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Real Sociedad, Napoli squeeze through to Europa League last 32

Real Sociedad, Napoli squeeze through to Europa League last 32

Real Sociedad snatched qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League in the final seconds on Thursday after Willian Jose's late leveller in a 1-1 draw at Napoli and AZ Alkmaar's shock 2-1 defeat at Rijeka allowed the Spanish side to progress.

Young Boys, Molde, Wolfsberg and Maccabi Tel-Aviv rounded off the group stage by making Monday's draw in Nyon, where they join the 18 already-qualified teams and will be met by eight drop-outs from the Champions League.

La Liga high-fliers Sociedad were heading out of Europe as the final two matches of Group F headed into stoppage time, with Alkmaar set to go through in second place as the Dutch side were drawing at bottom side Rijeka and Napoli led in Naples thanks to Piotr Zielinski's fine first half strike.

However Jose's thumping finish to level the scores at a soaking Stadio Diego Armando Maradona put the Basque outfit back into second place, and Ivan Tomecak's 93rd-minute winner for Rijeka in Croatia confirmed Alkmaar's elimination.

Napoli finish top of the group on 11 points, two ahead of Sociedad in second who end the group stage a further point ahead of Alkmaar.

"I am happy, but the result was more important than who scored tonight. We achieved qualification and that is why we are all happy," said Zielinski.

Gennaro Gattuso's side knew that despite racking up 10 points in their previous five matches a defeat could cost them qualification and he started a strong team that was still missing injured forward Victor Osimhen.

Sociedad meanwhile needed to match Alkmaar with the pair level on eight points and in the absence of attacker Mikel Oyarzabal missed a host of chances early on.

Zielinski punished Sociedad for these misses when he opened the scoring against the run of play in the 35th minute when he classily brought down a clearance from a corner and lashed home a powerful finish.

However Jose sparked wild celebrations when he span and hit his shot into the roof of Ospina's net with seconds remaining, sending his team into Monday's last-32 draw.

- Young Boys burn Cluj -

Young Boys also qualified in dramatic fashion in the last round of group matches, on a night when iconic Italian striker Paolo Rossi was remembered across Europe after his death late on Wednesday night.

A 93rd-minute penalty from Jean-Pierre Nsame and Gianluca Gaudino's strike three minutes later sent the Swiss side through alongside Group A winners Roma with a 2-1 win over Cluj that also featured three red cards.

Cluj are out of Europe thanks to the two stoppage-time strikes, which came after Gabriel Debeljuh had put the Romanians provisionally second in the group with just six minutes remaining in Bern.

Wolfsberg are through to the knockouts thanks to a 1-0 win over Feyenoord which also knocks out the Dutch giants.

Former European champions Feyenoord needed a win in Austria to leapfrog their opponents into second place but were disappointing all night and never bounced back from Dejan Joveljic's 31st minute opener.

Maccabi went through behind Group I winners Villarreal thanks to a 1-0 win over Turkey's Sivasspor, who are eliminated.

Molde's 2-2 draw with Rapid Vienna was enough to see them through from Group B in second place behind Arsenal.

The Gunners finished the group stage with a perfect six wins from six after easing past bottom side Dundalk 4-2, while Rangers finished top of Group D thanks to their 2-0 win at Lech Poznan.

Premier League sides Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur also topped their groups thanks to respective wins over Royal Antwerp and AEK Athens.

AC Milan continued to show that they don't rely on injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic after a 1-0 win at Sparta Prague that allowed them to snatch first place in Group H.

Jen Petter Hauge's fine individual goal midway through the first half took the Serie A leaders to 13 points, two ahead of Lille who lost 3-2 at bottom team Celtic.

Europa League results on Thursday, the final round of group games:

Group A

CSKA Sofia (BUL) 3 (Tiago Rodrigues 5, Sowe 34, 55) Roma (ITA) 1 (Milanese 22)

Young Boys (SUI) 2 (Nsame 90+3-pen, Gaudino 90+6) CFR Cluj (ROM) 1 (Debeljuh 84)

Group B

Dundalk (IRL) 2 (Flores 22, Hoare 85) Arsenal (ENG) 4 (Nketiah 12, Elneny 18, Willock 67, Balogun 80)

Rapid Vienna (AUT) 2 (Ritzmaier 43, Melih brahimoglu 90) Molde (NOR) 2 (Wolff Eikrem 12, 46)

Group C

Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 4 (Bailey 8, 32, Diaby 59, Bellarabi 90+1) Slavia Prague (CZE) 0

Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) 1 (Hatuel 72) Nice (FRA) 0

Group D

Standard Liege (BEL) 2 (Raskin 12, Tapsoba 60) Benfica (POR) 2 (Everton 16, Pizzi 67-pen)

Lech Poznan (POL) 0 Rangers (SCO) 2 (Itten 31, Hagi 72)

Group E

PSV Eindhoven (NED) 4 (Malen 36, Dumfries 63-pen, Piroe 90+1, 90+3) Omonia Nicosia (CYP) 0

PAOK (GRE) 0 Granada (ESP) 0

Group F

Napoli (ITA) 1 (Zielinski 35) Real Sociedad (ESP) 1 (Willian Jose 90+2)

Rijeka (CRO) 2 (Menalo 52, Tomecak 90+3) AZ Alkmaar (NED) 1 (Wijndal 57)

Group G

Braga (POR) 2 (Abu Hanna 61-og, Ricardo Horta 68) Zorya Luhansk (UKR) 0

Leicester City (ENG) 2 (Under 12, Barnes 14) AEK Athens (GRE) 0

Group H

Sparta Prague (CZE) 0 AC Milan (ITA) 1 (Hauge 23)

Celtic (SCO) 3 (Jullien 22, McGregor 28-pen, Turnbull 75) Lille (FRA) 2 (Ikone 24, Weah 71)

Group I

Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) 1 (Saborit 67) Sivasspor (TUR) 0

Villarreal (ESP) v Qarabag (AZE) -- postponed due to coronavirus

Group J

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 2 (Carlos Vinicius 57, Lo Celso 71) Antwerp (BEL) 0

Ludogorets (BUL) 1 (Manu 46) LASK Linz (AUT) 3 (Wiesinger 56, Renner 62-pen, Madsen 67)

Group K

Wolfsberg (AUT) 1 (Joveljic 31) Feyenoord (NED) 0

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 3 (Gvardiol 28, Orsic 41, Kastrati 75) CSKA Moscow (RUS) 1 (Bistrovic 77)

Group L

Slovan Liberec (CZE) 0 Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 0

Hoffenheim (GER) 4 (Beier 21, 49, Skov 26, Kramaric 64) Gent (BEL) 1 (Nurio Fortuna 81)