1
Akhisarspor (0) 2 Sevilla (2) 3
Apollon (0) 2 Eintracht Frankfurt (1) 3
Lazio (1) 2 Olympique Marseille (0) 1
Vorskla v Qarabağ in play
Arsenal v Sporting CP (21:00)
Slavia Praha v København in play
Bordeaux v Zenit (21:00)
Bayer Leverkusen v Zürich in play
Ludogorets v AEK Larnaca in play
Real Betis v Milan (21:00)
Olympiakos Piraeus v F91 Dudelange (21:00)
Dinamo Zagreb v Spartak Trnava in play
Rosenborg v Salzburg (21:00)
Celtic v RB Leipzig in play

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