Marcus Thuram

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Europa League wrap: Late heroics lead Celtic, Gladbach to wins

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Manchester United was one of five clubs to punch tickets to the Europa League knockout rounds by the end of play Thursday.

[ RECAPS: Man Utd-Partizan | Wolves-Slovan Bratislava ]

The Red Devils beat Partizan Belgrade to join Sevilla, Celtic, Espanyol, and Basel in the next stage, while five teams have been eliminated: Rennes, Trabzonspor, Rosenborg, Besiktas, and Astana.

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 AS Roma

Federico Fazio made amends for an early own goal by leveling the score for AS Roma, but if you’ve been following the Bundesliga this year you know there was always a pretty good chance that Lilian Thuram’s kid Marcus was gonna make an impact on the proceedings.

Lazio 1-2 Celtic

Ciro Immobile’s early goal threatened to thwart the visitors’ hopes of a clinched knockout round berth, but James Forrest leveled the score before halftime and Olivier Ntcham found a winner deep in stoppage time to deliver the goods. Celtic made the Round of 32 last year before bowing out to Valencia.

Rangers 2-0 Porto

Alfredo Morales and Steven Davis secured a keynote win for Steven Gerrard‘s managerial resume, taking four of six points from the Portuguese giants. It’s not over yet, though, as Rangers’ 7 points are joint-top with Young Boys and both Feyenoord and Porto have four with two matches to play.

Full Europa League scoreboard

Vitoria 1-1 Arsenal — Wednesday, RECAP
APOEL Nicosia 2-1 Qarabag
Dudelange 2-5 Sevilla
CFR Cluj 1-0 Rennes
Standard Liege 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
LASK 4-1 PSV Eindhoven
Basel 2-1 Getafe
Lugano 0-0 Malmo
Manchester United 3-0 Partizan Belgrade — RECAP
Astana 0-5 AZ Alkmaar
Copenhagen 1-1 Dynamo Kiev
Krasnodar 3-1 Trabzonspor
Braga 3-1 Besiktas — USMNT’s Boyd scores
Rosenborg 0-2 Sporting Lisbon
Feyenoord 1-1 Young Boys
Porto 2-0 Glasgow Rangers
Ferencvaros 0-0 CSKA Moscow
Espanyol 6-0 Ludogorets
Wolfsburg 1-3 Gent
Oleksandriya 2-2 Saint-Etienne
Wolfsberg 0-3 Istanbul Basaksehir
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 Roma
Wolves 1-0 Slovan Bratislava — RECAP

Bundesliga wrap: Gladbach goes first, Wolfsburg still unbeaten

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We’ve got a new table leader, and the Foals of Borussia Monchengladbach won a wild one at home to move a point clear of Bayern Munich on Sunday.

[ MORE: Man Utd tops Norwich City ]

Saturday saw a draw in the Revier Derby and a RB Leipzig loss to Freiburg to allow Bayern Munich to climb first, but that lasted just one day.

Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Four different goal scorers found the mark as Gladbach built a 2-0 lead and outlasted a pair of comeback efforts at Borussia-Park.

Twenty-two year old Marcus Thuram, Lilian’s son, scored the opener to give him for five goals since arriving from Guingamp this summer.

Gladbach now has to defend the lead during a tough stretch which includes Dortmund away in the cup, Bayer away in league play, and Roma at home in the Europa League.

Wolfsburg 0-0 Augsburg

Disappointing for John Brooks’ men, who could’ve gone top of the table in the USMNT center back’s return from injury, but Wolfsburg remains the league’s only unbeaten team (4W-5D) following a draw which saw a would-be winner called back by VAR

Elsewhere

Friday
Mainz 3-1 Koln

Saturday
Freiburg 2-1 RB Leipzig
Hertha Berlin 2-3 Hoffenheim
Bayern Munich 2-1 Union Berlin
Schalke 0-0 Borussia Dortmund
Paderborn 2-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Werder Bremen

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Mönchengladbach 9 6 1 2 19 9 10 3-1-1 3-0-1 19
 Bayern Munich 9 5 3 1 24 11 13 3-1-1 2-2-0 18
 SC Freiburg 9 5 2 2 17 10 7 2-2-1 3-0-1 17
 VfL Wolfsburg 9 4 5 0 11 5 6 2-3-0 2-2-0 17
 Borussia Dortmund 9 4 4 1 20 11 9 3-1-0 1-3-1 16
 RB Leipzig 9 4 3 2 17 10 7 1-2-1 3-1-1 15
 FC Schalke 04 9 4 3 2 14 9 5 2-2-1 2-1-1 15
 Bayer Leverkusen 9 4 3 2 14 13 1 2-3-0 2-0-2 15
 Eintracht Frankfurt 9 4 2 3 16 14 2 3-2-0 1-0-3 14
 1899 Hoffenheim 9 4 2 3 11 13 -2 2-0-2 2-2-1 14
 Hertha BSC Berlin 9 3 2 4 15 16 -1 2-0-2 1-2-2 11
 Werder Bremen 9 2 4 3 15 19 -4 1-1-2 1-3-1 10
 FSV Mainz 05 9 3 0 6 10 19 -9 2-0-2 1-0-4 9
¬†Fortuna D√ľsseldorf 9 2 1 6 10 16 -6 1-1-2 1-0-4 7
 1. FC Union Berlin 9 2 1 6 9 15 -6 2-0-3 0-1-3 7
 1. FC Köln 9 2 1 6 9 19 -10 1-0-3 1-1-3 7
 FC Augsburg 9 1 4 4 10 21 -11 1-2-1 0-2-3 7
 SC Paderborn 9 1 1 7 11 22 -11 1-0-4 0-1-3 4