Wayne Rooney became Manchester United‘s all-time leading scorer in Europe after netting in the 4-0 victory over Feyenoord which keeps his side’s Europa League hopes alive.

Rooney’s 35th minute strike at Old Trafford — which was followed by him assisting Juan Mata for the second — took his tally for United in European competition up to 39 goals, surpassing Ruud van Nistelrooy’s previous best of 38, while he is now just one goal off Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record for United.

United, who would have been knocked out of the competition with a defeat, now head into next month’s final group game with Zorya Luhansk knowing a point will be enough to book their place in the round of 32.

It was three by the 75th minute with Ibrahimovic involved again, this time the Swede saw his effort from a tight angle carried over the line by Jones for an own goal. And Jesse Lingard added a fourth just before the final whistle.

Elsewhere in the group, Fenerbahce beat Zorya Luhansk 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Miroslav Stoch and Simon Kjaer.

Stoch opened the scoring for the hosts with a long-range effort that crept past Oleksiy Shevchenko, before Kjaer made sure of the result after heading home a cross into the box.

A bad night for Zorya was compounded deep into second-half injury time when Eduard Sobol was sent off after picking up his second yellow card for tugging back an opponent.

Inter Milan crashed out of the Europa League after throwing away a two-goal lead to win 3-2 against Hapoel Be’er.

Goals from Mauro Icardi and Marcelo Brozovic had looked to have put Inter on their way to victory, but Hapoel fought back with strikes from Lucio Maranhao and Anthony Nwakaeme — the latter scoring a penalty after Samir Handanovic was sent off — before Ben Sahar scored the winner deep into injury time.

Elsewhere in Group K, Sparta Prague made sure of their spot in the knockout stages after beating Southampton 1-0.

Costa Nhamoinesu scored the only goal of the game in the 11th minute to condemn Southampton to defeat, with the English club having to either win against or draw 0-0 with Hapoel Be’er to go through.

Roma advanced to the knockout stage with a 4-1 defeat of  Viktoria Plzen in Group E.

Edin Dzeko led the way with a hat trick, while Diego Perotti added the fourth for the hosts. Martin Zeman scored the lone goal for Viktoria.

Genk booked passage in Group F with a 1-0 win over Rapid Vienna.

Nikolaos Karelis’ 11th-minute goal held up to take the hosts to the next round of the competition.

Fiorentina missed out on booking their place in the round of 32 following a late PAOK Salonika winner, with the Greek side claiming a 3-2 victory.

The Italian side were set to go through with a 2-2 draw, having fought back from 2-0 down, but Garry Rodrigues’ winner ensures they’ll have to wait another game before making sure of their progress.

Elsewhere in Group J, Liberec defeated FK Qarabag 3-0.

Yevhen Konoplyanka and Dennis Aogo were on target as Schalke beat Nice 2-0 to maintain their 100 percent record in Group I.

Schalke were already sure of first place in the group while Nice have now been dumped out of the competition.

Elsewhere in the same group, Krasnodar drew 1-1 with Salzburg to join Schalke in advancing.

Already qualified Ajax clinched top spot in Group G with a 2-0 victory against Panathinaikos.

Lasse Schone and Kenny Tete got the goals for Ajax, with the result sealing Panathinaikos’ fate of finishing bottom.

Celta Vigo and Standard Liege are both still in with a chance of joining Ajax following a 1-1 draw, with both sides locked on six points.

Shakhtar Donetsk made it five wins from five in Group H as they beat Konyaspor 4-0.

An Abdulkerim Bardakci own goal and strikes from Dentinho, Eduardo and Bernard sealed the win for Shakhtar, who were already assured of top spot in the group.

Also in Group H, KAA Gent and Braga played out a 2-2 draw, meaning both sides are still in contention to qualify going into the final game.

In Group J, Villarreal drew 1-1 with Zurich, while Steaua Bucurestibeat Osmanlispor 2-1, meaning all four sides stand a chance of qualifying going into their final games.

Zenit St Petersburg scored a goal in each half as they ran out 2-0 winners against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Group D.

Aleksandr Kokorin broke the deadlock for the Russian club on the stroke of half-time with a close-range finish, with Alexander Kerzhakov wrapping up the result with a free kick late in the second half.

Zenit were already assured of top spot in the group, while third-placed Maccabi will need a result in their final match against Dundalk to progress.

In Group C, Anderlecht booked their place in the next round with a 3-1 win over FK Qabala.

Yoeri Tielemans, Massimo Bruno and Lukasz Teodorczyk all scored for the Belgian side, with Ricardinho netting the only response for Qabala, who still remain winless in the group.

In Group B, Apoel Nicosia missed out on the chance to advance to the next round after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Astana — a result which keeps the Kazakhstani club’s hopes alive.

 

Culled from ESPNFC

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