Another enthralling round of fixtures, will all three English teams making it through to the final eight.
Inter Milan 4 (4) vs (4) 1 Tottenham
Emmanuel Adebayor ended his goal drought as Tottenham squeaked home against Inter Milan. Internazionale were far superior on the night, and gave Tottenham a hammering; quickly making up for their poor performance in London last week. Three Italian goals took the game into extra time and then Adebayor stepped up to break Inter hearts and take Spurs through on away goals. A close shave for Tottenham, and they’ll be looking step up their performance in the last 8.
Chelsea 3 (3) vs (2) 1 Steaua Bucharest
Chelsea made up for their poor performance in Bucharest with a good win over the Romanian side at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Mata, Terry and none other than Fernando Torres guided Chelsea into the quarterfinals. Torres had an opportunity to make the game safe from the penalty spot that he unfortunately scooped onto the crossbar; but generally Chelsea looked self-assured and they’ll now fancy their chances of winning the whole thing.
Newcastle 1 (1) vs (0) 0 Anzhi Makhachkala
A last minute strike from Papiss Cisse was the difference between the two sides at St James Park and ensured that all three English sides progressed into the Europa League quarterfinals. Newcastle will quite rightly feel as pleased as punch to have beaten the rich Russian side over two legs and will be looking forward to the next stage of the competition.
Rubin Kazan 2 (2) vs (0) 0 Levante
Two extra time goals from Rondón and Dyadyun propelled Kazan into the quarterfinals at the expense of Levante side who have to be thoroughly disappointed not to have made a mark on this last 16 tie. A stalemate took the two sides into extra time and two goals in either period of half time finished the game off.
Zenit St Petersburg 1 (1) vs (2) 0 FC Basel
Zenit won on the night but lost overall in a dramatic game at the Petrovsky Stadium. Zenit rained in shot upon shot at the Basel goal with 26 attempts altogether, but unfortunately for them it was too little too late. They’ll now rue their first leg performance that ultimately put them in this position whilst Basel will be contemplating their potential matchup in the last 8.
Bordeaux 2 (2) vs (4) 3 Benfica
Benfica ended up winning fairly comfortably despite a good performance from French side Bordeaux. Bordeaux had the better of the game, with more attempts on goal but Benfica carried their good form in Portugal with them to France and Oscar Cardozo struck twice to send the Portuguese side sailing in the quarterfinals.
Fenerbahce 1 (2) vs (1) 1 Plzen
Surprise Czech outfit managed an away goal in Turkey courtesy of midfielder Vladimir Darida but ultimately it wasn’t enough to propel them to victory against Fenerbahce. A first half strike from Salih Uçan added to their away goal in the Czech Republic and ended Plzen’s involvement in this year’s competition. Fenerbahce’s all star cast will now look forward to the last 8 draw knowing they’ve overcome a stern examination at the hands of the Czech outfit.
Lazio 3 (5) vs (1) 1 VfB Stuttgart
A stunning hat trick from Czech international Libor Kozak completed an emphatic victory for the historic Italian club Lazio. Stuttgart could only manage one in reply through the Hungarian midfielder Tamás Hajnal and consequently head back from Rome having lost on aggregate by four clear goals. Lazio look imperious right now, and will trouble anyone in the quarterfinals.