Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg Review
Manchester United survived a late scare against plucky Ajax to reach the last 16 of the Europa League but are behind local rivals Manchester City in the betting.
United lost 2-1 on the night against the Dutch side but progressed to the next round 3-2 on aggregate. Javier Hernandez gave United an early lead but an equaliser from Aras Ozbiliz and a late header from Toby Alderweireld made for a tense finish.
City had no such worries on Wednesday night as they crushed Porto 4-0 at the Etihad and cruised through to the last 16 by a 6-1 aggregate score. Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock in the first minute and second half goals from Edin Dzeko, David Silva and David Pizarro heaped more misery on a Portuguese side that saw Rolando sent off with 13 minutes remaining.
Stoke City saw their interest in the competition end with a 1-0 defeat at Valencia, knocking them out 2-0 on aggregate. It was always going to be a tough match for Tony Pulis who fielded a weakened side and Brazilian striker Jonas struck the killer blow after 24 minutes.
Atletico Madrid beat Lazio in Spain to progress 4-1 on aggregate. Defender Diego Godin scored three minutes into the second half to send the Serie A side packing.
A hat-trick from Schalke striker Klas Jan Huntelaar downed Plzen after extra time as the German side won 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate. Plzen had Marek Bakos sent off on the hour but a late equaliser from Frantisek Rajitoral saw the match end 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time required.
Athletic Bilbao made hard work of Lokomotiv Moscow and progressed to the last 16 on the away goals rule. Two cards in the space of five minutes saw Fernando Amorebieta sent off on the hour but Iker Muniain scored the goal the La Liga side needed two minutes later.
After a goalless first leg in Italy, Udinese won 3-0 in Greece to ease past PAOK Salonika. Early goals from Danilo and Antonio Floro Flores eased the Serie A club’s nerves and a penalty from Maurizo Domizzi six minutes after the break put the match beyond doubt.
PSV Eindhoven crushed Trabzonspor 4-1 in Holland to win 6-2 on aggregate. An early penalty from Dries Mertens opened the floodgates and goals from Tim Matavz and Kevin Strootman gave the Dutch side a commanding lead. The shell shocked Turkish club pulled one back two minutes before the break through Burak Yilmaz but Matavz added his second of the night after 53 minutes.
Ukranian side Metalist Kharkiv are winning admirers following a 4-1 drubbing of Red Bull Salzburg and winning the tie 8-1 on aggregate. An own goal from Martin Hinteregger gave the Austrian side an uphill battle but they fought back with a goal from Jakob Jantscher after 56 minutes. Kharkiv were not in a charitable mood and scored three further goals from Jonathan Cristaldo, Sebastien Blanco and Marlos to confirm a sound thrashing.
Outright Europa League Winner:
- Manchester City @ 3.75 (Betfred)
- Manchester United @ 4.5 (bet365)
- Valencia @ 10.0 (Boylesports)
- Atletico Madrid @ 11.0 (Paddy Power)
- Schalke 04 @ 13.0 (Sportingbet)
- Athletic Bilbao @ 21.0 (Coral)
- Udinese @ 21.0 (Ladbrokes)
- PSV Eindhoven @ 21.0 (Bet Victor)
- Metalist Kharkiv @ 26.0 (Paddy Power)
- Olympiacos @ 29.0 (Ladbrokes)
- FC Twente @ 34.0 (Sky Bet)
- Hannover 96 @ 34. (Paddy Power)
- Sporting Lisbon @ 34.0 (Bet Victor)
- AZ Alkmaar @ 41. (Boylesports)
- Besiktas @ 67.0 (Boylesports)
- Standard Liege @ 101.0 (Boylesports)