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Europa round-up: United, Arsenal, Chukwueze’s Villarreal through, Olayinka scores, Balogun sees red

AFTER round of 16 second leg action on Thursday night, eight teams emerged as quarter-finalists of the UEFA Europa League.

In Italy, Paul Pogba made his first appearance in six weeks to score the only goal as Manchester United won their heavyweight contest 1-0 against AC Milan at San Siro.

The half-time substitute’s goal was enough to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a 2-1 aggregate win after the first leg ended 1-1 at Old Trafford last week.

United are now unbeaten in 13 away games in all competitions and have won 15 of their 23 away games this season, losing only twice.

The biggest shock of the night occurred in Croatia as Dinamo Zagreb defeated Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 after extra-time to advance 3-2 on aggregate.

Mislav Orsic scored all three goals on the night for Dinamo, who lost the opening leg 2-0 and failed to make an impact in the first half. 

Orsic netted twice in the second half of regulation time to take the tie to extra-time before finishing the job in the second half of extra-time.

With their progress, Dinamo became the eighth team to win a Europa League tie after losing the first leg by two goals – and the first to do so against an English club.

In London, Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat to Olympiacos but reached the quarter-finals for the third time in four seasons.

Youssef El-Arabi scored the only goal of the match with a deflected effort in the second half, but Arsenal’s 3-1 win in the first leg in Greece was enough to see them through on aggregate.

The Gunners have now gone 11 matches without keeping a clean sheet in all competitions.

Slavia Prague added Rangers to their list of British victims with a 2-0 win in Glasgow to advance 3-1 on aggregate.

Super Eagles forward Peter Olayinka’s header gave Slavia an early lead and, after Rangers duo Kemar Roofe and Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun had been sent off in the second half.

Nicolae Stanciu’s wonderful free-kick sealed the result.

Olayinka got the better of two compatriots in Balogun and Joe Aribo.Slavia, who had seen off Leicester City in the round of 32, advanced 3-1 on aggregate against Steven Gerrard’s side.

In Switzerland, Ajax defeated Young Boys 2-0 to qualify 5-0 on aggregate with goals from David Neres and Dusan Tadic.

In Spain, Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze assisted one of the goals as Gerard scored twice in Villarreal’s 2-0 win over Dynamo Kiev.

The LaLiga side eased through 4-0 on aggregate having won the first leg 2-0.

Roma and Granada also advanced on Thursday night.

The Italian side defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 in Ukraine for a 5-1 aggregate win, while Granada saw off Molde 3-2 despite losing 2-1 in Norway.

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