Europa: Juve Are Out As Nine Others Progress

Young Boys struck three goals in seven minutes to progress with Lech Poznan joining them at the expense of Juventus, and Aris Thessaloniki defeating holders Atletico de Madrid.

Nine team or clubs confirmed their progress to UEFA Europa League round of 32 on Wednesday, Young Boys leading the way with a dramatic second-half turnaround against Stuttgart. The Bundesliga outfit were already assured of progressing from Group H but nevertheless held a 2-1 lead with nine minutes left in Switzerland. Young Boys turned the match – and the section – on its head with three swift goals and therefore progressed thanks to Getafe 1-1 draw with Odense. Both those sides are now out.

Group A is another section to have been decided, with three-time UEFA Cup winners Juventus eliminated following a 1-1 draw with Lech Poznan. The Polish outfit will therefore be in the hat along with Manchester City, Mario Balotelli scoring twice in their 3-0 win against Salzburg.

Sampdoria – so close to reaching the UEFA Champions League group stage in the summer – will be without European football in the new year after losing 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven, who are through. Metalist Kharkiv join them in emerging from Group I having struck two minutes from time to win 2-1 against already eliminated Debreceni.

Sergio Koke struck a double of his own, but it was team-mate Nikos Lazaridis who scored the odd goal in 81st minute to give Aris Thessaloniki victory at Atletico Madrid. The holders now trail Aris on head to head, meaning the Greek side are well placed to move onwards with Bayer Leverkusen, 1-0 winners at Rosenborg.

Sporting Lisbon can also start planning for the draw having beaten Lille 1-0. The Portuguese side had been halted in their tracks by defeat against KAA Gent last time out and Francky Dury's side picked up from where they left off by prevailing 1-0 over Levski Sofia to go second.

Hajduk Split are out of Group G contention having lost 3-1 to AEK Athens. The Greek outfit now need just a point on Matchday 6 to progress alongside Zenit St Petersburg, who beat Anderlecht by the same scoreline to maintain their perfect record.

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