Dinamo & Salzburg advance in Europa League
Dinamo Moscow, FC Salzburg and Legia Warsaw won to reach the next round of the Europa League, while defending champion Sevilla took a step closer to qualifying after beating Standard Liege 3-1 on Thursday.
Forwards Kevin Gameiro and Jose Antonio Reyes pounced in the first half for Sevilla either side of a goal from midfielder Paul-Jose Mpoku, before Carlos Bacca sealed the win late on.
Earlier, striker Jonathan got a hat trick — making it five goals in two games — as Austrian side Salzburg won 5-1 at Dinamo Zagreb to top Group D, with two more points than Scottish champion Celtic.
Former Germany forward Kevin Kuranyi scored for the first time in 12 games in Dinamo’s 1-0 home win against Estoril to make it four straight wins for the Russian side.
Dinamo is five points ahead of Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, which won 3-2 at Greek side Panathinaikos.
Polish side Legia left it late before beating Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv 2-1, courtesy of an 84th-minute winner from 19-year-old Slovakian forward Ondrej Duda.
Celtic, meanwhile, missed the chance to join Salzburg in the next round as Romanian side Astra Giurgiu fought back to draw 1-1.
Stefan Johansen put Celtic ahead in the first half only for midfielder William to level with 10 minutes remaining.
Inter Milan stayed in control of Group F but it was another unconvincing performance.
Left back Dodo put Inter ahead in the 33rd before center half Moustapha Bayal Sall equalized shortly after halftime to give Saint-Etienne its first goal of the competition following three 0-0 draws.
Inter is close to qualifying, with four more points than Saint-Etienne, Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Qarabag of Azerbaijan, who are locked together.
Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Jonathan de Guzman scored a hat trick as Napoli won 3-0 at home to Swiss side Young Boys Berne to take some pressure off coach Rafa Benitez.
Sparta Prague, which beat Slovan Bratislava 4-0 at home, tops Napoli in Group I on goal difference.
Italian side Fiorentina sealed qualification from Group K after drawing 1-1 with Greek side PAOK, although it needed a last-gasp free kick from left back Miguel Pasquale to move three points ahead of French side Guingamp, which beat Dinamo Minsk 2-0.
Tottenham leads Besiktas of Turkey on goal difference in Group C.
Promising striker Harry Kane made it 10 goals in 14 games this season as Tottenham won 2-1 away to Greek side Asteras Tripolis.
Kane, who scored a hat trick in the corresponding fixture two weeks ago, headed home to make it 2-0 before halftime, after winger Andros Townsend put Spurs ahead from the penalty spot.
Demba Ba got both goals as Besiktas beat Serbian side Partizan Belgrade 2-1.
After drawing 0-0 away to Lille two weeks ago, Everton had little trouble winning the return fixture 3-0 with midfielder Leon Osman and center back Phil Jagielka scoring in the first half. Steven Naismith got the third.
Everton tops Group H by a point from Wolfsburg, which routed Russian side Krasnodar 5-1 at home, thanks to two goals each from midfielder Aaron Hunt and striker Nicklas Bendtner.
Borussia Moenchengladbach moved to the top of Group A thanks to a 2-0 win at Cypriot side Apollon Limassol. Spanish side Villarreal was one point behind Moenchengladbach after losing 3-2 away to FC Zurich, with all of the goals coming in a frenetic opening half hour.
Israel midfielder Lior Refaelov got a first-half hat trick as Belgian club Bruges won 4-0 at FC Copenhagen to move top of Group B. Italian side Torino was one point adrift following a 2-1 loss at Finnish side HJK Helsinki, which was last.
Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev leads Group J after winning 2-0 at home against Danish club Aalborg. Romanian side Steaua Bucharest was two points behind after rallying from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Portuguese side Rio Ave.