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Galatasaray go through to last 32 in Europa League

Galatasaray's Harry Kewell, left, vies for the ball with Manuel Scarlatache of Dinamo Bucaresti.
Galatasaray's Harry Kewell, left, vies for the ball with Manuel Scarlatache of Dinamo Bucaresti.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Galatasaray become first club to book a place in last 32 of Europa League this season
  • Turkish side win 3-0 away to 10-man Dinamo Bucaresti and have one-point lead in Group F
  • Ajax and Anderlecht on brink of qualifying from Group A after both clubs won on Thursday night
  • Sporting Lisbon drop first points of Group D but stay top after being held 1-1 by Latvia's Ventspils
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(CNN) -- Galatasaray became the first club to book a place in the last 32 of the Europa League this season after winning 3-0 away to 10-man Dinamo Bucaresti on Thursday night.

The Turkish club have a one-point lead in Group F with two matches to play, and cannot be caught by their third-placed Romanian opponents.

Frank Rijkaard's side followed up their 4-1 victory in Istanbul two weeks ago in fine style as Australia forward Harry Kewell opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.

Shabani Nonda added to the double he netted in the home leg and Mehmet Topal made it 3-0 in the 55th minute with a superb effort before Dinamo had Ousmane N'Doye sent off for a second booking.

Greek side Panathinaikos moved to the brink of qualification with a third successive 1-0 victory as midfielder Kostas Katsouranis scored the only goal away to Austrian club Strum Graz.

Roma shrugged off their poor domestic form to beat nine-man Fulham 2-1 and go second in Group E.

The Italian side moved into the qualification places with two matches to play, and trail Basle by two points after the Swiss side's 3-1 home win over CSKA Sofia.

Visiting Fulham led through a 19th-minute Diomansy Kamara penalty after the striker was brought down by Marco Andreolli but then fell apart in the second half substitute Erik Nevland as shown a straight red card three minutes after coming on for a tackle on Daniele De Rossi.

John Arne Riise equalized in the 68th minute with a shot that deflected off his brother Bjorn Helge, who plays for Fulham, before Stefano Okaka headed in the winner with 14 minutes left.

Fulham, who had Stephen Kelly sent off in the 1-1 draw at home to Roma two weeks ago, had Paul Konchesky red-carded in the dying seconds for a foul on Rodrigo Taddei.

Basle led 2-0 at halftime against the Bulgarians, with goals from Marcos Gelabert and Alexandre Frei, who sealed victory with his second in the 67th minute after Todor Yanchev pulled one back.

In Group A, Ajax went top on goal difference from Anderlecht after the Dutch club beat nine-man Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 in Croatia.

The Belgians are also on eight points after a 3-1 win at home to FC Timisoara, with Zagreb needing to appeal a three-point deduction for crowd disturbances to keep their qualification hopes alive.

In Group B, Genoa kept their hopes alive with a 3-2 win at home to leaders Lille, who now have only a one-point advantage.

Giuseppe Sculli's late winner put the Italians on six points along with second-placed Valencia, who drew 2-2 at Slavia Prague.

Hapoel Tel Aviv moved top of Group C with a 3-0 victory away to Rapid Vienna that put the Israeli side two points ahead of second-placed Hamburg, who drew 0-0 at home to Scottish side Celtic.

Rapid, who also lost 5-1 at home to Hapoel, are three points adrift of the Germans in third, with Celtic's hopes now almost over.

Sporting Lisbon edged closer to progressing from Group D despite dropping their first points of the stage with a 1-1 draw at home to Latvian champions Ventspils.

The Portuguese side are six points clear of German club Hertha Berlin, who beat Heerenveen 3-2 in the Netherlands to claim second place on goal difference.