Wolfsburg, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas propelled Everton to a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg on Thursday, allowing the Toffees to clinch the top spot in Europa League Group H.
The hosts thought they had taken the lead through Ivan Perisic, but the goal was called back under controversial circumstances, while Everton snatched the advantage shortly before halftime through Lukaku, who finished off a nice move by the English side on the break.
Everton also went close through Sylvain Distin, who struck the crossbar, with Aiden McGeady also squandering a great chance to add to the lead.
But Mirallas was able to double the lead 15 minutes from time when he latched on to a through ball from Lukaku and slotted his shot past goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
Everton moves four points clear at the top of the group with one game to play, while Wolfsburg sits three points clear of Lille in second place after the French side needed a 79th-minute goal from Nolan Roux to salvage a 1-1 draw at Krasnodar.
Tottenham used a second-half goal from Benjamin Stambouli to edge Partizan, 1-0, sending Spurs through to the next round from Group C, with Besiktas joining them after a 2-2 draw at Greek side Asteras Tripolis.
Group D has also been decided with Red Bull Salzburg and Celtic both advancing. Salzburg clinched the top spot in the group after a pair of first- half goals from Alan in a 3-1 win at the Scottish champions, who also advanced thanks to Astra Giurgiu's 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.
Group A is still open after Thursday's results, which saw Zurich down Limassol, 3-1, behind a brace from Yassine Chikhaoui, while Monchengladbach and Villarreal played to a 2-2 draw. Those results leave Monchengladbach one point clear at the top of the table, with Villarreal in second place and Zurich one point back in third.
HJK took a step toward advancing after Macoumba Kandji's 90th-minute goal handed the Finnish side a 2-1 win over FC Copenhagen, moving the club to within two points of second-place Torino, which battled to a 0-0 draw with Brugge in Group B play.
Dinamo Moscow continued its dominance in Group E by scoring twice in the second half to notch a 2-1 win over Panathinaikos, giving the Russian outfit five wins from five games. The other game in the group between PSV Eindhoven and Estoril was abandoned, with PSV needing only a draw to clinch second place.
Inter Milan secured the top spot in Group F thanks to a 2-1 win over Dnipro that saw Pablo Osvaldo net the winning goal in the 50th minute. St Etienne and Karabakh played to a 1-1 draw in the group's other fixture, leaving both teams level on five points in second place.
Second-half goals from Jens Toornstra and Karim El Ahmadi lifted Feyenoord to a 2-0 victory over Sevilla, jumping the Dutch side to the top of Group G, one point clear of Sevilla. Croatian side Rijeka kept its hopes alive thanks to a 2-0 win against Standard Liege, which yielded both goals in the opening 35 minutes.
Group I has yet to be decided after leaders Sparta Prague and Napoli finished in a 0-0 draw, while Young Boys downed Bratislava, 3-1, to move to within one point of the top two sides.
AaB used a goal in the 72nd minute from Thomas Enevoldsen to top Steaua Bucurest, 1-0, while Dynamo Kyiv clinched a place in the next round from Group J following a 2-0 triumph over Rio Ave.
Fiorentina won Group K after toppling Guingamp, 2-1, with goals from Marko Marin and Khouma Babacar in the first 15 minutes, which leaves Guingamp tied in second place with PAOK after the Greek side recorded a 2-0 win at Dinamo Minsk courtesy of a brace from Stefanos Athanasiadis in the last eight minutes.
Trabzonspor is on the verge of reaching the next round after knocking off Metalist Kharkiv, 3-1, to sit three points clear of third-pace Lokeren, which stayed alive with a 1-0 win over group-leaders Legia Warsaw.