The Europa League Round of 32 for the 2013/14 season has been completed with 16 clubs progressing and the remaining 16 returning to focus on domestic duties.
Of the Premier League clubs, Tottenham produced a second-half comeback to beat plucky Ukrainian side Dnipro 3-1 at White Hart Lane to progress 3-2 on aggregate following last week’s 1-0 defeat.
Dnipro had set up a two-goal lead early in the second half through Roman Zozulya but Christian Eriksen pulled one back for Spurs before Zozulya was sent off for a headbutt on Jan Vertonghen.
The Swans were inches away from leading on the away goal rule when Napoli led 2-1 but Pepe Reina produced a reflex save to deny Dwight Tiendalli’s point blank header.
Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuain scored either side of Jonathan de Guzman before Gokhan Inler grabbed a late goal to wrap it up for the Naples outfit who will go on to face FC Porto in the next phase.
Fiorentina have set up an all-Italian Round of 16 fixture with Serie A champions Juventus by beating Danish side Esbjerg 4-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in Florence tonight as the Bianconeri breezed past Turkish outfit Trabzonspor 4-0 on aggregate after two sets of 2-0 wins.
Czech Republic side Viktoria Plzen edged Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk while their compatriots Chonormorets Odess narrowly fell 1-0 to French club Lyon.
Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad provided the shock of the round by knocking out Italy’s Lazio, Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg produced a commanding 6-1 aggregate victory over Dutch powerhouse Ajax while Swiss champions FC Basel won at home 3-0 over Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Portugal’s Porto managed to beat Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt on away goals after a thrilling 5-5 draw over two legs, Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala got the better of Belgium’s Genk 2-0, Spanish outfit Valencia progressed at the expense of Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev, Benfica cruised past Greece’s PAOK and Dutch side AZ Alkmaar edged Czech outfit Slovan Liberec.
2013/14 UEFA Europa League Round of 32 – second leg scores
Rubin Kazan (RUS): 0
Real Betis (SPN): 2 (Nono 45’, Ruben Castro 64’)
Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
*Betis wins 3-1 on aggregate
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR): 1 (Luiz Adriano 88’)
Viktoria Plzen (CZE): 2 (Daniel Kolar 29’, Milan Petrzela 33’)
Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine
*Plzen wins 3-2 on aggregate
Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL): 3 (Roman Bezjak 67’, Hristo Zlatinski 78’, Juninho Quixada 88’)
Lazio (ITA): 3 (Keita Balde Diao 1’, Brayan Perea 54’, Miroslav Klose 82’)
Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria
*Razgrad wins 4-3 on aggregate
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER): 3 (Stefan Aigner 37’, Alexander Meier 52’/76’)
FC Porto (POR): 3 (Eliaquim Mangala 58’/71’, Nabil Ghilas 86’)
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
*Porto wins on away goals after 5-5 aggregate
Lyon (FRA): 1 (Alexandre Lazacette 80’)
Chornomorets Odessa (UKR): 0
Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France
*Lyon wins 1-0 on aggregate
Genk (BEL): 0
Anzhi Makhachkala (RUS): 2 (Katuku Tshimanga (og) 64’, Oleksandr Aliyev 71’)
Cristal Arena, Genk, Belgium
*Anzhi wins 2-0 on aggregate
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