Rostov was held at home 1-1 by Manchester United. Mkhitaryan scored the opener for the visitors, served by Ibrahimovic on 53' and Bukharov got an intelligent equalizer on 53'.
Meanwhile the other Russian team in the competition, Krasnodar, played away at Celta Vigo in Spain, coming away with a 2-1 defeat. Man of the match Wass opened for Celta on 50' with a long-range free kickwhich swerved into the goal mouth and bounced in off the post. Claesson got Krasnodar's equalizer with a dribble in the area and Beauvue headed the winner on 90'.
Both Russian teams have work to do. Things look better for Krasnodar with the return leg at home but 1-0 wins will see both teams through to the quarter-finals.
Europa League Last 16
Kobenhavn 2 Ajax 1
Rostov 1 Manchester United 1
APOEL 0 Anderlecht 1
Gent 2 Genk 5
Olympiacos 1 Besiktas 1
Lyon 4 Roma 2
Schalke 1 Moenchengladbach 1
Celta 2 Krasnodar 1
Europa League Round of 32
Fenerbahçe (Turkey) 1 Krasnodar (Russia) 1 Agg. 1-2
Fiorentina (Italy) 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany) 4 Agg: 3-4
Tottenham Hotspur (England) 2 KAA Gent (Belgium) 2 Agg: 2-3
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 0 Celta (Spain) 2 Agg: 1-2
KRC Genk (Belgium) 1 FC Astra Giurgiu (Romania) 0 Agg: 3-2
Besiktas (Turkey) 2 Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel) 1 Agg: 5-2
Saint-Étienne (France) 0 Manchester United (England) 1 Agg. 0-4
Ajax (Netherlands) 1 Legia (Poland) 0 Agg: 1-0
Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) 1 Rostov (Russia) 1 Agg: 1-5
Osmanlispor (Turkey) 0 Olympiacos (Greece) 3 Agg: 0-3
Kobenhavn (Denmark) 0 Ludogorets (Bulgaria) 0 Agg: 2-1
Schalke (Germany) 1 PAOK (Greece) 1 Agg: 4-1
Roma (Italy) 0 Villarreal (Spain) 1 Agg: 4-1
Zenit (Russia) 3 Anderlecht (Belgium) 1 Agg: 3-3 Anderlecht wins on away goals
APOEL (Cyprus) 2 Athletic Bilbao (Spain) 0 Agg: 4-3
Lyon (France) 7 AZ (Netherlands) 1 Agg: 11-2
First Legs Thursday February 16
Krasnodar (Russia) 1 Fenerbahçe (Turkey) 0
Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany) 0 Fiorentina (Italy) 1
KAA Gent (Belgium) 1 Tottenham Hotspur (England) 0
Celta (Spain) 0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 1
FC Astra Giurgiu (Romania) 2 KRC Genk (Belgium) 2
Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel) 1 Besiktas (Turkey) 3
Manchester United (England) 3 Saint-Étienne (France) 0
Legia (Poland) 0 Ajax (Netherlands) 0
Rostov (Russia) 4 Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) 0
M. Mevlja 15 Poloz 38 Noboa 40 Azmoun 68
Olympiacos (Greece) 0 Osmanlispor (Turkey) 0
Ludogorets (Bulgaria) 1 Kobenhavn (Denmark) 2
PAOK (Greece) 0 Schalke (Germany) 3
Villarreal (Spain) 0 Roma (Italy) 4
Anderlecht (Belgium) 2 Zenit (Russia) 0
Athletic Bilbao (Spain) 3 APOEL (Cyprus) 2
AZ (Netherlands) 1 Lyon (France) 4
The competitions so far
Champions League Matchdays 1 to 6
Europa League Matchdays 1 to 6
Champions League: Two games, eleven goals and the greatest turnaround in soccer history
Dortmund and Barcelona turned their ties around, both recovering from first-leg defeats away. Durtmund turned around a 1-0 defeat to Belfica in Portugal, winning 4-0 and Barcelona did the almost impossible, coming back from a 4-0 hammering in Paris to beat PSG 6-5 on aggregate.
Wednesday March 8
Dortmund 4 Benfica 0
Aubameyang 4, 61, 85
First Leg Benfica 1 Dortmund 0 Aggregate: Dortmund 4 Benfica 1
Aubameyang managed to do in Germany what he threatened to do in Lisbon. This time there was no doubt as to which was the best team.
