Dinamo Zagreb defeated West Ham United and advanced to the Europa League | Football news

LONDON: Dinamo Zagreb secured a playoff spot in the knockout stage of the Europa League after Mislav Orsic beat West Ham United 1-0 on Thursday in Group H on the second row.
West Ham had already secured first place and an automatic round of 16 spot, while runner-up Dinamo will face one of the third-placed teams eliminated from the Champions League.
Orsic shone again against Premier League opponents in Europe’s second division competition after scoring a hat trick in Dinamo’s memorable 3-2 aggregate win over Tottenham Hotspur in last season’s knockout stages.
The winger defeated West Ham’s reserve goalkeeper Alphonse Areola with an oblique shot from the edge of the box into the top corner and delighted a handful of away fans at the London stadium.
Areola did well to fend off two long-range kicks from Luka Ivanusec and another from Orsic as Dinamo dictated the game and was rarely disturbed by the home side.

Red Star Belgrade, the 1991 European Cup winners, won Group F with a 1-1 draw against Portugal’s Braga, which finished second at the expense of third-placed Midtjylland, who only drew 0-0 at Ludogorets.
Wenderson Galeno gave Braga the lead when he converted a penalty in the 52nd minute before Aleksandar Katai responded with his own penalty and sent goalkeeper Matheus the wrong way after a foul by defender Radovan Pankov.
Midtjylland, which needed a win to finish in the top two, will move into the third-tier Europa Conference League, where they will face one of the runner-ups for a place in the round of 16.
On the previous Thursday, Napoli secured a playoff spot with a thrilling 3-2 home win against Leicester City in Group C, which lifted the Premier League from first to third place in the overall standings and out of the competition.
Spartak Moscow led the group with a 1-0 win at Legia Warsaw.