Bordeaux and Rennes alive in Europe; Marseille out
Girondins de Bordeaux and Stade Rennais FC can still progress to the UEFA Europa League knock-out stages, but Olympique de Marseille are out. Round up...
UEFA Europa League, Matchday 4
Girondins de Bordeaux 1-1 FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Bordeaux kept their Europa League hopes alive with a 1-1 draw at home to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Andreas Cornelius was given the nod to start at the point of the Bordeaux attack and came close to opening the scoring inside the first half hour, heading Maxime Poundjé's cross narrowly over. Instead it was François Kamano who opened the scoring, converting from the spot after Youssouf Sabaly had been felled in the Zenit box.
The Russians pulled back onto level terms inside the final 20 minutes when Anton Zabolotny capped off an impressive team move, but Les Girondins were nonetheless unfortunate not to leave with all three points, Nicolas de Préville firing wide at the last. With SK Slavia Praha and FC Kobenhavn drawing the other Group C game, Bordeaux could yet progress with six points still up for grabs.
FC Dynamo Kyiv 3-1 Stade Rennais FC
Rennes also lost away from home, going down 3-1 to FC Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine. Unlike Marseille, however, the Bretons can still progress to the knock-out stages, although they need to win their remaining two games against FK Jablonec and FC Astana to have any chance.
Benjamin Verbic, Vitaliy Mykolenko and Mykola Shaparenko were on target to secure a result which somewhat flattered the hosts, who were fortunate to keep Ismaïla Sarr out from close range at the start of the second half before finally seeing their net bulge in the final minute following a Jordan Siebatcheu tap-in.
SS Lazio 2-1 Olympique de Marseille
Marseille bowed out of this season's competition following a narrow 2-1 loss to SS Lazio in Rome.
Florian Thauvin had been a doubt to make the trip to Italy after coach Rudi Garcia had said that OM had "lost to Lazio with our so-called best team" in the reverse fixture, but the France attacker started and gave notice of his threat on the half hour with a stinging shot from range which deflected narrowly over.
Goals from Marco Parolo and Joaquin Correa either side of half-time changed the shape of the game, however, and even though Thauvin reduced the arrears on the hour after getting on the end of Morgan Sanson's pass into the area, the visitors had to settle for a 2-1 defeat which makes their progress from Group H impossible with only two games left.