Europa League: United, Lyon Through To Quarter Finals

Lyon have reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League despite falling to a narrow 2-1 defeat at Roma in the second leg of their last-16 clash.

The French outfit went through 5-4 on aggregate thanks to Mouctar Diakhaby’s early goal in the Italian capital, with a Kevin Strootman strike and an own goal by Lucas Tousart proving not enough for the hosts.

Ajax overturned a 2-1 defeat from the first leg in Denmark to qualify at the expense of Copenhagen, progressing 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a goal from Bertrand Traore and a Kasper Dolberg penalty right on half time.

Besiktas headed into the home leg of their tie against Olympiacos level-pegging at 1-1, but a resounding 4-1 victory for the Turks sent them through 5-2 overall.

The all-Belgian tie between Genk and Gent was almost a foregone conclusion ahead of kickoff, with the former leading 5-2 from their away leg. They finished the job with a 1-1 draw in front of their home fans, with Timothy Castagne on target and Louis Verstraete netting a consolation on the night.

Schalke 04 scraped into the quarters in their all-German showdown against Borussia Moenchengladbach, progressing on the away goals rule following a 2-2 draw.

Moenchengladbach opened up a two-goal lead through Andreas Christensen and Mahmoud Dahoud, but second-half strikes from Leon Goretzka and Nabil Bentaleb – the latter’s coming from the penalty spot – saw the tie finish 3-3 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, goals from Hugo Mallo and Iago Aspas helped Celta Vigo to a 2-0 win over FC Krasnodar in Russia, a result which saw them progress 4-1 on aggregate.

Belgian side Anderlecht saw off APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus 1-0 having beaten them by the same scoreline in the away leg, while Manchester United edged through 2-1 on aggregate against Rostov after beating the Russians 1-0 at Old Trafford courtesy of a Juan Mata strike.

Results in full:
Besiktas 4-1 Olympiacos
Krasnodar 0-2 Celta Vigo
Genk 1-1 Gent
Ajax 2-0 Copenhagen
Borussia M’bach 2-2 Schalke
Man Utd 1-0 Rostov
Roma 2-1 Lyon
Anderlecht 1-0 APOEL

Adebayo Williams

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