The UEFA Europa League is an annual men's association football club competition, one level below the top UEFA Champions League level.
In the competition, previously called the UEFA Cup, 48 clubs qualify - based on their performance in their domestic leagues and cup competitions. DW Sports follows all the German teams in action in the competition, and the latter tournament stages in full: our latest content is collated on this page.
Cologne put five past BATE Borisov as they continue to be liberated from their troubles in the Bundesliga. Elsewhere, a Davie Selke brace gave Hertha Berlin a win but Hoffenheim were denied by a last-minute equalizer.
Hoffenheim's first European win, over Basaksehir, was the only positive note on a tough night for Germany's Europa League sides. Cologne suffered another defeat in their long winless run while Hertha Berlin also lost.
The three German teams go into the second Europa League matches needing a win to stay in the hunt for the knockout stages. In Cologne, police are bracing for an influx of hundreds of possible troublemakers from Belgrade.
As UEFA launched disciplinary proceedings against both clubs after Thursday's fan trouble at the Emirates Stadium, Cologne apologized for some fans' behavior, but also queried decisions from Arsenal and London's police.