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Galatasaray reached the Europa League knockout stages with a pulsating 4-2 home win over Olympique de Marseille on Thursday which eliminated the Ligue 1 side from Europe’s second-tier competition.

Lazio joined the Turkish side from Group E after two Ciro Immobile penalties helped the Italians to a 3-0 win at Lokomotiv Moscow, while Bayer Leverkusen advanced from Group G after a rollercoaster 3-2 home win over Celtic.

Roared on by a fervent home crowd, Galatasaray took a 12th-minute lead as Alexandru Cicaldau rifled in a shot from 15 metres before Duje Caleta-Car turned the Romanian’s low cross into his own net.

Sofiane Feghouli made it 3-0 with a tap-in before Arkadiusz Milik pulled one back when he scored on the rebound after Mulsera parried the Polish striker’s penalty.

Ryan Babel netted Galatasaray’s fourth with a sublime finish and Milik’s late header was scant consolation for Marseille.

Lazio had a Toma Basic header cleared off the line before Immobile converted his second-half spot-kicks in quick succession, sending home keeper Daniil Khudyakov the wrong way with the first before he drilled in the second off the post.

Pedro Rodriguez sealed Lazio’s win after a quick break.

Robert Andrich fired Leverkusen ahead and grabbed an 82nd-minute equaliser after Josip Juranovic and Jota had turned the tide for Celtic, with Moussa Diaby netting an 87th-minute winner to send the Bundesliga side through.

They were joined by Spaniards Real Betis, who eased to a 2-0 home win over Hungary’s Ferencvaros thanks to goals from Cristian Tello and Sergio Canales.

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West Ham had already booked their place in the knockout stages and they stayed top of Group H after first-half goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Mark Noble secured a 2-0 win at Rapid Vienna.

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Dinamo Zagreb missed a chance to join them as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by Belgium’s Genk, with both sides still in contention to clinch the runners-up spot in the last round of games on December7.

Group F is still wide open after Red Star Belgrade beat Ludogorets 1-0 thanks to a Mirko Ivanic effort and Midtjylland ground out a 3-2 home win over Braga, Evander Ferreira netting a stoppage-time penalty for the Danish side.

Red Star, Braga and Midtjylland are vying for the two knockout berths.



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