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Liverpool crush LASK to reach Europa League last 16, Marseille advance

Liverpool move on to 12 points and will top the standings after second-placed Toulouse were held to a goalless draw at home by Union Saint Gilloise

Reuters Liverpool Published 02.12.23, 09:10 AM
Luis Diaz celebrates Liverpool’s opening goal against LASK during the Europa League group E match in Liverpool on Thursday.

Luis Diaz celebrates Liverpool’s opening goal against LASK during the Europa League group E match in Liverpool on Thursday. AP/PTI picture

Liverpool eased into the Europa League round of 16 with a 4-0 home win over Austria’s LASK in Group E and Olympique de Marseille secured a top-two finish in Group B after a thrilling 4-3 win over Ajax Amsterdam on Thursday.

Premier League Liverpool moved on to 12 points and will top the standings after second-placed Toulouse were held to a goalless draw at home by Union Saint Gilloise.

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Luis Diaz put Liverpool ahead after 12 minutes with a header from Joe Gomez’s cross and Cody Gapko’s tap-in doubled the lead three minutes later.

Mohamed Salah’s penalty made it 3-0 early in the second half and Gapko added his second in stoppage time to complete the rout.

Auba’s hat-trick

Marseille advanced from the group stage with victory over 10-man Ajax thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hat-trick completed late in stoppage time.

Ajax had levelled three times, Brian Brobbey scoring twice, but they had Steven Berghuis sent off in the second half following a challenge on Joaquin Correa.

Villarreal also progressed to the knockout stages with a 3-2 win Panathinaikos in Group F after the Greek side fought back from 3-0 down.

Rangers drew 1-1 with Aris Limassol and the Scottish team remained in contention for a top-two spot in Group C with seven points, one ahead of Sparta Prague who beat leaders Real Betis 1-0.

Bayern Leverkusen confirmed their place in the round of 16 as Group H winners with a 2-0 win over BK Hacken.

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored for AS Roma but they failed to secure victory over Servette as Chris Bedia equalised for the Swiss side in a 1-1 draw in Group G.

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