The penultimate round of fixtures have now been completed in both the Europa and Conference Leagues, but while some of the British teams can relax heading into the final matchday, others will be facing a nervy conclusion.
West Ham United were already assured of their place in the knockout stages heading into their trip to Rapid Vienna, but they wrapped up top spot in Group H and with it an automatic place in the round of 16 thanks to their 2-0 victory at the Allianz Stadion.
David Moyes’ can now fully relax ahead of their final group game at home to Dinamo Zagreb, who will join the Hammers in the knockout stages if they avoid defeat at the London Stadium or if Genk fail to beat Rapid.
Rangers are the other British side now assured of their place in the knockout stages, as an Alfredo Morelos brace helped them to a 2-0 victory over Sparta Prague in what was Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first match in charge.
The Gers will finish second in Group A behind runaway leaders Lyon and it is the third year in a row they have made it through to the Europa League knockout stages.
Leicester City took a giant step towards joining West Ham and Rangers in the knockout rounds, as they went from bottom of Group C to the very top thanks to their 3-1 victory over Legia Warsaw at the King Power Stadium.
That victory means Brendan Rodgers’ side will be playing some form of European football in the New Year and a win in Napoli on Matchday Six would be enough to seal top spot and with it an automatic place in the last 16.
Celtic’s hopes of reaching the Europa League knockout stages are now over after they conceded two late goals to lose 3-2 against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.
It was a spirited effort from Ange Postecoglou’s side and they do have the comfort of dropping into the Europa Conference League, as they already have third place sewn up in Group G ahead of Real Betis’ trip to Parkhead on Matchday Six.
One team Celtic could face in the knockout stages of the Conference League is Tottenham Hotspur, although they face a battle just to make it through their group after their shock 2-1 defeat at NS Mura on Thursday.
Antonio Conte launched a scathing attack on his side after that loss, saying “the level at Tottenham is not so high” and that he will need time and patience to turn their fortunes around.
The defeat leaves Tottenham second in Group G, level on points with third-placed Vitesse Arnhem, and they must match the Dutch club’s result on Matchday Six to qualify – Spurs will be hosting table-toppers Rennes, while Vitesse have a home game against Mura.