Former champions League winner Marseille, Copenhagen, Athletic Bilbao and AEK Athens were among the eight teams to qualify for the knockout stage of Europa League on the final night of group matches on Thursday.
Marseille advanced from Group I after a 0-0 home draw to group winner Salzburg.
Bilbao clinched the top spot in Group J after a 2-0 victory at Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk.
In the battle for second spot in Group H behind already-qualified Arsenal, Red Star Belgrade eliminated Cologne with a 1-0 victory.
Earlier, Copenhagen and Lokomotiv both advanced from the tightly contested Group F after victories over Sheriff Tiraspol and Zlin, respectively.
AEK needed a point and got it from a 0-0 draw at Austria Vienna to join AC Milan in the next phase from Group D.
Two other clubs advanced from the early kickoffs, with Astana making it through from Group A after a 1-0 victory at Slavia Prague, and a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim proving enough for Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad to qualify from Group C.
Sixteen clubs had already booked their places in the …read more