Turks eye knockout stages in Europa League

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Draws will be enough for Turkish clubs Fenerbahçe and Osmanlıspor to advance from their respective groups when they play in the Europa League on Dec. 8.
Group A leader Fenerbahçe travels to Feyenoord, while Group L leader Osmanlıspor hosts FC Zurich at home.
Feyenoord, sitting in third spot in Group A, will need a victory by two goals against the visiting side to progress to the knockout stage. 

"The home match against Fenerbahçe will be a good game. It is clear what we have to do, and it gives us confidence that we are still unbeaten at home," said coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst, whose side lost 1-0 in Istanbul.

The Dutch club can only hope that visiting coach Dick Advocaat, who last spring worked successfully as an adviser to Van Bronckhorst, doesn't have too much inside information.

Also in Group A, Jose Mourinho's Manchester United faces Zorya Luhansk knowing that a draw in the frigid Ukraine will propel the club into the knockout stages.

But the Premier League side will want to go through in style with victory, even if Europe's second-tier competition does not feature at the top of their priorities in Mourinho's first season in charge.

The Old Trafford side will also be eager to end a bout of frustrating draws, the latest being a 1-1 stalemate at Everton at the weekend when Mourinho's men conceded an 89th-minute equalizer from the spot.

The Zorya match will take place in Odessa, southern Ukraine, a four-hour flight from northern England and where temperatures will hover around freezing by evening kickoff.

Zorya might already be out of the competition, but United's French forward Anthony Martial is not expecting the Ukrainians just to lie down.

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