Europa League: Gera keeps qualifying hopes alive for Fulham; Roma, PSV & Sporting advance

Fulham 1 – CSKA Sofia 0 (Europa League, December 3, 2009) Fulham kept their Europa League qualification hopes alive with a 1-0 win over CSKA Sofia, courtesy of Zoltan Gera’s first half goal at Craven Cottage.

Roma 2 – Basel 1 (Europa League, December 3, 2009) Benjamin Huggel put the Swiss side ahead in the 18th minute, but Francesco Totti levelled from the penalty spot shortly after the half-hour mark after the Roma captain was held inside the area by Marcos Gelabert. Mirko Vucinic struck the winner in the 59th minute to make sure the Italians progressed with a game to spare.

Austria Vienna 0 – Athletic Bilbao 3 (Europa League, December 3, 2009) Fans caused play to be held up for 20 minutes in the 67th by launching fireworks onto the field to protest two contentious goals, the first goal scored by Fernando Lorente looked to be offside and the second goal from Mikel San Jose came from a free-kick they thought was wrongly awarded from the ref. Llorente added another seven minutes from the end to wrap up the points for the Spaniards.

Werder Bremen 4 – Nacional 1 (Europa League, December 3, 2009) Markus Rosenberg headed from milimeters out to put Bremen in front on 31 and three minutes later he bagged the second from perhaps even closer range. A sneaky free kick from Ruben Micael gave Nacional some hope with twenty minutes to go but late goals from Marcelo Moreno and Marko Marin sealed the victory.

Toulouse 1 – Partizan Belgrade 0 (Europa League, December 3, 2009) Daniel Braaten scrambled home the winner nine minutes after half time.

FC Copenhagen 2 – Cluj 0 (Europa League, December 3, 2009) Goals from Martin Vingaard and Dame N’Doye gave the home side the victory.

PSV 1 – Sparta Prague 0 (Europa League, December 3, 2009) Jonathan Reis kneed home the winner in the 90th minute.

Galatasaray 1 – Panathinaikos 0 (Europa League, December 3, 2009) Galatasaray beat Panathinaikos 1-0 through Mustafa Sarp’s 50th-minute goal, although the Greek team needs only to avoid defeat to Dinamo Bucharest in its final game to advance alongside Gala from Group F.

Sporting Lisbon 1 – Heerenveen 1 (Europa League, December 3, 2009) Sporting fell behind to Oussama Assaidi’s 47th minute goal but a stoppage-time goal from Leandro Grimi ensured Lisbon a place in the knockout phase.

Dinamo Bucharest 2 – Sturm Graz 1 (Europa League, December 3, 2009) Dinamo goalkeeper Emilian Dolha saved a fourth-minute penalty from Samir Muratovic but could not prevent Mario Sonnleitner from giving the already-eliminated visitors the lead 60 seconds later. Marius Niculae equalised in the 41st minute and bagged the winner in the 57th, and the hosts held on despite the 43rd-minute dismissal of Laurentiu Rus.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0 – Club Brugge 0 (Europa League, December 3, 2009)

Ventspils 0 – Hertha Berlin 1 (Europa League, December 3, 2009)

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Monterrey 2 – Toluca 0 (Mexican Apertura play-off, December 3, 2009)