Europa Conference League roundup: Fiorentina, Sivasspor, AZ, Dnipro-1 so far | UEFA Europa Conference League
Four other teams secured the top two places in their groups as the 2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League group stage continued.
UEFA.com summarizes Matchday 5 action.
Who qualifies for the knockout stages?
Confirmed in the top two: AZ Alkmaar, Djurgården*, Dnipro-1, Fiorentina, İstanbul Başakşehir, Sivasspor, Villarreal*, West Ham*
* Group winners qualify for the Round of 16
** Group runners-up qualify for the knockout play-offs
West Ham secured top spot in Group B and passage to the knockout stages with a comfortable victory over Silkeborg. Manuel Lanzini netted a penalty midway through the first half after Michail Antonio was fouled in the box by goalkeeper Nicolai Larsen. The Danes may have lost more but need just one point in their final group game at home to Anderlecht next Thursday to ensure they qualify for the knockout stage as runners-up .
Key stat: West Ham’s seventh consecutive victory in European competition is a club record.
Luka Jović scored twice as Fiorentina came from behind to confirm their place in the top two of Group A. Danijel Aleksić’s cool finish put the visitors ahead but Jović converted Christian’s low cross Kouamé to restore parity before half-time. The Serbian striker completed the turnover with a powerful header after goalkeeper Muhammed Şengezer parried Kouamé’s effort in his way.
Key stat: Jović has now scored four goals in his last three UEFA Europa Conference League appearances
Ondřej Lingr scored the only goal as Slavia ensured the intriguing Group G went all the way. Lingr’s diving header after the home side failed to clear a corner 14 minutes from time went in despite Bajram Jashanica’s best effort as Slavia saw off the hosts. With Sivasspor beating CFR Cluj, it is possible that all top three finish the section tied on ten points next week.
Key stat: Ballkani was the first Kosovar team to play a group stage but will not be able to progress further.
The best of the rest
• Due to bad weather conditions, the match between Slovácko and Köln has been suspended until 13:00 CET on Friday. The score was then 0-0.
• Villarreal, winners of Group C before Matchday 5, lost points for the first time when held by Hapoel Beer-Sheva, who have drawn four of their five games.
• AZ Alkmaar and Dnipro-1 have secured the top two places in Group E and will face off next week in the Netherlands to decide which of them will win the group and advance directly to the round of 16.
All the results of the 5th days
group A: Fiorentina 2-1 Istanbul Basaksehir, Hearts 2-1 RFS
Group B: Anderlecht 2-2 FCSB, West Ham 1-0 Silkeborg
Group C: Villarreal 2-2 Hapoel Beersheba, Austria Vienna 1-1 Lech
Group D: Slovacko AA Cologne, Nice 2-1 Partizan
Group E: Vaduz 1-2 AZ Alkmaar, Dnipro-1 1-0 Apollon Limassol
Group F: Molde 2-3 Djurgarden, Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Ghent
Group G: Ballkani 0-1 Slavia Prague, Sivasspor 3-0 CFR Cluj
Group H: Basel 2-2 Zalgiris, Slovan Bratislava 2-1 Pyunik
All Matchday 6 matches (November 3)
group A: RFS v Fiorentina (4:30 p.m.), Istanbul Basaksehir vs Hearts (16:30)
Group B: FCSB v West Ham (9 p.m.), Silkeborg v Anderlecht (21:00)
Group C: Lech v Villarreal (9 p.m.), Hapoel Beer-Sheva – Austria Wien (21:00)
Group D: Partizan vs. Slovacko (9 p.m.), Cologne v Nice (21:00)
Group E: Apollon Limassol vs Vaduz (18:45), AZ Alkmaar vs. Dnipro-1 (18:45)
Group F: Djurgården v Shamrock Rovers (18:45), Ghent vs Molde (18:45)
Group G: Slavia Prague – Sivasspor (18:45), CFR Cluj vs Ballkani (18:45)
Group H: Zalgiris vs Slovan Bratislava (18:45), Pyunik vs Basel (18:45)