Arsenal wanted a late return to safe their place within the Europa League ultimate 16 draw the place they are going to be joined by Ajax Amsterdam, Manchester United, Milan and Rangers, however Napoli and PSV Eindhoven are are overwritten on Thursday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 87th-minute header secured Arsenal a 3-2 win over Benfica for a 4-3 combination victory, however the Premier League facet had watched the exit door.
After the primary leg, performed in Rome as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, ended 1-1, Arsenal’s house recreation was performed in Athens and all the things regarded snug when Aubameyang scored early.
Nonetheless, Diogo Goncalvez signed a free kick for Portuguese big Benfica simply earlier than halftime, and when a horrible mistake from Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos noticed Rafa Silva set Benfica 2-1 simply previous the hour, that appeared grim for Arsenal.
Nonetheless, Kieran Tierney returned the equalizer earlier than Aubameyang got here near seal a spectacular victory.
“It definitely helps prolong the season for certain,” stated Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta, whose facet are eleventh within the Premier League. “At present would have been actually onerous after what had occurred in each legs to get out.”
Milan beat Belgrade’s Crimson Star on away objectives following their 3-3 draw on combination after a 1-1 draw at San Siro. Franck Kessie’s penalty gave Milan the benefit, however the Crimson Star responded by Ben Nabouhane and pushed very late regardless of being decreased to 10 males.
Roma accomplished a 5-1 combination over Braga whereas Manchester United additionally managed to move after a 0-0 draw at house towards Actual Sociedad, following a 4-0 victory within the first leg.
NAPLES BOW OUT
The previous Napoli winners have pulled out regardless of a 2-1 house win over Spanish membership Granada.
Having misplaced the primary leg 2-0, they received off to an ideal begin when Piotr Zielinski put them in entrance after three minutes.
However Angel Montoro equalized for Granada and though Fabian Ruiz struck once more for the hosts on time, Granada held on for a 3-2 combination victory to increase his spectacular European debut.
Tottenham Hotspur had reached their final 16 video games the night time earlier than, however Leicester Metropolis did not make 4 English golf equipment within the draw as they misplaced 2-0 at house to Slavia Prague.
Targets from Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima ensured it was an incredible night time for the Czechs who celebrated with a video name to former participant Thomas Soucek, now at West Ham United.
“There’s a incredible euphoria proper now,” Provod stated.
“It was a tricky recreation, however we by no means stopped believing that we have been going to attain a aim.”
Ajax beat French membership Lille 2-1 to an combination 4-2 victory, though it was a tricky check for the Dutch facet who wanted a late aim from David Neres to calm their nerves.
Hopes of rivals PSV Eindhoven have been dashed as they misplaced a 5-4 draw on combination to Olympiacos, regardless of a 2-1 victory on the night time.
Eran Zahavi’s brace appeared to ship PSV away, however Ahmed Hassan shot at house within the 88th minute to depart the hosts in despair.
Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers claimed a stunning 9-5 victory over Belgian membership Antwerp with a 5-2 victory in Glasgow.
Villarreal succeeded with a 2-1 loss to Salzburg for an general victory of 4-1 whereas Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev superior towards Maccabi Tel Aviv and Brugge respectively.
Norwegians Molde got here as a shock with a 2-0 win at Hoffenheim to conclude a 5-3 combination triumph and Bayer Leverkusen suffered a 6-3 loss to Younger Boys.