PSV out, Dynamo Kiev through in Europa League

PSV Eindhoven’s dismal season reached a new low on Thursday by

losing 1-0 at home to Chornomorets Odesa in the Europa League to

become the biggest name to crash out of the competition.

Dynamo Kiev avoided the same fate thanks to a 3-1 win over Rapid

Vienna, ensuring the Ukrainian giants joined Swansea, Slovan

Liberec, Chornomorets, NK Maribor and Maccabi Tel Aviv in reaching

the knockout stage on the final night of group play.

Tottenham, which crushed Anzhi Makhachkala 4-1 courtesy of

Roberto Soldado’s hat trick, and Red Bull Salzburg were the only

teams to finish the group stage with 100 percent winning

records.

The draw for the last 32 takes place on Monday and will contain

the eight teams that placed third in their Champions League groups

– Juventus, Ajax, Benfica, Napoli, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk,

Viktoria Plzen and Basel.

PSV is a former European champion and winner of the UEFA Cup –

the pre-cursor to the Europa League – but has fallen on hard times

and is languishing in 10th place in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie

after Saturday’s 6-2 humbling by Vitesse Arnhem.

Phillip Cocu’s side has also exited the Dutch Cup and is now out

of Europe thanks to Franck Dja Djedje’s 59th-minute goal for

Chornomorets, which qualified from Group B with Ludogorets Razgrad.

PSV is without a victory in more than two months.

Like PSV, Dynamo Kiev has been more accustomed to playing in the

Champions League over the past two decades but is no longer the

force of old.

Kiev just had enough to creep into the knockout stage as

runner-up from Group G, though, recovering from conceding early

against Rapid to ease to victory thanks to goals by Jeremain Lens,

Oleg Gusev and Miguel Veloso.

Swansea lost 1-0 at St. Gallen, with Marco Mathys scoring the

winner, but advanced as the runner-up in Group A because Kuban

Krasnodar only drew 1-1 at Valencia, which had already sealed top

spot.

The Swans became the second team from the English Premier League

to progress, with Tottenham having already qualified before its

thrashing of Anzhi. Lewis Holtby’s stylish finish added to

Soldado’s hat trick as Spurs secured a sixth straight win in Group

K.

Wigan failed to join them after losing 2-1 at Maribor, which

climbed from last place to runner-up in Group D above Zulte Wagerem

on goal difference. Zulte lost 2-0 at home to Rubin Kazan.

Maccabi Tel Aviv sealed runner-up spot in Group F courtesy of a

1-0 home win over Bordeaux and Slovan Liberec beat Freiburg to

second place in Group H – behind Sevilla – with a 2-1 win at

Estoril-Praia.

Fiorentina went through as the unbeaten Group F winner after a

2-1 win against FC Dnipro.