Tottenham Hotspur secured their place in the Europa League round of 32 as Group J winners following an emphatic 4-1 victory over Monaco at White Hart Lane. Argentine international Erik Lamela netted a superb 37-minute treble to give the hosts a commanding half-time lead, before summer signing Stephan El Shaarawy reduced the arrears with a long-range strike shortly after the hour mark.
However, 23-year-old midfielder Tom Carroll restored their three-goal advantage soon afterwards and Mauricio Pochettino's in-form side ended the night three points clear of nearest challengers Anderlecht. Tottenham lost just one of their six group matches overall, a narrow 2-1 defeat to the Belgian outfit in October.
Elsewhere on a busy night of action, Liverpool also topped their group despite labouring to an insipid goalless draw against FC Sion at a chilly Stade Tourbillon in Switzerland. On an otherwise forgettable night for the club, Jurgen Klopp will have been enthused to see captain Jordan Henderson make his first start since recovering from a broken foot and influential playmaker Philippe Coutinho feature for 60 minutes following a four-game absence due to a hamstring injury. Young full-back Brad Smith was handed his full debut, while Jordan Rossiter also made his return to first-team football following a two-month lay off.
Celtic will not be joining their Premier League counterparts in the first knockout phase, yet exited the competition on a positive note with a 1-1 draw at Fenerbahce. The Scottish champions, currently four points clear atop of the SPL, finished bottom of Group A without securing a single victory but Kris Commons' second-half header rescued a point in Istanbul after Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic had struck before the break. Diego was shown a red card for kicking out at Bhoys midfielder Stefan Johansen.
The draw for the next round of the Europa League will be made in Nyon on 14 December. Joining the competition at this stage will be the teams that finished third in their Champions League groups, including Manchester United, Sevilla, Porto, Galatasaray and Gary Neville's Valencia.