• Joseph Faulkner

Europa League Round up: Roma, Ajax, Spurs, Arsenal in Dominant 1st Leg Displays


Villarreal put up a brave performance beating Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 in Ukraine despite the presence of several thousand vocal fans at the game.


Pau Torres scored for Villareal after Dynamo failed to clear a corner in the 30th minute. Torres was lively all evening and again had a hand in the La Liga side's second goal when captain Raul Albiol scored on the rebound in the 52nd after Georgiy Bushchan saved Moreno's header.


Another La Liga, Granada recorded a 2-0 win over Norwegian side Molde who had Martin Ellingsen sent off for two bookings midway through the second half. Ajax eased to a 3-0 win at home over Swiss team Young Boys.


Roma thumped visiting Shakter Donetsk 3-0 as Stephan El Shaarawy scored his first goal for the club since his January return. Roma failed to dominate possession at home but were ruthless in front of goal ensuring Shakter were punished on the counter.


Ajax were in Bullish mood as they dominated Young Boys right from the first blast of the whistle but were wasteful in front of goal. Despite controlling the tempo of the match, Ajax had to wait till the 63rd minute before finding the breakthrough as Davy Klaassen connected on goal in the 62nd minute. Duan Tadic and Brian Brobbey extended the scoreline to give the Amsterdam side a comfortable 1st leg result.


Harry Kane was the star of the show as Tottenham took one step closer to the Europa League quarter-finals. Kane's brace gave Spurs a comfortable 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb and moved North London side a step closer to the quarter-final of the Europa League.


Arsenal put the ghosts of last season's Europa League ouster at the hands of Olympiacos behind them to put up an inspiring display at the Karaiskakis Stadium and breeze past Olympiacos 3-1. Martin Odegaard opened his goal scoring account with Arsenal in impressive fashion with a well taken shot from yards out to give Arsenal the lead. The Gunners showed their defensive frailties yet again with an unforced error that gave the Greek giant a way back into the game. Dani Ceballos was robbed by Youssef El-Arabi when miss-controlling a pass from Bernd Leno, before the Olympiacos top scorer levelled from distance. Arsenal's blushes were spare by goals from Gabriel and Mohamed Elneny and the Londoners waltzed to a 3-1 first-leg lead over Olympiacos.


Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Milan thanks to Simon Kjaer's last-minute equalizer while Newly-crowned Scottish champions Rangers continued their impressive run this season with a 1-1 at Slavia Prague.


Europa League round of 16 scores

Slavia Prague 1-1 Rangers

Manchester United 1-1 AC Milan

Dynamo Kiev 0-2 Villarreal

Ajax 3-0 Young Boys

Granada 2-0 Molde

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb

Olympiacos 1-3 Arsenal

Roma 3-0 Shakter Donetsk


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