Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Getty Photos)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice including a unhurried winner as Arsenal licensed for the closing 16 of the Europa League on Thursday with an exhilarating 3-2 victory over Benfica in the house leg of their relocated tie in Greece.
The Gabon striker put Arsenal ahead on the Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus following a 1-1 design in the most indispensable leg, which modified into played in Rome as a consequence of Covid-19 shuttle restrictions between Portugal and the UK.
Diogo Goncalves levelled the tie with a shining curling free-kick and Rafa Silva gave Benfica a 2-1 lead on the evening when he took profit of an error from Dani Ceballos on the hour.
Kieran Tierney rifled in an equaliser and Aubameyang headed in the decisive goal from Bukayo Saka’s flawed on 87 minutes, incomes the Gunners a 4-3 mixture victory and saving them from an uncommon away desires exit.
“All people seems cheerful tonight. This is what affords me energy day by day, resolve errors from the previous and remodel to strength,” Aubameyang urged BT Sport.
“The team confirmed masses of character and we deserved the salvage. It modified into a troublesome sport. What we confirmed tonight will be an instance for the future.”
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers stepped forward following their 5-2 salvage over Belgian aspect Antwerp at Ibrox, with five varied players not off route for the Scottish league leaders.
After a dramatic 4-3 salvage in the most indispensable leg closing week, desires from Alfredo Morelos, Nathan Patterson and Ryan Kent put Rangers up to recede earlier than unhurried penalties from Borna Barisic and Cedric Itten wrapped up the tie 9-5 on mixture.
Napoli’s deplorable recede persisted as they had been knocked out 3-2 on mixture by Granada no subject a success 2-1 in the return leg in Italy.
Ajax eliminated French Ligue 1 leaders Lille with a 2-1 victory in Amsterdam to total a 4-2 overall salvage, whereas Gerard Moreno netted each desires as Villarreal dumped out Salzburg 4-1 on mixture.
Musty winners Shakhtar Donetsk achieved a 3-0 mixture victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv, whereas Norwegians Molde dumped out Hoffenheim 5-3 on mixture following a 2-0 salvage in Germany.
Manchester United already hang one foot in the closing 16 after an emphatic 4-0 salvage over Exact Sociedad closing week, benefiting from the reality the most indispensable leg of that tie modified into switched from Spain to Italy after the Spanish executive presented a ban on arrivals by air from the UK.
Meanwhile Leicester City, who’re on the aid of second-positioned United in the Premier League handiest on goal distinction, construct hang work calm to construct in the return leg at home towards Czech champions Slavia Prague after a 0-0 design closing week.
AC Milan resolve on Red Superstar Belgrade in a clash of faded European champions with their tie in the steadiness after a 2-2 design in Serbia.
The design for the closing 16 takes station on Friday, with Tottenham Hotspur in the combine too, having dispatched Wolfsberg of Austria by an mixture secure of 8-1.