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Liverpool Dominates; Marseille Thrills in Europa

 Liverpool Dominates; Marseille Thrills in Europa

Olympique de Marseille
Chancel MBEMBA, Geoffrey KONDOGBIA, Amine HARIT, Ismaila SARR, Iliman NDIAYE, Bamo MEITE and Emran SOGLO of Marseille celebrates the victory after the UEFA Europa League groupe B match between Olympique Marseille v Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax at Orange Velodrome on November 30, 2023 in Marseille, France(Image-Getty) 

Liverpool secured a comfortable passage into the Europa League round of 16 with a convincing 4-0 victory over Austria's LASK in Group E. Luis Diaz's header, followed by Cody Gapko's tap-in, gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead within the first 15 minutes. Mohamed Salah's early second-half penalty extended the lead to 3-0, and Gapko added his second in stoppage time. With 12 points, Liverpool is set to top the group after second-placed Toulouse drew 0-0 against Union Saint Gilloise.

In Group B, Olympique de Marseille clinched a top-two finish with a thrilling 4-3 win over Ajax Amsterdam. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's hat-trick, completed in late stoppage time, propelled Marseille forward. Despite Ajax leveling three times, including two goals from Brian Brobbey, they faced challenges with Steven Berghuis' second-half red card.

Villarreal progressed in Group F with a 3-2 win over Panathinaikos, overcoming the Greek side's comeback from 3-0 down. Rangers drew 1-1 with Aris Limassol, keeping them in contention for a top-two spot in Group C with seven points, one ahead of Sparta Prague, who beat leaders Real Betis 1-0.

Bayern Leverkusen secured their place in the round of 16 as Group H winners with a 2-0 win over BK Hacken. Qarabag and Molde are vying for a playoff place as runners-up after their 2-2 draw.

In Group G, AS Roma, with a goal from Romelu Lukaku, drew 1-1 with Servette as Chris Bedia equalized for the Swiss side. Slavia Prague made significant progress towards claiming top spot in the group with a 3-2 win over Sheriff, courtesy of Muhamed Tijani's stoppage-time penalty. Both Roma and Slavia Prague are set to finish in the top two places, with Slavia holding a two-point advantage heading into the final group games.

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