April 14, 2024

UEFA Index: France’s big coup

Thursday’s action produced two serious disappointments: Stade Rennais and Olympique de Marseille needed only a draw to retain top spot in their group, but lost out in the dying minutes and had to be content with a play-off place. Nevertheless, France enjoyed another fine week in the race for fifth place.

As expected since last week, France has clinched that all-important fi…

Thursday’s action produced two serious disappointments: Stade Rennais and Olympique de Marseille needed only a draw to retain top spot in their group, but lost out in the dying minutes and had to be content with a play-off place. Nevertheless, France enjoyed another fine week in the race for fifth place.

As expected since last week, France has clinched that all-important fifth place, synonymous with four Champions League tickets (three direct plus one via the preliminary rounds) and its seven qualified teams.and the Europa League play-offs, while PSG drew 1-1 with Dortmund on Wednesday to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, taking five bonus points in the process. On Thursday, Toulouse won in Linz (1-2), validating their qualification for the Europa League, and Lille dominated Klaksvik (3-0), qualifying directly for the last 16 of the Europa League Conference.

On the Dutch front, Ajax Amsterdam overcame AeK Athens (3-1) to book their place in the Europa League Conference, while PSV drew with Arsenal (1-1) and Feyenoord were beaten 2-1 by Celtic. Above all, there was no miracle.