After enjoying a draw within the first leg, Arsenal wanted a late comeback to safe their place within the draw for the Europa League last 16 the place they are going to be joined by Ajax Amsterdam, Manchester United, AC Milan and Rangers. Meanwhile, Napoli and Leicester City crashed out on Thursday.
Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 87th-minute header secured Arsenal a 3-2 win over Benfica for a 4-3 mixture victory.
After the primary leg, performed in Rome due to Covid-19 restrictions, ended 1-1, Arsenal’s dwelling leg was performed in Athens and all appeared snug when Aubameyang scored early on.
Diogo Goncalvez curled dwelling a free kick for Portuguese giants Benfica simply earlier than halftime, nonetheless, and when a horrible mistake by Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos allowed Rafa Silva to put Benfica 2-1 forward simply previous the hour it appeared grim for Arsenal.
Kieran Tierney fired dwelling the equaliser earlier than star of the match Aubameyang headed in from shut vary to seal a dramatic win.
“It actually retains the season going, that is for certain,” Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta, whose crew are eleventh within the Premier League, stated. “Today would have been actually harsh after what had occurred within the two legs to exit.”
AC Milan squeezed previous Red Star Belgrade on away objectives after their tie ended 3-3 on mixture following a 1-1 draw within the San Siro. Franck Kessie’s penalty gave Milan the lead however Red Star hit again through Ben (*16*) and pushed arduous late on regardless of being decreased to 10 males.
Roma accomplished a 5-1 mixture in over Braga whereas Manchester United additionally strolled through after a 0-0 dwelling draw towards Real Sociedad, following a 4-0 first leg win.
NAPOLI BOW OUT
Former winners Napoli bowed out regardless of a 2-1 victory at dwelling to Spanish membership Granada.
Having misplaced the primary leg 2-0 they acquired an ideal begin when Piotr Zielinski put them in entrance after three minutes.
But Angel Montoro levelled for Granada and though Fabian Ruiz struck once more for the hosts on the hour, Granada held on for a 3-2 mixture win to delay their spectacular European debut.
Tottenham Hotspur had reached the last 16 the evening earlier than however Leicester City failed to make it 4 English golf equipment within the draw as they misplaced 2-0 at dwelling to Slavia Prague.
Goals by Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima ensured it was an ideal evening for the Czechs who celebrated with a video name to former participant Thomas Soucek, now at West Ham United.
“There is a implausible euphoria proper now,” Provod stated.
“It was a tough match, however we by no means stopped believing that we’d rating a objective.”
Ajax beat French membership Lille 2-1 for a 4-2 mixture win though it was robust examination for the Dutch facet who wanted a late objective by David Neres to calm their nerves.
Rivals PSV Eindhoven’s hopes disappeared as they misplaced an exciting tie 5-4 on mixture towards Olympiacos, regardless of successful 2-1 on the evening.
Eran Zahavi’s brace appeared to be sending PSV through on away objectives however Ahmed Hassan fired dwelling within the 88th minute to go away the hosts in despair.
Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers accomplished an astonishing 9-5 mixture win over Belgian facet Antwerp thanks to a 5-2 win in Glasgow.
Villarreal made it through with a 2-1 defeat of Salzburg for a 4-1 mixture win whereas Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev superior towards Maccabi Tel Aviv and Bruges respectively.
Norwegians Molde triggered a shock by successful 2-0 in Hoffenheim to wrap up a 5-3 mixture triumph and Bayer Leverkusen suffered a 6-3 mixture defeat by Young Boys.
(With inputs from Reuters)