Antonio Conte’s Tottenham and Roma were both pushed to the end when their lesser-known rivals threatened their shock victories in the opposite games on the third day of play, but LASK, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Carbag had more to celebrate.
UEFA.com sums up the action on Thursday night.
How the illegal immigration to knockout works
The eight winners of the groups automatically move to the last 16. Additional playoff games of knockout rounds will be played before the quarter-finals between the eight team runners-up and third-ranked teams from the UEFA Europa League teams.
Rome 2-2 Bodo / Glimt
The Norwegian team were six minutes away from continuing their stunning 6-1 win at home to Roma two weeks ago with a win in Italy before Roger Ibanez nodded at the lift in a desperate late push. Ola Solbakken’s sublime curler put the visitors ahead before the break and Stefan Al Sharawi responded with a lovely shot of his own shortly afterwards. Eric Bothheim’s header put the visitors back in the lead, and another famous win was on the line before Roger Ibanez intervened.
Given a key: Bothheim contributed three goals and four assists in four team games.
25/11: Roma vs. Zoria Luhansk, Bodo / Glimt v. CSKA-Sofia
Tottenham speed 3-2
First game on roller coaster in charge of Spurs Conte’s new boss. Tottenham climbed to a 3-0 lead within 28 minutes thanks to the cooking of Hong-Min Sun, Lucas Moreh and an own goal from Jacob Rasmussen. However, Vitsa’s defender soon scored on the right wing, and Matosh Brue further reduced the deficit before the break. The Spurs’ troubles increased when Cristiano Romero was sent off for a second offense with an order of an hour, but the visitors finished with nine players when the bar Danilo Duaki and goalkeeper Marcus Schubert were both sent off late.
Given a key: Sun scored the first goal under each of Tottenham’s last three permanent managers.
25/11: Fear against Tottenham, Ren against Vitesse
Guaranteed to finish first two
Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR)
Best of all
- Ghent could have become the first team up to the last 16, but a fourth home win was postponed to the closest rival from Group B, Partizan.
- Feyenoord opened up a four-point lead at Group E while Copenhagen soared rival PAOK to Group F.
- The first two are out of reach in House H, where Carbag is two points away from the second basalt with two more games. Their 6th game day meeting in Switzerland could be crucial.
- Conflict 5 is expected for the leaders of the joint Group A, as Maccabi Tel Aviv and LASK have promised that their European campaigns will continue into the new year with victories.
- Young Japanese Kaito Nakamura scored both goals for LASK against Alaskart, while Englishman Andre Green was also in the doubles when Slovan Bratislava scored in Gibraltar.
All game results 4
Group a: M. Tel Aviv 3-0 HJK, LASK 2-0 Alashkart
Group B: Flora 2-2 Anorthosis, Janet 1-1 Partisan
Group C: Zoria Luhansk 2-0 CSKA-Sofia, Roma 2-2 Bodo / Glimt
Group D: Renders 2-2 Jablonecs, AZ Alkmaar 2-0 CFR Cluj
Group E: Union Berlin 1-2 Feyenoord, Slavia Praha 1-0 m Haifa
Group F: Lincoln Red Imps 1-4 Slovan Bratislava, PAOK 1-2 Copenhagen
Group G: Tottenham 3-2 Vitesse, Ran 1-0 fear
Group H: Kairat 1-2 Karbach, Omunoi 1-1 Basel
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