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Rangers Defeat the Betis To advance to the Europa League Round of 16, Brighton defeats Marseille

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<p>On Thursday, a 3-2 victory against Real Betis sent Rangers into the Europa League round of 16, while Joao Pedro’s late goal helped Brighton defeat Marseille. With 12 minutes remaining and Sparta Prague leading 3-1 against Aris, Rangers, the competition’s runners-up two seasons before, were on their way out of the tournament and into the Europa Conference League.</p>
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<p>However, Roofe bundled the ball in from three yards out to move Rangers from third to first in Group C after a corner was twice unable to clear.</p>
<p>Abdallah Sima and Cyriel Dessers gave the Scottish powerhouses two goals in the first half, but Juan Miranda and Ayoze Perez tied the score for Betis.</p>
<p>After suffering their first home loss of the season, the Rangers hung on for a thrilling victory that forced Betis to settle for a Conference League play-off position.</p>
<p>“It’s always been special during my time here, playing in Europe,” Roofe said to TNT Sports.</p>
<p>Brighton defeated Marseille 1-0 at home in Group B to avoid a Europa League knockout phase play-off in February.</p>
<p>Both clubs had already guaranteed themselves a spot in the top two, but a victory was necessary for the Seagulls to overtake OM atop the rankings.</p>
<p>Pedro scored his sixth goal in as many Europa League games this season in the 88th minute after displaying deft movement in the area and smashing the ball into the top corner. The Premier League team had extended stretches of difficulty breaking down their visitors.</p>
<p>“I lost everything, even my voice. The game was incredible. Roberto De Zerbi, the manager of Brighton, remarked, “We played fantastic football.</p>
<p>After defeating Freiburg, who came in second in Group A, 2-0 with to goals from Mohammed Kudus and Edson Alvarez, West Ham completed a perfect sweep of British clubs by winning their group.</p>
<p>Belgium sees Liverpool lose.</p>
<p>In their last group match, a young Liverpool team was defeated 2-1 at Union Saint-Gilloise.</p>
<p>Starting six players who are 20 years of age or younger, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made the alterations with an eye toward his club’s Premier League match against rival Manchester United this coming weekend. Klopp’s squad was already certain of winning Group E.</p>
<p>Mohamed Amoura gave Saint-Gilloise the lead before Jarell Quansah gave Liverpool a response. Saint-Gilloise needed the win to maintain their ambitions of surpassing Toulouse for second place.</p>
<p>Two minutes before halftime, Cameron Puertas restored the home team’s lead with a low shot that beat Caoimhin Kelleher at his near post.</p>
<p>Although Toulouse defeated LASK Linz 2-1 in the other group match to finish second, the Belgians advanced to the Europa Conference League play-off round. Klopp substituted Joe Gomez, Ryan Gravenberch, and Darwin Nunez in the second half, but Saint-Gilloise held on for a historic victory.</p>
<p>With a 3-2 victory against Rennes, Villarreal secured first place in Group F and automatic qualifying for the round of 16. Dani Parejo scored the game’s late goal.</p>
<p>when the final whistle, there were skirmishes when Lorenz Assignon’s goal in the 12th minute of injury time seemed to bring Rennes back to the top of the group, but VAR disallowed it.</p>
<p>When Enzo Le Fee’s own free kick hit the woodwork during the build-up, VAR stepped in to recover the ball.</p>
<p>Coach Julien Stephan of Rennes said, “I also learned (this rule) to be very honest at that time.”</p>
<p>“I knew it was the case from the penalty spot, but I didn’t think it could exist from a free kick.”</p>
<p>The Ligue 1 squad’s main task was to avoid losing in order to win the championship; instead, they will have to play a team that is eliminated from the Champions League.</p>
<p>The Azeri team Qarabag defeated Haecken 2-1 to take second place in Group H.</p>
<p>They trailed Bayer Leverkusen by eight points in the group standings, however, as the Bundesliga leaders defeated Molde 5-1 to extend their perfect start to the season to 23 games in all competitions.</p>
<p>Premier League heavyweights Aston Villa advanced to the round of 16 in the Conference League when Nicolo Zaniolo scored the team’s first goal in a 1-1 draw against Bosnian side Zrinjski.</p>


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