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Celtic beats Lazio to seal Europa knockout spot

Celtic beats Lazio to seal Europa knockout spot Photo: TT
Celtic celebrates after Olivier Ntcham scores injury time winner against Lazio

Celtic have sealed their passage into the knockout stages of the Europa League after a come-from-behind 2-1 win away to Lazio on Thursday.

Olivier Ntcham netted a 90th minute winner to send the Hoops through, with games to spare in Group E.

Earlier, Ciro Immobile opened the scoring for the hosts in the seventh minute before Celtic hit back in the 38th minute via James Forrest.

Celtic are top of the group with 10 points from four games, ahead of CFR Cluj on nine, while Lazio are third on three.

Glasgow rivals Rangers also recorded an impressive victory on Thursday, knocking off former European champions FC Porto 2-0.

Rangers solidified their grip on second spot in Group G, with goals thanks to Alfredo Morelos and Steven Davis.

Manchester United eased past Serbian club Partizan Belgrade 3-0 thanks to goals from Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

United are top of Group L and assured of a spot in the knockout stage, having not yet conceded a goal.

Wolverhampton remain on track for progress after a 1-0 home win over Slovan Bratislava with Raul Jimenez scoring a last-gasp winner.

Elsewhere, Sevilla sealed their spot in the next phase with a 5-2 win at F91 Dudelange in Group A.

FC Basel moved clear in Group C with a 2-1 win over Getafe, while LASK Linz claimed a big 4-1 win over PSV Eindhoven in Group D.

Standard Liege knocked off Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in Group F, with Arsenal having drawn with Vitoria 1-1 on Wednesday.

In Group J, Borussia Moenchengladbach netted a 90th minute winner from Marcus Thuram to beat AS Roma 2-1 for their maiden win.

Ben somerford
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