Arsenal crash out of Europa League, Man United through to last 16

Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League on away goals with a 2-1 home defeat by Olympiakos after extra-time (2-2 on aggregate), with Youssef El-Arabi netting a dramatic 119th minute winner to send his team into the last 16 on Thursday.

Barcelona, 28 February 2020 (dpa) – Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League on away goals with a 2-1 home defeat by Olympiakos after extra-time (2-2 on aggregate), with Youssef El-Arabi netting a dramatic 119th minute winner to send his team into the last 16 on Thursday.

Manchester United thrashed Club Brugge 5-0 (6-1 on aggregate) to progress, while Sevilla, Inter Milan and Getafe also moved forward.

Record five-time champions Sevilla drew 0-0 (1-1) at home against Romanian champions Cluj but went through on away goals, with the visitors having a late strike by Alexandru Paun ruled out for handball after a video assistant referee (VAR) revision.

Inter Milan beat Ludogorets 2-1 (4-1) at an empty San Siro, with the game played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

Last season’s Champions League semi-finalists Ajax beat Getafe 2-1 but were eliminated (3-2) after the Spanish minnows put in a typically stubborn display.

Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, and Wolverhampton Wanderers were among the other sides to qualify from the round of 32 second legs ahead of Friday’s draw.

Coach Mikel Arteta picked a strong Arsenal team, yet they played dismally against their Greek visitors and squandered their one-goal advantage from the first leg.

Mohamed Camara wasted an opportunity before Pape Abou Cisse headed home a corner after 53 minutes to put Olympiakos ahead on the night and level on aggregate.

Bernd Leno made a fine save to deny Konstantinos Tsimikas as the Gunners continued to toil, creating little, with the match going into extra-time.

Arsenal thought they had won it when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang smashed home a scissor-kick after 113 minutes, his 20th goal of the season in all competitions, but there was late drama in store.

El-Arabi finished brilliantly at the death from an inswinging cross, before Aubameyang fluffed his lines in stoppage time from point-blank range.

“(I’m) very very disappointed. What can I say? it’s very hard, very tough,” said Arsenal captain Aubameyang.

“I don’t even know (how I missed), I feel very, very bad, but that can happen. I don’t know how I missed this chance. I was tired, I had some cramps as well but it’s not an excuse. I had to score this goal.”

Manchester United’s surprise January loan signing Odion Ighalo scored his first goal for the club as they thrashed Belgian side Club Brugge.

Bruno Fernandes, another winter window arrival, broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after Simon Deli farcically handled on the goaline and was sent off.

Ighalo tapped home from Juan Mata’s cross for the second with Scott McTominay and a Fred brace helping the Red Devils round off the scoring.

“I have been waiting for this,” said Ighalo. “There was a little bit of pressure, but now I got a goal to start my Manchester United goal career. It is a team I’ve supported since I was young.

“I’m very happy. It feels great to have scored. It’s a moment I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. I promise to give my best and keep helping the team move forward.”

Sevilla supporters showed their displeasure as the team edged their way into the next round with a disappointing draw against Cluj.

By contrast, Getafe supporters were delighted as they survived their trip to Ajax to stay in the competition. The Spanish visitors hit the woodwork three times in their defeat in Amsterdam, as they gave their opponents a tough evening.

Shakhtar Donetsk shared a thrilling 3-3 draw with Benfica and progressed (5-4), while Copenhagen scored with all three of their shots on target to beat Celtic 3-1 (4-2) in Glasgow.

Istanbul Basaksehir eliminated another team from the Portuguese capital in Sporting Lisbon, winning 4-1 after extra-time (5-4).

Bayer Leverkusen reached the next round with a 3-1 (5-2) second leg win at Porto.

Serie A team Roma drew 1-1 at Belgian side Gent to progress (2-1), with Justin Kluivert equalising after Jonathan David’s opener.

Premier League side Wolves lost 3-2 at Espanyol but still progressed after their emphatic first leg victory at Molineux (6-3).

Jonathan Calleri scored a hat-trick for the bottom of the table Spanish side and Pedro Neto astonishingly fired wide with an open goal for the visitors.

“I think we should have done better, but the hard work was there, the organisation was there, the fans are happy because we made something that is massive for us,” said coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

Wolfsburg thrashed Malmo 3-0 (5-1) to easily progress through the round of 32.

LASK qualified with a 2-0 win over AZ Alkmaar (3-1), while FC Basel beat Apoel Nicosia 1-0 (4-0).

RB Salzburg’s clash with Eintracht Frankfurt was postponed until Friday because of a violent storm due in the Austrian city. The German team hold a 4-1 first leg lead. Scottish side Rangers booked their place in the last 16 on Wednesday at Braga.

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