West Ham United reach the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League after a win over Rapid Vienna on Thursday made headlines for all the above action. Supreme +. Andriy Yarmolenko headed home Nikola Vlasic, opening the scoring shortly after half-time in a game played behind closed doors. Mark Noble also scored a penalty after a foul on Yarmolenko to ensure that David Moyes’ men finished top of Group H with a game to spare.
In the UEFA Europa Conference League, Tottenham Hotspur suffered a humiliating defeat to NS Mura to threaten their chances of reaching the last 16. Antonio Conte’s men with Ryan Sessegnon were sacked after Tommy Horvat’s opening goal. Second place is the best Spurs can hope for in Group G now with Stade Rennais, the away side in their final game having qualified thanks to the Slovenian side’s late winner after the draw. 3-3 with Vitesse Arnhem.
“I don’t like what happened tonight,” Conte said. “I have to be honest with you that after three and a half weeks, I started to understand the situation.” It is not simple because certainly in this moment, Tottenham’s level is not too high. There is an important gap with the top teams in England. Of this, we must not be afraid. I am here to work, here to improve the situation. The situation now begins to be very clear in my mind. I love to win and I play to win every competition. The same must happen with my players. “
Celtic also fell belatedly to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League to end their knockout hopes with Robert Andrich’s double and Moussa Diaby’s efforts making the efforts of Josip Juranovic and Jota a mere consolation. . The Scottish giants are four points behind Real Betis in second while Celtic are firmly in third and relegated to the Europa Conference League.
Leicester City are top of Group C Europa League with one game left after a 3-1 win over Legia Warsaw at the King Power Stadium. Patson Daka and James Maddison took a two-goal lead just for Filip Mladenovic to halve the deficit and then restore the two-goal lead. It remains the same for the Foxes’ men and Brendan Rodgers now leads ahead of Spartak Moscow and Napoli after the Russians won on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Alfredo Morelos scored twice to give Giovanni van Bronckhorst a winning start as Rangers manager as the Scottish giants progressed through the knockout stages at the expense of Sparta Prague. With Brondby’s defeat to Rayan Cherki-inspired Lyon, Rangers are now firmly in second place in Group A.
Group E has also been decided with Galatasaray and Lazio both winning to advance to Marseille and Lokomtiv Moscow. The Turks knocked out OM 4-2 while the Russians failed to beat Biancocelesti with a score of 3-0.