Europa League: Everton through as Celtic crash with a 3-all draw in Vienna; Valencia, Anderlecht & Benfica reach last 32

Everton 0 – BATE 1 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) Second-placed Everton put out a young side including five debutants and were beaten 1-0 by visitors BATE Borisov thanks to Alexander Yurevich’s 75th-minute goal.

Rapid Vienna 3 – Celtic 3 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) A much-changed Celtic side found themselves three goals behind after only 19 minutes as Nikica Jelavic (two) and Hamdi Salihi netted.  However, before the interval, Celtic striker Marc-Antoine Fortune scored to stem the tide. The Frenchman added a second in the 67th minute before Paul McGowan grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser.

Genoa 1 – Valencia 2 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) Bruno put Valencia ahead in Italy but Hernan Crespo equalized in the 51st minute to give the home side hope. David Villa then grabbed the winner for Valencia with the clock ticking.

Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 – Hamburg 0 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) Both teams had already qualified but Samuel Yeboah’s goal was enough to see the Israeli side through as group winners.

Steaua Bucharest 1 – Twente 1 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) Twente advanced despite being held at Steaua after table-toppers Fener beat Sheriff. The Eredivisie outfit secured a point when Ronnie Stam’s deflected equaliser cancelled out Pantelis Kapetanos’ opener.

Ajax 1 – Anderlecht 3 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) Heading to the Netherlands in second place, two points clear of Dinamo Zagreb, Anderlecht knew a draw would be good enough to see them advance. But the Belgian outfit went one better thanks to goals from brilliant 16-year-old Romelu Lukaku (two) and Jonathan Legear. Urby Emanuelson grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.

Villarreal 0 – Salzburg 1 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) Salzburg maintained their 10 per cent record with a 1-0 win over second-placed Villarreal thanks to Dusan Svento’s goal.

Lazio 0 – Levski Sofia 1 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) The only goal came in the 61st minute, as Hristo Yovov latched onto a perfect through ball and chipped it over the advancing Muslera. It was Levski’s first goal of the group stage.

Lille 3 – Slavia Prague 1 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring after 25 minutes before Gervinho netted six minutes before half-time to put Lille firmly in control. Stanislav Vicek pulled a goal back for Slavia but Ludovic Obraniak eased any nerves when he converted 10 minutes from time.

Benfica 2 – AEK 1 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) Angel Di Maria bagged a brace as Benfica rubber-stamped their status as winners of Group I with a battling 2-1 win at AEK Athens. Di Maria made sure of the points with long-range efforts in either half while Ismael Blanco netted a late consolation for AEK.

Dinamo Zagreb 1 – FC Timisoara 2 (Europa League, December 17, 2009)  The Croatians fell behind when Gheorghe Bucur opened the scoring midway through the second period but parity was restored when Cristian Scutaru put through his own net inside the final 10 minutes. Dorin Goga hit the winner six minutes before time to hand the Romanians a first win.

Fenerbahce 1 – FC Sheriff 0 (Europa League, December 17, 2009) Fenerbahce’s victory came courtesy of a 15th-minute strike from Ugur Boral.

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Brisbane Roar 2 – North Queensland Fury 0 (A-League, December 16, 2009)