Europa League: Superkid Zhano Ananidze works his magic

An amazing recovery by Spartak Moscow, scoring three second-half goals to turn around the match against Basel in Switzerland was the high point of the evening, the last goal coming from Ananidze. CSKA Moscow also won away, while Zenit Saint Petersburg went down to a late goal at Young Boys Berne and Rubin Kazan lost comprehensively at home.

Spartak Moscow went into the bootroom 2-0 down at half time in Basel, after the home side scored with goals from A. Frei after 36' and Streller before the break on 41'. Spartak came back with three second-half goals to take the lead to Moscow - D. Kombarov 61' Dzyuba 70' and superkid Jano Ananidze 90+2', arguably the best left winger in the world.

CSKA Moscow also had an excellent away result in Salonika, Greece, winning at PAOK's stadium 1-0, goal from Necid after 29'.

Less fortunate was Zenit Saint Petersburg, losing to a late goal from Mayuka on 94´ after going into the break ahead of Young Boys Berne (Switzerland), after the strike from Lombaerts on 20'. Immediately after the interval, the home side reacted with the 1-1 coming on 46', goal by Lulic.

Rubin Kazan was the fourth Russian team, the only to play at home, and has it all to do next week, taking a 0-2 home defeat to Twente Enschede, after away goals from De Jong 77' and Wisgerhof, 88'.

The composition of the last 32 soccer clubs left in the Europa League is as follows:

Portugal: 4 teams

Russia: 4 teams

Netherlands: 3 teams

Greece: 2 teams

England: 2 teams

Ukraine: 2 teams

Germany: 2 teams

Spain: 2 teams

France: 2 teams

Switzerland: 2 teams

Italy: 1 team

Belgium: 1 team

Poland: 1 team

Turkey: 1 team

Belarus: 1 team

Scotland: 1 team

Czech Republic: 1 team

Results and scorers from first leg

Aris Salonika (Greece) 0 Manchester City (England) 0

Rubin Kazan (Russia) 0 Twente (Netherlands) 2

De Jong 77'; Wisgerhof, 88'

Metalist (Ukraine) 0 Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 4

Derdiyok, 23'; Castro, 72'; Sam (2), 90', 92'

Napoli (Italy) 0 Villarreal (Spain) 0

Anderlecht (Belgium) 0 Ajax (Netherlands) 3

Alderweireld 32'; Eriksen 59'; El Hamdaoui 67'

Lech Poznan (Poland) 1 Sporting de Braga (Portugal) 0

Rudnevs 72'

Besiktas (Turkey) 1 Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) 4

Vokujevic 27'Shevchenko 50' Yussuf 56'Gusev 90'(pen)

SL Benfica (Portugal) 2 Stuttgart (Germany) 1

SLB: Oscar Cardozo 70'Jara 81'; Stuttgart: Harnik 21'

BATE (Belarus) 2 Paris Saint Germain 2

BATE: Renan Bressan 16' Gordeychuk 81'; PSG Meylut Erdinç 30'Luyundula 89'

Rangers (Scotland) 1 Sporting Clube de Portugal (Portugal) 1

GR: Whittaker 66'; SCP Fernandez 89'

Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) 0 Liverpool FC (England) 0

Basel (Switzerland) 2 Spartak Moskva (Russia) 3

Basel: A. Frei 36'Streller 41'; Spartak D. Kombarov 61' Dzyuba 70' Ananidze 90+2'

Young Boys Berne (Switzerland) 2 Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia) 1

Young Boys: Lulic 46' Mayuka 90+4'; Zenit Lombaerts 20'

PAOK Salonika (Greece) 0 CSKA Moskva (Russia) 1

Necid 29'

Sevilla (Spain) 1 FC Porto (Portugal) 2

Sevilla: Kanoute 65'; FCP Rolando 58', Guarin 85'

Lille (France) 2 PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 2

Lille Gueye 6',De Melo 31' ; PSV Bouma 83'Toivonen 84'

Second leg : February 22 to 24

Aleksei Federov



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Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey