Ajax and AZ move on in Europa League, Feyenoord are out

europa leagueTwo Dutch clubs – AZ and Ajax – have made it through to the knock-out rounds of the Europa League after wins on Thursday evening.

But Rotterdam side Feyenoord is out of the Europa League after losing 1-0 at home to Turkish team Fenerbahçe. Manchester United ended second in group A with a 2-0 win over Zorja Loegansk.

AZ of Alkmaar had better luck AZ with a 3-2 win over FC Zenit and will move on to the knock-out stage after the winter break.

Ajax, already assured of a place in the knock-out competition, drew 1-1 away against Standard Liege. The match was held up for a time in the first half after fireworks were thrown on the pitch by Dutch fans.

The incident led Ajax director Edwin van der Sar to apologise to the Belgian club. ‘It is a stain on this game and on the good European campaign we have fought,’ he said. ‘This sort of incident is totally out of order.’

On Thursday, PSV was put out of the Champions League after drawing 0-0 against Rostov. The point put the Russian side into third place in Group D tie.

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