Europa League: Quarter-finals defined

43709.jpegThe three Portuguese teams pass through to the last 8 of the Europa League: FC Porto, Benfica and SC Braga, whose coach, Domingos Paciencia, outfoxed Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish. Russia's contribution now is limited to Spartak Moskva, after the elimination of CSKA and Zenit.

Results from first leg

CSKA Moskva 0 FC Porto 1

SC Braga 1 Liverpool FC 0

Benfica 2 PSG 1

PSV 0 Rangers 0

Bayer L. 2 Villarreal 3

Ajax 0 Spartak Moskva 1

Dynamo Kyiv 2 Manchester City 0

Twente 3 Zenit 0

FC Porto (Portugal) 2 CSKA Moskva 1 (Russia) 1 (3:1)

Hulk (1) and Guarin (24) put the game outside the reach of CSKA, whose Tosiv scored on 29'. The aggregate is 3-1. FC Porto passes through to the last 8.

Liverpool FC (England) 0 SC Braga (Portugal) 0 (0:1)

A brilliant result for Domingos Paciencia's Braga. A lesson in tactics.

Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) 0 PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 1 (0:1)

The visitors scored after 14' (Lens). This goal was enough to win the tie.

Villarreal (Spain) 2 Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 1 (5:3)

After winning away by 3-2, Villarreal put the game beyond the reach of Bayer Leverkusen with goals from Santi Cazorla (33) and Rossi (61), while Derdiyok scored the goal of honour for the visitors on 82'.

Spartak Moskva (Russia) 3 Ajax (Netherlands) 0 (4:0)

Spartak thrashed Ajax, with goals from D. Kombarov (21), Welliton (30) and Alex (54).

Manchester City (England) 1 Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) 0 (1:2)

Kolarov scored for Manchester City but it was not enough to reverse the result from the first leg in Ukraine. The home side had 14 shots against 7 and 11 corners to 4. However, despite the pressure the Ukrainians go through.

Paris Saint Germain (France) 1 SL Benfica (Portugal) 1 (2 :3)

Benfica's Gaitán opened the scoreboard on 27' and Bodmer replied for the Paris team on 35'. 1-1 at half time. Benfice managed to block PSG's extreme pressure in the second half and owe their continuation to goalkeeper Roberto.

Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia) 2 FC Twente Enschede (Netherlands) 0 (2:3)

Zenit St. Petersburg won the game but lost the tie, having lost the first leg by 3-0. The goalscorers were Shirokov and Kershakov on 16' and 38'.

Aleksei Federov



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Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey