Europa League roundup: Sevilla, Celtic progress from early matches

Sevilla secured their passage into the knockout stage with one of the most lopsided victories of the day. Meanwhile, Celtic walked away with a massive victory to book their ticket to the next round, as the Scottish side beat Lazio 2-1 in Italy on Thursday.

Here’s the full slate of results from the Europa League’s early matches:

Early kickoffs

Group A

Sevilla’s goal of adding to their record haul of five Europa League titles took a step in the right direction, as the Spanish side eased into the next phase of the competition with a decisive 5-2 victory over Dudelange. Second-place Qarabag squandered their chances of joining Sevilla by falling to APOEL Nicosia despite leading at the half.

Group B

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FC Copenhagen failed to pull away from the pack after giving up a late equalizer in their 1-1 draw with Dynamo Kyiv, while Malmo scuppered their chance to climb into the top two of Group B with a disappointing away draw against basement-dwellers Lugano.

Group C

Basel padded their lead atop Group C with a 2-1 victory over a Getafe side that’s level on points with second-place Krasnodar. A win on matchday 5 against Krasnodar will result in the Swiss club’s passage to the round of 32.

Group D

It’s anyone’s guess as to who will progress to the knockout phase from Group D. Sporting CP lead the group with nine points after beating Rosenborg, while PSV were humiliated after their 4-1 loss to LASK.

Group E

Celtic are off to the round of 32 after upsetting Lazio in Rome on Thursday. James Forrest canceled out Ciro Immobile’s goal before Olivier Ntcham scored in injury time to send the visiting supporters into a frenzy. Lazio now sit six points behind second-place CFR Cluj with two matches left.

Group F

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Arsenal were minutes away from securing their place in the knockout stage during a rare Wednesday afternoon Europa League contest in Portugal. But it wasn’t meant to be, as Vitoria snatched a victory away from the visitors after Bruno Duarte’s acrobatic equalizer in injury time. Standard Liege drew level with Eintracht Frankfurt in the group by beating the German side 2-1 at home.