How did the other Europa League games go?

Thursday 09 March 2023 22:00

Manchester United were the most comfortable first-leg winners in the Europa League's Round of 16.

The Reds' 4-1 win over Real Betis at Old Trafford closed an entertaining and high-scoring evening of European football, which also featured fellow Premier League side Arsenal and Italian giants Juventus and Roma, both of whom had former United men in their ranks.


The German club were almost as quick to get off the mark as Marcus Rashford, with midfielder Kerem Demirba finding the net for Leverkusen after just nine minutes of their home leg against the Hungarian champions. However, Xavi Alonso's side were unable to build on the early lead until very late in the day - Edmond Tapsoba's 86th-minute effort gives Leverkusen a two-goal cushion to take to Budapest next week.


A former United winger was on target in Turin as one of the competition's most illustrious sides made hard work of their home leg. Angel Di Maria gave the OId Lady the lead eight minutes into the second half but Freiburg remained stubborn opponents and may fancy their chances of pulling off a shock aggregate win when the teams resume their tie in Germany.

United 4 Real Betis 1


The Reds will take a commanding lead to Spain for the second leg of our Europa League last-16 tie.


Hosting the winners of United's group, Jose Mourinho's side secured a very similar 2-0 win to Bayer Leverkusen, by taking an early lead at home but being made to wait until the last five minutes to score again. Stephan El Shaarawy struck first in the 13th minute at the Olympic Stadium and Marash Kumbulla finally followed up in the 87th. Two ex-Reds played the full 90 minutes for the former United manager, with defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic operating in front of centre-back Chris Smalling.


Serial winners of the Europa League, Sevilla are on track to reach another quarter-final after beating their visitors from Turkey with two second-half goals. Joan Jordan broke the deadlock in the 56th minute before former Spurs winger Erik Lamela doubled the Spanish side's advantage five minutes from time.


The Ukrainian club, playing their home leg in the safer surroundings of Poland's capital Warsaw, looked set to carry a slender advantage into the second leg in the Netherlands when Yaroslav Rakitskyi gave them the lead in the 79th minute. But Ezequiel Bullaude bagged a last-gasp equaliser and the Dutch outfit will now look to make home advantage count next Thursday.


Premier League leaders Arsenal went ahead and later behind during a see-saw first-leg draw in Lisbon. William Saliba's 22nd-minute opener for the Gunners was quickly cancelled out by Goncalo Inacio, and when the Portuguese club went in front through Paulinho early in the second half, their advantage was also short-lived. An own goal by Sporting's Japanese midfielder Hidemasa Morita ended the scoring at 2-2, just after the hour mark.

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Belgian club Union SG have reason to feel aggrieved that the away goals rule no longer applies, after netting three times in the backyard of their near-namesakes from Germany. The visitors took the lead in the 28th, 58th and 72nd minutes, through Victor Boniface, Yorbe Vertessen and then Boniface again, but each time they were pegged back. Josip Juranovic levelled the score just before half-time and further equalisers from Robin Knoche and Sven Michel ensured an enthralling contest ended evenly.

The second legs of all eight Europa League ties, including Real Betis v United, will be played next Thursday, 16 March.

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