Barcelona 6 Paris Saint-Germain 1
Luis Suárez 3 Cavani 62
Kurzawa 40 og
Messi 50 (P)
Neymar 88, 90+1 (P)
Sergi Roberto 90+5
On 95 minutes Barcelona won the tie. 66 per cent ball possession to 34 for the visitors, translated into 17 shots against 7 describes what has been described as the greatest turnaround in soccer history.
First Leg PSG 4 Barcelona 0 Aggregate: Barcelona 6 PSG 5
Played Tuesday March 7
Arsenal FC 1 Bayern Munich 5
Walcott 20 Lewandowski 55 (pen.) Robben 68, Douglas Costa 78, Vidal 80, 85
First Leg Bayern 5 Arsenal 1 Aggregate: Arsenal 2 Bayern 10
An aggregate of 2 to 10 says it all.
Napoli 1 Real Madrid 3
Mertens 24 Ramos 52, Mertens 57 (og) Morata 90+1
First Leg Real 3 Napoli 1 Aggregate: Napoli 2 Real Madrid 6
Tuesday March 14
Juventus x FC Porto x
First Leg Porto 0 Juventus 2 Aggregate:
Leicester x Sevilla x
First Leg Sevilla 2 Leicester City 1
Wednesday March 15
Atlético x Bayer Leverkusen x
First Leg Leverkusen 2 Atlético 4 Aggregate:
Monaco x Manchester City x
First Leg City 5 Monaco 3 Aggregate:
Champions League Last 16 First Legs
Champions: FC Porto a disgrace, Juve in front, Leicester the dark horse
How FC Porto is going to come back from 2-0 down at home in the city of Oporto in Portugal against Juventus in Turin is a question that the Porto coach Nuno Espírito Santo (Holy Spirit) has the right to answer. Throughout history, the Holy Spirit has done more incredible things. Leicester City, 1-2 away. But can Ranieri pull it off?
FC Porto 0 Juventus 2
Pjaca 72, Dani Alves 74
A disgrace and a massacre. It is difficult to understand FC Porto at times. It is a team studded with international players, it is a club which has been intercontinental champion more than once, has won all the trophies in football in Portugal, in Europe and in the world, has the President who has won more trophies than any other in history and enters a game against Juventus almost apologetically. FC Porto today is a Sutton United without the pie-eating second goal-keeper. Only because he doesn't have the guts. Either FC Porto goes to Italy and wins 2-0 or 3-1 or else... shitcanned from the annals of soccer history, relegated to a has-been.
Sevilla 2 Leicester City 1
Sarabia 25 Vardy 73
Vardy, who else? Hidden all season, last year's champion steals a goal seventeen minutes from time. Can Sevilla come away from England with less than a 1-0 defeat? A ressurgent Vardy and a stable striking force may make the difference if Ranieri can actually launch the same team for two consecutive games.
Manchester City (England) 5 Monaco (France) 3
Sterling 26 Falcao 32, 61
Agüero 58, 71 Mbappé 40
Monaco had more shots at goal, 16 to eight, both with 6 on target although City had a ball possession of 62 per cent to 38.
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 2 Atlético Madrid (Spain) 4
Bellarabi, 48 Saúl Ñíguez 17, Griezmann 25
Savic (og) 68 Gameiro pen. 59, Torres 86
First Legs Wednesday February 15
Arsenal has another Arsenal moment - after playing well for four months, the team collapses at hope and abroad, losing by enormous gulfs in the scoreline which would befit a team fighting relegation. Enough is done before and after to ensure a top-four Premier League place. Period. Real? What to expect?
Bayern Munich (Germany) 5 Arsenal (England) 1
Robben 11 Alexis Sanchez 30
Thiago Alcântara 56,63
Real Madrid (Spain) 3 Napoli (Italy) 1
Benzema 18 Insigne 8
First Legs - Tuesday February 14
Tonight the Champions League round of 16 kicked off with Benfica vs. Dortmund (1-0) and Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona (4-0). Benfica will have to put on a perfect display in Germany, while PSG seems to have wrapped up the tie in the first leg. How can a team that lost 4-0 come back with five without answer?
Benfica (Portugal) 1 Dortmund (Germany) 0
Three goal attempts for Benfica in the first half, against Dortmund's four and in the second, one against an astonishing ten. Conclusion: Dortmnund was all over Benfica, gave away the goal instead of clearing the ball and missed a penalty. With a ball possession of 65% to 35%, the Germans saw far more of the game, but those who put the ball in the net...
PSG (France) 4 Barcelona (Spain) 0
Di Maria 18, 55
By Dmitry Zotov - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47816427
In a weary world of endless US military interventions, sanctions, trade tariffs and chaos, let’s pause and take stock of the shining house on the hill