Trio through, but Rennes miss out

UEFA Europa League


St Etienne, Paris St Germain and Nancy are through to the group stage of the UEFA Cup after safely negotiating the second legs of their first-round ties on Thursday. Rennes, though, were knocked out on the away goals rule by Dutch side Twente.

St Etienne 2-1 Hapoel Tel Aviv (Agg. 4-2)

Bafetimbi Gomis found the net once in each half at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard to secure a 4-2 aggregate win over their Israeli opponents.

The striker's first - after 26 minutes - was slotted home from close range, before the 23-year-old scored his second twelve minutes from time after seizing onto Blaise Matuidi's astute through ball to send Laurent Roussey's men through.

Twente 1-0 Rennes (Agg. 2-2 - Twente through on away goals)

Rennes went out on away goals as they lost 1-0 to Steve McClaren's Twente in the Netherlands.

Guy Lacombe's men won the first leg 2-1 in Brittany, and appeared to have the second game well in hand until Blaise N'Kufo struck for the home side in the 67th-minute.

A flurry of changes to add more firepower to his side by Lacombe failed to spark the Bretons into life as they miss out on the group phase.

Motherwell 0-2 Nancy (Agg. 0-3)

Nancy also made it through to the group stage as they enjoyed a comfortable win at Scottish side Motherwell.

Already ahead 1-0 after the first leg, Pablo Correa's side killed off the tie in a five-minute first-half spell.

Marc Antoine Fortuné scored his first goal of the season on 18 minutes when he snapped up the rebound after Motherwell keeper Graeme Smith had parried Benjamin Gavanon's expertly-directed free-kick.

Mark McGhee's side barely had time to regroup when the tie was tipped decisively in Nancy's favour. Gavanon's free-kick this time evading everyone as he doubled his side's advantage to leave them cruising into the next round.

PSG 0-0 Kayserispor (Agg. 2-1)

Paris St Germain are through, but failed to build on their first-leg advantage against Turkish side Kayserispor.

Paul Le Guen's full-strength side passed up several chances to score, with Guillaume Hoarau and Fabrice Pancrate the main culprits, while Mickaël Landreau was more than once called into action to ensure the side from the capital would progress.

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