Best XI of the Europa League Group Stages

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Best XI of the Europa League Group Stages
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The UEFA Europa League is firmly established as the second continental competition. But while the Champions League boasts the best teams in the world, its little brother offers a level of competitiveness and surprise that comes from the tournament's mammoth format. 

Thursday evening saw the group stage come to an end, with 24 sides progressing to the next round where the Champions League's third-placed outfits will be waiting. But who really stood out during the 72-match marathon that decided the placings? 

From Group A to Group L and from London to Tel Aviv, here are the top stars from the Europa League's opening round. 

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