Europa delight for Shakhtar, Galatasaray, Werder

Updated: Nov 06, 2009, 08:55 AM IST

London: Shakhtar Donetsk kept up their excellent Europa League title defence when a 2-0 win in Toulouse clinched a place in the first knockout round.

Turkey`s Galatasaray also advanced with two matches to spare, winning 3-0 at Dinamo Bucharest in Group F, while Salzburg are on the verge of progressing after beating Group G rivals Levski Sofia 1-0 with a stoppage-time goal by Franz Schiemer.

Werder Bremen left it late to beat Austria Vienna 2-0 in Group L, Tim Borowski and Hugo Almeida on target as the Germans moved into the last 32.

Second-half goals by Luiz Adriano and Olexiy Gai in southern France gave Ukrainians Shakhtar a maximum 12 points from four games in Group J.

Group E is turning into a real dogfight. Former Liverpool full back John Arne Riise scored for Roma in a 2-1 triumph over England`s Fulham in the Olympic Stadium after the Serie A club had gone behind.

Stefano Okaka Chukka grabbed the winner after Erik Nevland was sent off for visiting Fulham, who ended with nine men when Paul Konchesky was red-carded in stoppage time.

The win lifted Roma into second place, two points behind Basel who beat CSKA Sofia 3-1.

Bureau Report