Mohamed Tchite and Gohi Cyriac scored the goals that sent Standard Liege through to the Europa League knock-out stages with a 2-0 win over Hannover, who also qualified due to results elsewhere.
The Group B leaders made sure of their place with a comfortable win while the Germans could count themselves lucky that Danish side Copenhagen could only play out a draw with minnows Vorskla.
Christian Pander had the first chance for the visitors in the 10th minute with a 25-yard drive that flashed over the bar, before Hannover keeper Ron-Robert Zieler was called upon to punch away a Geoffrey Mujangi Bia cross at the other end.
Hannover came close again on 24 minutes when Sergio Pinto's shot was caught by Standard keeper Sinan Bolat as the favoured home side struggled to make an early impression.
But the home side got their breakthrough one minute later when Yoni Buyens headed a ball on in the box and Tchite was on hand to drill a right-foot shot into the corner of the net from 12 yards.
Zieler saved from Leroy Labylle and Cyriac as the hosts pressed for a second, but it was Hannover who finished the half on top with efforts from Pander and Pinto both booted clear.
Mujangi Bia shot wide for Standard early in the second half and Tchite curled an effort over the bar from long-range before the hosts' pressure finally told in the 59th minute when Cyriac prodded home a cross from Mujangi Bia.
Standard continued to press with Mujangi Bia forcing two saves out of Zieler before Hannover came close with a rare chance, Mohamed Abdellaoui missing with a header from a Steve Cherundolo cross.
Didier Konan also missed for Hannover with an overhead kick as the Germans were forced to face defeat and anxiously await news of results elsewhere before confirming their place in the next stage.