Europa League: Round of 16 results  – United through  but lose Pogba; Roma beat Lyon but crash out

Besiktas 4 – 1 Olympiacos (Agg 5 – 2)

FC Krasnodar 0 – 2 Celta Vigo (Agg 1 – 4)
Genk 1 – 1 Gent (Agg 6 – 3)

Ajax 2 – 0 FC Koebenhavn (Agg 3 -2)

Anderlecht 1 – 0 APOEL Nicosia (Agg 2 – 0)

Borussia Moenchengladbach 2 – 2 Schalke 04 (Agg 3 – 3)

Manchester United 1 – 0 FC Rostov (Agg 2 – 1)

Roma 2 – 1 Lyon (Agg 4 – 5)

    • Manchester United 1 – 0 FC Rostov

    Juan Mata’s second-half goal gave Man Utd a hard-earned 1-0 win (2-1 on agg) over Rostov to book a spot in the Europa League last eight.

    A week that started with an ill-tempered FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea – and unnecessarily arduous journey home from London – continued with what was expected to be a straightforward home clash against the unfancied Russians.

    The night was slightly soured by the sight of Paul Pogba being forced off with injury after the break.

    Rostov were on the back foot from the outset but were beginning to give United the jitters before Mata ended a move he started, securing a 1-0 second-leg win that sees Mourinho’s men through the last-16 tie 2-1 on aggregate.

    Last week United had just been pleased to make the long trip back from Russia with an away goal and without any injuries given the dreadful state of the Olimp-2 pitch.

    The superb Old Trafford surface was always going to make the return leg a different prospect and so it proved in a dominant first half, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic twice hitting the woodwork as United got away 12 attempts and enjoyed 76 per cent possession.

    However, it took until the 70th minute for Mata to settle growing nerves, turning home from close range having started the move just inside his own half.

    There was still time for a few scares but back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved United’s blushes, denying substitute Aleksandr Bukharov’s header before an exceptional stoppage-time save from Rostov captain Christian Noboa’s free-kick.

    • Roma 2 – 1 Lyon

    Lyon also advanced, holding on to get through 5-4 on aggregate despite a 2-1 loss at Roma.

    The French side carried a 4-2 lead into the Estadio Olimpico and an early goal from Mouctar Diakhaby gave the hosts an uphill climb.

    Kevin Strootman struck back in the 17th minute and a Lucas Tousart own goal at the hour mark complicated the tie, but Lyon held on to reach the last eight of the competition.

    • Borussia Moenchengladbach 2 – 2 Schalke 04

    Schalke booked their spot in the quarterfinals via the away goals rule after rallying for a 2-2 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach.

    After drawing 1-1 in Gelsenkirchen, goals from Andreas Christensen in the 26th minute and Mahmoud Dahoud in the 45th looked to have the hosts on their way.

    However, Leon Goretzka pulled a goal back nine minutes after the break and a Nabil Bentaleb penalty sealed Svchalke’s passage into the next round.

    • FC Krasnodar 0 – 2 Celta Vigo

    Celta Vigo managed a 2-0 win away to Krasnodar to seal a 4-1 aggregate victory.

    Hugo Mallo scored the opening goal of the second leg seven minutes after half-time, lashing home after Iago Aspas’ initial attempt was blocked.

    Aspas then got a goal of his own from a chip with 10 minutes remaining to seal it, before Charles Kabore was sent off for the Russian club.

    • Besiktas 4 – 1 Olympiacos

    Ryan Babel scored twice to help 10-man Besiktas beat Olympiakos 4-1 and earn a spot in the Europa League quarterfinals.

    With the Turkish club enjoying a slim away-goal advantage after a 1-1 first leg, Vincent Aboubakar headed home from close range 10 minutes in, before Babel added his first goal 12 minutes later.

    Tarik Elyounoussi got a goal back for the Greek giants with a flying scissor kick after the half-hour mark, and though Aboubakar saw a red card for a head-butt, Besiktas avoided conceding a goal that would have had them facing an exit on away goals.

    Former Liverpol winger Babel then got his second on 75 minutes, and Cenk Tosun added another for the 10 men to complete their 5-2 aggregate win.

    • Ajax 2 – 0 FC Koebenhavn 

    Ajax turned around a first-leg deficit to get past FC Copenhagen with a 2-0 win, moving on 3-2 on aggregate.

    Bertrand Traore put Ajax ahead in the 23rd-minute, heading home a rebound after Amin Younes’ shot was saved.

    And just before half-time, Kasper Dolberg added a second goal for the Dutch giants from the penalty spot after being fouled by Jores Okore.

    • Genk 1 – 1 Gent

    Genk completed their tie against fellow Belgian side Gent with a 1-1 draw to move on 6-3 on aggregate.

    Enjoying a comfortable lead from their first leg, Genk got a goal from Timothy Castagne — shooting from a tight angle on 20 minutes — to seal their quarterfinal place despite Louis Verstraete finding a late goal to earn Gent a draw on the night.

    • Anderlecht 1 – 0 APOEL Nicosia

    Anderlecht, the second Belgian club that qualified, secured a 1-0 win at home to advance 2-0 on aggregate over Cypriot club APOEL.

    It took Anderlecht 65 minutes to find the breakthrough, Frank Acheampong scoring from a rebound.


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