Monaco, having, Thursday, November 25, Real Sociedad (2-1) after a serious match, joined Lyon, already qualified and brilliant winner in Brondby (3-1); the two French clubs will therefore play the knockout stages of the Europa League, while Marseille is eliminated.
Two goals from Kevin Volland and Youssouf Fofana, very visible but excluded at the end of the match for a stupid fault, allowed the ASM to secure first place in group B, before the last group day, and to reassure after a series of frustrating results in Ligue 1.
Meanwhile, the Lyonnais were also down 1-0, but not for long, and Ryan Cherki, by opening his European counter with a brace in less than ten minutes, put OL back on track before Islam Slimani Closes the brand in style, among courageous Danes, but limited.
OM will try to catch up in the Europa League Conference
Earlier in the evening, Marseille, for its part, had lost all hope of qualifying for the eighth by losing in Turkey against Galatasaray (4-2), despite a double from Milik.
After four draws in four matches, Jorge Sampaoli’s team finally fell in Turkey, victim of its defensive fragility, a lot, and a little of the lack of success that pursues it in Europe: two bars affected in the first period, while everything was still possible, theoretically.
As Lazio Rome won easily in Russia, at Lokomotiv Moscow (3-0), the first place in this group will be played between the Italians and the Turks, on the last day.
For OM, the new objective is now to beat Moscow at the beginning of December, at the Vélodrome, then to win a jump-off to play the final phase of the Europa Conference League, at a level a priori more compatible with Marseille’s potential this season.
In addition, West Ham, who won in Vienna (2-0), and Bayer Leverkusen, winner of Celtic Glasgow (3-2), secured their ticket to the round of 16.
On the other hand, nothing is played in Group C, where four teams stand in two points, from Leicester to Legia Warsaw via Spartak Moscow and Naples.
Comparable situation in group F, with three teams in two points, the Red Star of Belgrade, the Portuguese of Braga and the surprising Danes of Midtjylland.
Rennes in the round of the Europa League Conference
In the Europa Conference League, Rennes will not need to play a play-off this winter: their twelfth consecutive unbeaten game was a prolific draw (3-3) at Roazhon Park, against the Dutch at Vitesse Arnhem.
Bruno Genesio’s men led 3-1 then let the Dutch return, but they qualified directly for the knockout stages of the C4, thanks to Tottenham’s defeat against the Slovenes of Mura (2-1). Antonio Conte’s Spurs will therefore have to go through a dam against a third group in the Europa League.