Holders Atletico knocked out

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Reigning champions Atletico Madrid were dumped out of the Europa League after results went against them in Group B.

Atletico needed to better the score Aris Thessaloniki managed at home to Rosenborg in their match with group winners Bayer Leverkusen in order to pip the Greek side to second spot and a place in the last 32.

Atletico did not get the desired result at either ground though, as Quique Sanchez Flores' men could only record a 1-1 draw at a snow-covered BayArena - Patrick Helmes putting the hosts ahead in the second half before Fran Merida equalised almost immediately - while Aris recorded a 2-0 victory over already-eliminated Rosenborg.

Aris sealed their place in the knockout stages thanks to goals from Danijel Cesarec and Ricardo Faty at the end of each half.

Manchester City secured top spot in Group A after coming from behind to draw 1-1 against Juventus in Turin.

Semir Stilic's first-half goal was enough for Lech Poznan to win away to Red Bull Salzburg, but City's point and superior goal difference meant they stayed top.

Lille snatched second place in Group C from opponents Gent thanks to a 3-0 home win, secured by goals from Ludovic Obraniak, Pierre-Alain Frau and Moussa Sow. The French side approached the final fixtures of the group two points behind their Belgian opponents.

Daniel Mladenov hit the winner just before half-time as Levski Sofia, whose elimination was already confirmed, secured a 1-0 consolation victory against Group C winners Sporting Lisbon.

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