A classification to be won on the last day by Real Sociedad, after being unable to get past the draw (2-2) at home against a Croatian Rijeka, who no longer had any option to progress in the competition.
Who will not have to wait any longer is Milan, the brand new leader of the Italian League, who sealed his passport for the next round, after beating Celtic Glasgow 4-2 this Thursday, in a clash in which the Italians lost to the 14 minutes by 0-2.
But this Milan of Stefano Pioli, who still does not know the defeat in the Italian championship, in little or nothing resembles the disappointing team of past seasons.
And that the “rossoneri” could not count against the Scottish team with their greatest star, the Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, suffering from muscle problems.
Setback that did not prevent the Italian team’s comeback, in which the Spanish Samu Castillejo, who signed 2-2 after 24 minutes, and Brahim Díaz, who established the final 4-2 eight minutes before the end .
Along with Milan will also be in the round of 32 from group H, French Lille, which ensured its presence in the next round, by beating Sparta Prague 2-1, with a double in the final minutes from the Turkish Burak Yilmaz , which already has six goals in the competition.
The English Tottenham did not fail either, adding the point they needed to reach the round of 32 of the Europa League, despite missing the victory (3-3) on their visit to the Austrian LASK Liz field in the extension time.
With his mind more set on the meeting that will face him next Sunday with Arsenal and in which the “spurs” will try to defend the leadership of the English League, the Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho did not hesitate to introduce up to eight changes in the team initial.
Among them, the Welshman Gareth Bale, who signed in the extension time of the first half the momentary (1-1), in the only auction between the three clubs of the English team in the entire first period.
A goal that seemed to make Tottenham react, which improved notably in the second half, as evidenced by the goals of South Korean Son Heung-Ming and Dele Ali, who made it 2-3 in the 87th minute from eleven meters.
But even so, the English team could not take the victory, who saw the French Mamoudou Karamoko deprive them (3-3) of the victory in the extension time, but not of the classification.
A ticket that the other two English representatives already had insurance, Leicester, who fell 1-0 on Thursday against Ukrainian Zorya, and Arsenal, who beat Rapid Vienna in a match in which the of Mikel Arteta could count for the first time in the course with the support of the public in the stands, although limited to only 2,000 spectators.
For its part, German Bayer Leverkusen ensured its presence among the thirty-two best teams in the competition, after beating Nice 2-3, which was worthless even twice the score.
Villarreal also had to wait until the final stage to certify their qualification, which beat Turkish Sivasspor 0-1 this Thursday with a goal from Nigerian Samuel Chukwueze in the 75th minute.
Although the wait was worth it, since Unai Emery’s men sealed their ticket for the round of 32 with a spectacular triangulation between Manu Trigueros, Jaume Costa and Chukwueze himself.
More agonizing was Granada’s move to the next round, which achieved qualification thanks to the defeat of PAOK, who fell 2-1 on their visit to the Cypriot Omonia field, after losing at home (0-1) to PSV Eindhoven.
The Andalusian team was not able to equalize, despite accumulating a handful of good chances in the last half hour of play, the initial goal of Donyell Malen for the Dutch team, who with their triumph at Los Cármenes, like Granada, ensured their presence in the next roda.
A goal for which Real Sociedad will still have to continue fighting, which will play the ticket on the last day of its visit to the Naples field, after being unable to pass this Thursday from the draw (2-2) at home with Rijeka
It could even be, but for the Donostiarras who managed to equalize the contest with a goal in the 69th minute from Nacho Monreal, who keeps alive the qualifying options of Imanol Alguacil’s
Although for this, Real Sociedad will have to win next week in the field of Naples, which would be enough, after drawing 1-1 against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, with a point against the Guipuzcoans to ensure their presence in the round of 32.
A round in which Benfica will be, who beat Polish Lech Poznan 4-0, in a match in which Uruguayan Darwin Núñez scored again, and Scottish Rangers, who beat Standard de 3-2 Liège.
Slavia Prague, Braga, Antwerp, Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star Belgrade completed the roster of teams classified this Thursday for the Europa League round of 32.
Source: EFE Agency