Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice together with a late winner as Arsenal certified for the final 16 of the Europa League on Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Benfica in Greece, whereas Manchester United and Rangers cruised via to the subsequent spherical. The Gabon striker put Arsenal forward on the Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus of their residence leg of a tie relocated as a consequence of Covid-19 journey restrictions between Portugal and the UK. Diogo Goncalves levelled the competition with an impressive free-kick and Rafa Silva gave Benfica a 2-1 lead on the evening when he took benefit of an error from Dani Ceballos on the hour.
Kieran Tierney rifled in an equaliser and Aubameyang headed within the decisive purpose from Bukayo Saka’s cross on 87 minutes, incomes the Gunners a 4-3 mixture victory and saving them from an uncommon away objectives exit following a 1-1 draw within the first leg in Rome.
“Everyone seems to be glad tonight. That is what offers me energy daily, take errors from the previous and rework to energy,” Aubameyang informed BT Sport.
“The crew confirmed loads of character and we deserved the win. It was a tough sport. What we confirmed tonight will probably be an instance for the long run.”
United cemented their place in Friday’s draw with a 0-0 draw at residence to Actual Sociedad, having successfully clinched the tie final week with an emphatic 4-0 win on impartial floor in Italy.
Mikel Oyarzabal’s terrible penalty miss represented the very best probability at Previous Trafford for La Actual, whereas Bruno Fernandes rattled the crossbar and Axel Tuanzebe’s header was disallowed for a foul.
Leicester Metropolis, who’re behind second-placed United within the Premier League solely on purpose distinction, had been knocked out after sliding to a 2-0 loss at residence to Czech champions Slavia Prague.
Lukas Provod fired Slavia in entrance simply after half-time following a goalless draw within the first leg, and Senegalese teenager Abdallah Sima ensured the guests prolonged their run within the competitors.
“We did not create sufficient over two legs. We did not defend with any depth. We gave away two disappointing objectives. The higher crew gained,” mentioned Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers.
Gerrard praises ‘excellent’ Rangers
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers progressed following their 5-2 win over Belgian facet Antwerp at Ibrox, with 5 completely different gamers on track for the Scottish league leaders.
After a dramatic 4-3 win within the first leg final week, objectives from Alfredo Morelos, Nathan Patterson and Ryan Kent put Rangers in management earlier than late penalties from Borna Barisic and Cedric Itten wrapped up the tie 9-5 on mixture.
“I am very happy, the efficiency was excellent in loads of areas,” mentioned Gerrard.
“The primary three had been high high-level objectives. However, as a perfectionist, we nonetheless have to take a look at the areas we went flawed tonight.”
AC Milan squeezed previous Purple Star Belgrade on away objectives after a 1-1 attract a conflict of former European champions on the San Siro.
Franck Kessie’s early penalty was sufficient to e-book Milan’s place within the final 16 regardless of El Fardou Ben Nabouhane equalising because the tie completed 3-3 over the 2 legs.
Napoli’s dismal run continued as they had been knocked out 3-2 on mixture by Granada regardless of successful 2-1 within the return fixture in Italy.
Ajax eradicated French Ligue 1 leaders Lille with a 2-1 victory in Amsterdam to finish a 4-2 general win, whereas Gerard Moreno netted each objectives as Villarreal dumped out Salzburg 4-1 on mixture.
Egyptian ahead Ahmed Hassan’s 88th-minute strike in Eindhoven despatched Olymiapkos via on the expense of PSV 5-4 on mixture, whereas Roma and Younger Boys brushed apart Braga and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.
Former winners Shakhtar Donetsk accomplished a 3-0 mixture victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv, whereas Norwegians Molde dumped out Hoffenheim 5-3 on mixture following a 2-0 win in Germany.
Dinamo Zagreb and Dynamo Kiev full the line-up for the final 16, with Tottenham Hotspur additionally within the combine after destroying Wolfsberg of Austria by an mixture rating of 8-1 on Wednesday.