The Europa League Round of 16 return leg saw Napoli, Dynamo Kyiv, Fiorentina, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Club Brugge, VfL Wolfsburg, Sevilla and Zenit St Petersburg qualify to the quarter-finals.

Let’s take a look at how all the matches progressed with the Round-up of the 2nd second of round of 16 matches –

Dynamo Moscow 0-0 Napoli

Napoli held Russian opponents Dynamo Moscow to a 0-0 stalemate to ensure their progression to the quarter-finals. It was end-to-end stuff in Arena Khimki, but neither side could find the back of the end. The visitors did not dwell on their two goal cushion from the first leg, and showed intent when they hit the woodwork through Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon. Dynamo meanwhile were rebuffed of two goals for offside, and might feel robbed for one of the appeals when Christopher Samba seemed to be marginally onside.

Dynamo Kyiv 5-2 Everton

Dynamo Kyiv thrashed Everton at home to seal their quarter-final berth. The Ukrainians, who lost the first leg 2-1, led early through Andriy Yarmolenko to give his side the mathematical advantage. But Romelu Lukaku’s strike restored parity, with the Toffees leading the overall tie. It was all Dynamo after that, though. Four different goal scorers in Łukasz Teodorczyk, Miguel Veloso, Oleh Husyev and Antunes all took advantage of some dreadful defending to pile misery on the only English team in Europe. Phil Jagielka’s late header was nothing more than a mere consolation for the visitors.

AS Roma 0-3 Fiorentina

Fiorentina made light work of a hapless AS Roma side to win by three goals with no response. The tie seemed to be in the Giallorossi’s favor, with Seydou Keita’s away goal in the first-leg giving Rudi Garcia’s men the advantage. The away side though, did not give the hosts any chance as goals from Gonzalo Rodriguez, Marcos Alonso and Jose Basanta eliminated the struggling home side.

Ajax 2-1 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (AET)

An unlucky Ajax side was condemned to Europa League exit by Dnipro on away goals. Impressive teenage midfielder Riechedly Bazoer robbed Egidio of possession before finishing with composure to give his side the lead. Ajax were  the dangerous of the two sides, but could only net once in regulation time. The visitors then delivered a sucker punch to the Dutch side. Captain Yevhen Konoplyanka rose to the occasion, as he cut in from the left channel and curled past Jasper Cillessen in the Ajax goal. Defender Mike van der Hoorn’s goal three minutes from time gave Frank de Boer’s side a lifeline, but it proved to be a tad too late as the Eredivisie side bowed out on away goals.

Beşiktaş 1-3 Club Brugge

Lowly fancied Club Brugge sprung a surprise in the Europa League, vanquishing Beşiktaş from the competition. The Belgian outfit had won the initial leg 2-1, and the Turkish sides’ away goal had the tie well in balance. Ramon Motta’s screamer had put the hosts ahead in the game and the overall tie, but Michel Preud’homme’s men stormed back with three goals to produce a shock in the Atatürk Olympic Stadium. 19-year-old second half substitute Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo was the unlikely hero, as he scored a late brace after Tom De Sutter’s leveler.

Inter 1-2 VfL Wolfsburg

VfL Wolfsburg comfortably overcame Inter Milan over two legs to qualify for the quarther-finals. The Germans, having won the fist-leg 3-1, emerged victorious in Italy too, with goals from Daniel Caligiuri and Nicklas Bendtner aiding their qualification. In-form Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne made a mark again, setting up Caligiuri’s opener. Rodrigo Palacio netted the only goal for the hosts.

Sevilla  2-1 Villarreal

Sevilla continued their defence of the Europa League with a 2-1 victory over Spanish counterparts Villareal. Having put the tie beyond contention winning 1-3 in the first leg, Unai Emery’s men had little to worry. Vicente Iborra put his side into the lead after the hour mark, with Giovani dos Santos’ stunning free-kick four minutes later leveling matters. Sevilla made most of Eric Bailly’s dismissal, as Denis Suárez scored another, winning 2-1 on the night, and 5-2 on aggregate.

Torino 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Andre Villas-Boas’ Zenit survived Italian scare and progressed to the next round despite faltering in Turin. The homes die could not carve out clear chances, and could only score on the 90th minute mark. The Russian league leaders were almost forced into extra time by Giampiero Ventura’s charges. Kamil Glik’s header in the final minute was followed by a late drama, when Fabio Quagliarella’s effort was chalked off the line to keep the tie limited to regulation time.

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