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December 4, 2021
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Dinamo and CFR Cluj out of UEFA Europa League

Dinamo Bucharest and CFR Cluj lost their last games in UEFA Europa League on Wednesday and go out of the competition.


Djibril Cisse scored two late goals as Panathinaikos FC beat FC Dinamo 1948 Bucharest 3-0 to secure second in Group F, earning Nikolaos Nioplias a charmed introduction to the UEFA Europa League, uefa.com comments. The hosts forged ahead nine minutes after the interval with a goal heavier on significance than style. Loukas Vintra’s up-and-under looked hopeful at best but goalkeeper Emilian Dolha contrived to drop it and the lurking Ante Rukavina could not miss. Needing two goals to progress at their opponents’ expense Dinamo went on the attack, hitting the crossbar for a second time before Cisse struck twice himself in the last ten minutes to see Panathinaikos through.


The “Greens” needed only to avoid defeat to be certain of a place in Friday’s round of 32 draw, but with recently-installed coach Nioplias’s pre-match talk of victory ringing in their ears, they played with great intensity.


CFR Cluj lost their home play against PSV Eindhoven (0-2) and go out of the competition from the last place of the Group K.


Danko Lazovic’s first-half penalty and substitute Nordin Amrabat’s strike decided a game with nothing at stake for either side in Group K, the hosts already guaranteed to finish last and PSV having been crowned as section winners.


Cluj made the brighter start and Yssouf Kone should have given them an early lead when Captain Tony curled over an inviting cross from the right, only for the unmarked striker to direct his header wide of the target from eight metres.


Though clearly heading for a fifth consecutive defeat in the competition, the hosts stuck to the task and were nearly rewarded when Emil Dica sent in a wickedly curling free-kick on 74 minutes to draw a fine save from Andreas Isaksson. PSV saw off the final threats, though, to head into the round of 32 on the back of a fourth section victory.


Other results on Wednesday night:


Group D:


Hertha Berlin – Sporting 1-0;


SC Heerenveen – FK Ventspils 5-0;


Group E


PFC CSKA Sofia – AS Roma 0-3;


FC Basel 1893 – Fulham FC 2-3;


Group F:


SK Sturm Graz – Galatasaray AS 1-0;


Group J:


Club Brugge – KVToulouse FC 1-0;


FK Partizan – FC Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0;


Group K


AC Sparta Praha – FC Kobenhavn 0-3;


Group L


Athletic Club – Werder Bremen 0-3;


CD Nacional – FK Austria Wien 5-1.


Dinamo Zagreb – FC Timisoara and Steaua Bucharest – FC Twente, the last games of the Romanian teams, took place on Thursday night, after the closing of this edition.

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