Matchday 5 of the Europa League is being contested on Thursday across three different kickoff times. Here’s a glance at what’s happened so far.
FC Porto scored a late winner to keep their Europa League hopes alive and deny Young Boys an opportunity to progress to the knockout stage. After drawing with Feyenoord on Thursday, Rangers will enter the final matchday as leaders of the group with a one-point edge over Porto and Young Boys. It’s all to play for in this quartet, as all four sides remain in contention.
Espanyol locked up the top spot Thursday by earning a point against Ferencvaros thanks to a 96th-minute goal from Sergi Darder. Ludogorets sit second on seven points after their draw against CSKA Moscow. The Bulgarian and Hungarian sides are in contention for second place heading into the final matchday, while the Russians have been eliminated from contention.
A point against Saint-Etienne was enough to guarantee Gent’s progression to the knockout round, while Wolfsburg also moved on by beating Oleksandriya. The two will battle it out in the final match of the opening stage to determine which side finishes atop the group.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s narrow win at Wolfsberger and Roma’s resounding 3-0 result at Istanbul Basaksehir put Thursday’s victors joint-top on eight points, with the Turkish side one-point adrift ahead of a pivotal trip to Germany for the group finale.
Braga stormed back from two goals down at home to Wolves in a frenzied affair to move top with a 3-3 draw. Both sides secured progression after Slovan Bratislava coughed up a one-goal lead at previously point-less Besiktas in a 2-1 defeat.
AZ Alkmaar fought back with two goals during the final three minutes of regular time against Partizan Belgrade to eliminate the Serbians from contention. AZ join Manchester United in progressing from the quartet, with the Dutch side visiting Old Trafford on Matchday 6 to determine the group winner.
FC Basel secured progression with a victory against Getafe on Nov. 7. Neither Getafe nor Russians Krasnodar could qualify on Matchday 5, and with the latter’s win over Basel paired with the Spaniards’ victory at Trabzonspor, both sides are locked on nine points before they faceoff on Dec. 12 in Madrid.
With qualification secured on Matchday 4, Jesse Lingard scored his first goal in 307 days for Manchester United before Dmitriy Shomko’s second-half effort and an own-goal from teenage debutant Di-Shon Bernard confirmed Astana’s first victory of the competition.