Europa: Liverpool & Villareal Are Through

Liverpool were among nine teams to advance to the UEFA Europa League knockout phase on Thursday night, although the five-time European champions were upstaged by goalscoring feats elsewhere.

No team has been more prolific than CSKA Moscow in the group stage to date, after taking their tally to 17 with a 5-1 home victory against Lausanne Sports. The win secured top billing in Group F for CSKA, while Sparta Prague guaranteed second place by drawing 2-2 at nine-man Palermo.

FC Porto also assured themselves of first place in Group L by winning 3-1 at Rapid Vienna, Falcao scoring a hat-trick to take his tally to a competition-leading seven and eliminate the Austrian club. Besiktas joined FC Porto after 2-1 triumph at CSKA Sofia.

Edinson Cavani helped himself to a hat-trick as Napoli fought back from 3-1 down to both hold and eliminate FC Utrecht. Liverpool cannot be surpassed at the summit after drawing 1-1 away to Steaua Bucuresti side who remain in second but need to avoid defeat in Italy to prevent being overtaken at the last by Napoli.

Group J also promises a tense finish after Paris Saint-Germain beat Sevilla FC 4-2 and Borussia Dortmund defeated Karpaty Lviv 3-0. PSG are through but Sevilla need a point at home to Dortmund next time out to stave off the challenge of the Bundesliga leaders.

It is a similar situation in Group D, where Dinamo Zagreb were beaten 3-0 at Villarreal and PAOK Salonika were held 1-1 by Club Brugge. PAOK will meet Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia on 15 December to decide who will qualify alongside the Yellow Submarine. A point will be enough for PAOK.

Finally to Group E, where Dynamo Kiev flexed their muscles to record a 4-1 win at BATE Borisov that lifts them above their rivals at the top of Group E. Both teams are through, while Sheriff Tiraspol and AZ Alkmaar are out following a 1-1 draw in Moldova.

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