Aris Thessaloniki FC defeated Rosenborg BK in their final Group B game to reach the UEFA Europa League round of 32 at the expense of holders Club Atlético de Madrid.
Croatian forward Danijel Cesarec made the breakthrough in the closing seconds of the first half, a lead which was only doubled at the end of the second as Ricardo Faty scored a rather more stylish effort to ease the nerves of the agitated Héctor Cúper. The win cemented second spot behind Bayer 04 Leverkusen, with Atlético eliminated in third.
In theory, Rosenborg had nothing to play for; already certain to finish bottom of Group B and their domestic season over, the Norwegian champions were nevertheless aware that this would be their last game under Trondheim legend Nils Arne Eggen. Markus Henriksen had the first meaningful shot of the game, before Daniel Örlund got down to block from home No8 Juan Carlos Toja.
Örlund made an excellent diving save to push a powerful Michel free-kick wide midway through the first half, but Rosenborg were looking the more dangerous side until Cúper's men played their joker in added time. Sergio Koke's shot looped up off Mikael Dorsin and over Örlund, and while the goalkeeper managed to push the ball on to the bar, Cesarec was on hand to nod it into the unguarded net.
Thereafter, Aris's 40-year unbeaten UEFA club competition home record rarely looked in danger; it is no accident that the last four European games at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium have produced just three goals, all of them winners for the home side. Michalis Sifakis saved well from Dorsin and Morten Moldskred, but substitute Faty had the final say, gathering Mattias Bjärsmyr's attempted clearance, and teeing himself up to drive home.