The British Europa League teams all remain well on course to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament after Matchday 4, with Tottenham Hotspur and Everton recording comfortable wins against Asteras Tripolis and Lille, respectively, and Celtic managing a draw at Astra Giurgiu.
Dinamo Moscow continued their domination of the competition, high-scoring Red Bull Salzburg added five more goals to their tally in Croatia, and defending champions Sevilla easily took care of Belgian side Standard Liege with a 3-1 win.
The full results and updated standings can be seen below:
|Europa League Week 4 Results|
|Apollon Limassol||0 - 2||Borussia Monchengladbach|
|FC Zurich||3 - 2||Villarreal|
|FC Koebenhavn||0 - 4||Club Brugge|
|HJK||2 - 1||Torino|
|Asteras Tripolis||1 - 2||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Besiktas||2 - 1||Partizan Beograd|
|Astra Giurgiu||1 - 1||Celtic|
|Dinamo Zagreb||1 - 5||Salzburg|
|Dinamo Moscow||1 - 0||Estoril|
|Panathinaikos||2 - 3||PSV Eindhoven|
|FK Karabakh||1 - 2||Dnipro|
|Saint Etienne||1 - 1||Inter|
|Feyenoord||2 - 0||Rijeka|
|Sevilla||3 - 1||Standard Liege|
|Everton||3 - 0||Lille|
|Wolfsburg||5 - 1||FC Krasnodar|
|SSC Napoli||3 - 0||Young Boys|
|Sparta Prague||4 - 0||Slovan Bratislava|
|Dynamo Kyiv||2 - 0||AaB|
|Rio Ave||2 - 2||Steaua Bucuresti|
|Fiorentina||1 - 1||PAOK Thessaloniki FC|
|Guingamp||2 - 0||Dinamo Minsk|
|Legia Warszawa||2 - 1||Metalist Kharkiv|
|Lokeren||1 - 1||Trabzonspor|
|Europa League Standings|
|3||PAOK Thessaloniki FC||4||1||1||2||7||5||2||4|
Matchday 4 Key Results
Asteras Tripolis 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham have all but ensured themselves of passage to the knockout stages following a 2-1 win over Asteras Tripolis, as Spurs now lead the Greeks by four points with just two matches left to play.
The visitors weren't as dominant as they were in Week 3 but still proved themselves the better team. They deservedly took the lead from the penalty spot in the 36rd minute.
Andros Townsend was floored inside the penalty area and stepped up to take the spot-kick himself, slotting the ball past Tomas Kosicky.
Harry Kane doubled Spurs' advantage six minutes later, connecting with a Townsend cross to give the visitors a two-goal advantage heading into half-time.
Tottenham easily controlled the second half but still conceded a late goal after Federico Fazio gave up a penalty and saw a red card for a push, but the visitors comfortably held on for the win.
Kane continued his fine run of form with another goal, but as shared by Bleacher Report UK, he may also feature in the end-of-year highlight reels for worst misses of the season:
He was still happy with his performance, however, via the club's official Twitter feed:
Besiktas' 2-1 home win over Partizan Beograd means the Serbs can no longer make the next round, with Asteras Tottenham's sole remaining obstacle. The Greeks would have to win out the rest of the way to pass Spurs in the standings, and one more result in the final two matches would confirm Tottenham's spot in the next round.
Spurs will likely rival Besiktas for the top spot in Group C, with a head-to-head between both teams on the schedule for the final matchday.
Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Celtic
Celtic remain on pace for qualification following a 1-1 draw against Astra Giurgiu, but the Scots could have clinched their tickets to the next round if it weren't for a late equaliser from the hosts.
Stefan Johansen opened the score in the 32rd minute with arguably the greatest goal you'll see all weekend, a wicked long-range effort, as shared by The Continental Zone:
The Glaswegians remained the better team and had several chances to double their lead, but it was Astra's William Amorim who found the back of the net in the 79th minute, keeping the hosts' chances of qualifying for the knockout stages alive.
Vincent Laban saw a late red card for a dreadful tackle on Charlie Mulgrew, and Leigh Griffiths controversially had a goal disallowed for a nudge on Cristian Oro, who appeared to initiate more contact than the Celtic man did. The foggy stadium saw no more goals, however.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila was disappointed, via the club's Twitter feed:
Red Bull Salzburg thrashed Dinamo Zagreb 5-1, meaning the gap between the Croatians and Celtic is now five points. With one more draw against either Salzburg or Zagreb, the Scots would qualify for the next round. Giurgiu have been eliminated.
Everton 3-0 Lille
Everton easily handled Ligue 1 side Lille 3-0 to hold onto the top spot in Group H, needing just one more point in the final two matches to guarantee European football in 2015.
Leon Osman gave the Toffees the lead after 27 minutes. As shared by Squawka, he wasn't the man Roberto Martinez would normally count on to score such an important goal on this stage:
Phil Jagielka doubled the hosts' advantage minutes before half-time with a powerful header, giving Lille stopper Vincent Enyeama absolutely no chance.
Steven Naismith added a third after 60 minutes with a high blast from close range, becoming the seventh Everton player to score in this year's Europa League, via Squawka:
Belgium international and Liverpool-owned Divock Origi had a rough night, seeing very little of the ball while being deployed in a wide role.
The win sees Everton hold on to the top spot in Group H, one point ahead of Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, who defeated bottom of the group Krasnodar at home 5-1, with two goals from Nicklas Bendtner.
The Germans have been in fine form in the past few weeks, and they'll have the chance to knock the Toffees down a spot when they play host to Everton in Week 5.