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(Almost) full house for French clubs: OM, Lille and Rennes will play in the Europa League play-offs

2023-11-30T22:37:41.955Z

Highlights: Olympique de Marseille, Stade Rennais and Lille beat Ajax, Maccabi Haifa and Olimpia Ljubljana. Rennes held to a goalless draw by Union Saint-Gilloise. Toulouse three points ahead of USG and will only need a draw against Austria's LASK. First group places to be confirmed on 14 December in Europa League play-offs. The winners of the Europa League are guaranteed to finish second in their group at worst.


Rennes, Marseille and Lille, winners of the Europa League on Thursday night, are all guaranteed to finish second in their group at worst


Huge relief for the French clubs, and for the UEFA index! By beating Ajax (4-3), Maccabi Haifa (0-3) and Olimpia Ljubljana (0-2), Olympique de Marseille, Stade Rennais and Lille are guaranteed to finish at worst in 2nd place in their groups in the Europa League for the first two, in the Europa Conference League for the third. And therefore to access the play-offs of these competitions.

In front of the crowd at the Vélodrome, OM clinched a precious and spectacular victory in the last minutes against a devious Ajax (4-3), thanks to a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

THAT MONSTROUS BUUUUT OF AUBAMEYANG! 😱

What a comeback from the OM striker to give Marseille 😍 the lead#OMAJA | #EuropaLeague pic.twitter.com/FRSBJGG9uk

— CANAL+ Foot (@CanalplusFoot) November 30, 2023

Earlier in the evening, in complicated conditions (Rennes were playing behind closed doors in Budapest, Lille on a soggy and very muddy pitch in Slovenia), Stade Rennais and Losc did not tremble against affordable opponents. Terrier (29′) and Gouiri (47′) allowed Rennes, for the first time in Europe since the return of Julien Stéphan, to get the job done. On the Lille side, we could count on goals from a very lively Cabella (15′) and Yazici (75′).

First group places to be confirmed on 14 December

Marseille, Rennes and Lille are first in their groups and are now guaranteed to finish, in the worst scenario, in 2nd place, synonymous with a play-off for the knockout rounds. OM (11 points) have one point more than Brighton (10 pts), and it is against the English that they will play the final of this group for 1st place on December 14.

Rennes (12 pts) are three points ahead of Villarreal (9 pts) and will only need a draw against the Spaniards in two weeks' time to qualify directly for the knockout stages. Meanwhile, Lille (11 pts) are one point ahead of Slovan Bratislava and will face KI Klaskvik on 14 December.

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Only Toulouse FC, who had to confirm after their exploit against Liverpool two weeks ago, did not win on the French side tonight. As in the first leg, the Violets were held to a goalless draw by Union Saint-Gilloise (0-0). Even so, it does little to affect their chances of making the play-offs. While Liverpool, 1st with 12 points, are now out of reach, Toulouse (8 pts) are three points ahead of USG (5 pts) and will only need a draw against Austria's LASK.

Source: leparis

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