Already victorious in Serbia in the first leg (1-0), AS Monaco left nothing to chance. An initial brace from Kevin Volland led the way, added to an own goal from Rodic and a scoring close by the insatiable Volland.
But the Monegasques did not finish at the top of their group because Ferencvaros, beaten by the Turks of Trabzonspor (1-0), was better in their direct confrontations: a victory in Monaco, a draw in Hungary.
Nantes fulfilled the contract
Meanwhile, FC Nantes fulfilled its contract by going to win in Piraeus, on the lawn of Olympiakos, bottom of group G. Two goals at the end of the match, by Mostafa Mohamed and Ludovic Blas, will allow the Canaries to play a “16th final” of C3 against an eliminated from the C1.
The suspense however lasted until the end of the seven minutes of additional time of the other meeting of group G, between the team B of the leader Freiburg, already qualified, and the Azeris of Qarabag (1-1), who tried everything but will be donated to the Europa League Conference.
Regrets for Rennes
Last French club engaged in C3, Rennes could not do better than Fenerbahce. Logical draw against the Cypriots of Larnaca therefore, while the Turks were satisfied with a sufficient draw with Slovacko (1-1). They finish two points ahead of the Britons.
In Group E, Manchester United also failed to finish first, the fault of an insufficient victory (1-0) at Real Sociedad. It will therefore be a barrage for the Red Devils, while the Basques are already in the round of 16.
The notable elimination is Lazio Rome, beaten 1-0 in Rotterdam by Feyenoord, while the surprising Danes of Midtjylland snatched 2nd place in Group F, in a hard fight, beating the Austrians of Graz (2-0) . The four teams in this group finish with eight points each, but it is Lazio who will play a Europa League Conference play-off while Feyenoord and Midtjylland continue their journey in C3 and Sturm Graz are eliminated from all European competition.
Nice also continues the adventure
Nice drew 2-2 at Cologne on the final day of Europa League Conference Group B on Thursday, enough to send OGCN through to the round of 16 as Partizan Belgrade could do no better than a draw in the same time against Slovacko.
The Niçois nevertheless scared themselves: after leading at rest 2-0 thanks to goals from Laborde and Brahimi, they let Cologne come back to score with two goals from Huseinbasic then Duda at the start of the second period but then succeeded until at the end to resist the assaults of the German team.