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  • 08 Nov 18
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Soccer Football - Europa League - Group Stage - Group L - BATE Borisov v Chelsea - Borisov Arena, Barysaw, Belarus - November 8, 2018  Chelsea's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring their first goal with Gary Cahill and team mates       REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko 691px 444px Soccer Football - Europa League - Group Stage - Group L - BATE Borisov v Chelsea - Borisov Arena, Barysaw, Belarus - November 8, 2018 Chelsea's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring their first goal with Gary Cahill and team mates REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

By Christian Radnedge

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal and Chelsea were among seven teams to reach the Europa League knockout stage on Thursday, while last year's runners-up Olympique de Marseille were eliminated at the group phase.

The two Premier League teams were joined by Eintracht Frankfurt, Lazio, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Zurich and Dinamo Zagreb in the last 32 with two games still to play before the draw for the next round in Nyon, Switzerland on Dec. 17.

Arsenal qualified with a 0-0 draw against Sporting at The Emirates, although striker Danny Welbeck was carried off on a stretcher in the first half with a serious ankle injury, while Chelsea won 1-0 at BATE Borisov in one of the early kickoffs.

A heavily changed Arsenal side were unable to break down a dogged Sporting team, who were reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when defender Jeremy Mathieu fouled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he raced towards the area.

However, the point was enough to guarantee the north London side a place in the last 32 atop Group E on 10 points, with Sporting behind them on seven. Vorskla Poltava lost 1-0 to FK Qarabag, with both teams on three points.

Arsenal forward Welbeck was taken off on a stretcher and given oxygen in the 25th minute after landing awkwardly when jumping for a header only hours after being named in the England squad for their next internationals.

Earlier, Chelsea's France striker Giroud got his first goal this season in the second half to secure a win at BATE, meaning Maurizio Sarri's side have qualified from Group L.

Marseille were dumped out when they lost 2-1 at Lazio in Group H. Goals from Marco Parolo and Joaquin Correa were enough to extend a miserable run for the French side, who have now lost four games in a row in all competitions.

Lazio, meanwhile, went through along with Eintracht who eliminated Apollon Limassol with a 3-2 victory in the other game in the section.

Leverkusen joined both teams in the next stage after beating FC Zurich 1-0 at home in Group A but thanks to Ludogorets 0-0 draw with AEK Larnaca the Swiss side also progressed.

Dinamo Zagreb beat Spartak Trnava 3-1 to qualify from Group D while Anderlecht, UEFA Cup winners in 1983, were eliminated after their 2-0 defeat by Fenerbahce in the same group.

Sevilla, the most successful team in the history of the competition with five titles, went down to 10-men at Akhisarspor but came away with a 3-2 win in Group J thanks to a late Ever Banega penalty that ended the Turkish side's qualifying hopes.

There was a goalfest in Russia as Spartak Moscow came from 3-2 behind to lead Rangers 4-3 in two minutes before the hour mark with the home side's eventual win taking them to second place and level with their opponents on five points in Group G.

Rangers' domestic rivals Celtic kept their hopes alive with a 2-1 win over RB Leipzig in Group B, while AC Milan and Real Betis took a step towards qualifying with a 1-1 draw in Group F.

(This version of the story has been refiled to make clear in paragraph 12 that Sevilla went down to 10 men)

(Reporting by Christian Radnedge, additional reporting by Hugh Lawson in London; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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1 Manchester City MAC 86 34 28 2 4 87 22 +65 86
2 Liverpool LIV 85 34 26 7 1 77 20 +57 85
3 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 67 34 22 1 11 64 35 +29 67
4 Arsenal ARS 66 33 20 6 7 66 40 +26 66
5 Chelsea CHE 66 34 20 6 8 57 36 +21 66
6 Manchester United MUN 64 33 19 7 7 63 44 +19 64
7 Watford WAT 49 34 14 7 13 49 49 0 49
8 Leicester City LEI 48 35 14 6 15 48 47 +1 48
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 48 34 13 9 12 41 42 -1 48
10 Everton EVE 46 34 13 7 14 46 44 +2 46
11 West Ham United WES 43 35 12 7 16 44 54 -10 43
12 Newcastle United NEW 41 35 11 8 16 35 44 -9 41
13 AFC Bournemouth BOU 41 35 12 5 18 49 62 -13 41
14 Crystal Palace CRY 39 34 11 6 17 40 46 -6 39
15 Burnley BUR 39 34 11 6 17 42 60 -18 39
16 Southampton SOU 36 34 9 9 16 40 57 -17 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 34 34 9 7 18 32 53 -21 34
18 Cardiff City CAR 31 34 9 4 21 30 63 -33 31
19 Fulham FUL 23 35 6 5 24 33 76 -43 23
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