The Europa League returns as the Round of 16 took center stages across different venues in Europe. Arsenal defeated Italian giants AC Milan thanks to two solid goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey in the 15th and 45+4 minutes of the first half.
Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey got into the referee’s booking in the 60th and 71st minute of the match respectively as Arsenal committed lots of fouls during the match.
Spanish side Athletico Madrid were 3-0 victors over Russian side Lokomotive Moscow as goals from Saul Niguez (a long-range effort that took a deflection), Diego Costa (rebound) and Koke in the 22nd, 47th and 90th minute was enough to seal a comfortable win at home.
Lokomotive’s Aleksey Miranchuk was booked in the 34th minutes while Athletico’s duo of Angel Correa and goals scorer Saul Niguez was booked in the 66th and 84th minute of the match.
Elsewhere Borussia Dortmund exhibited some form of complacency as they were shocked 1-2 at home by visiting Salzburg side in Germany. A brace from Valon Berisha set the visitors a two-goal lead (0-2) in the 49th (pen), 56th minutes before Andre Schurrle reduced the deficit for the host in the 62nd minute of the tie.
Dortmund duo of Omar Toprak and Julian Weighl got booked in the 48th and 89th minute of the match respectively. Red Bull Salzburg trio of Stefan Lainer, Duje Caleta-Car, and Takumi Muiamino was booked in the 59th, 79th and 89th minute as Dortmund paid the price of negligence with a 1-2 home loss.
CSKA Moscow lost at home (0-1) to French giants Olympic Lyonnais as Marcelo’s solitary goal in the 68th minute was the difference between both sides for the entire match.
CSKA duo of Kirill Nababkin and Bebras Natcho were booked in the 30th and 39th minute while Lyon’s Lucas Tousart and Gnaly Maxwell Cornet got booked in the 88th and 90th minute of the match.
Italian side Lazio was held to a 2 -2 draw by Dynamo Kiev. Lazio’s duo of are Ciro immobile and Brazilian talent got the goals for Lazio with Alessandro Murgia, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and Lukaku’s younger brother Jordan Lukaku booked in the 63rd, 71st and 81st minute of the match respectively.
Olympic Marseille Defeated Spanish Side Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in France as Lucas Ocampo grabbed a brace in the match for his French side. The visitors got a penalty which they duly converted as the referee pointed to the spot following a handball in the penalty area.
Dimitri Payet scored a brilliant goal to ensure his side takes a good advantage into the return leg. RB Leipzig defeated Russia giants Zenit St. Petersburg as goals from Bruma and Timo Werner set the tone for a 2-0 lead.
Domenico Criscito reduced the deficit for Zenit in the 86th minute of the game. Dayo Upame Cano got into the reference booking in the 85th minute for RB Leipzig. Sporting Lisbon defeated Victoria Plzen 2-0 in Portugal as a brace from Montero gifted the host (Sporting) the 2-0 win.
The forward was denied his hat-trick later in the match as he drew a brilliant save from the visitor’s goal-keeper after been put through in transition from the run of play.