took a shocking 3-1 aggregate lead over in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League encounter on Thursday, setting up what should be an exciting return fixture next week at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, relegation-threatenedput their domestic troubles behind them to snatch an impressive 3-1 away win at , and kept their pursuit of silverware alive with a professional 3-0 victory over .
Here’s a look at the results from Thursday’s first-leg fixtures:
Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Benfica
‘s penalty proved the difference between and , whose defeat in Croatia was further compounded by the loss of striker to injury. Benfica now head back to Lisbon in need of a victory to progress.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Inter
goalkeeper denied ‘s penalty in the first half to give his side a fighting chance. nearly scored the winner for the hosts, only for the offside flag to end his celebrations abruptly. There’s everything to play for next Thursday.
Rennes 3-1 Arsenal
Europa League upstarts Rennes overcame‘s early opener to secure a 3-1 victory over 10-man Arsenal. was sent off late in the first half for a second yellow card. It’s the first time the Gunners lost to a French opponent in 10 matches.
Sevilla 2-2 Slavia Prague
‘s goal within 30 seconds set the tone for a topsy-turvy encounter between and , who responded with two crucial away goals. Sevilla have managed just two wins in their last nine matches across all competitions.
Zenit St. Petersburg 1-3 Villarreal
Villarreal played nothing like a team that stands 18th in La Liga. Javier Calleja’s side produced three away goals in excellent conditions in St. Petersburg, giving supporters something to celebrate in what has been a dreadful campaign.
Chelsea 3-0 Dynamo Kyiv
, , and underused substitute gave Chelsea a healthy advantage heading into next week’s second leg in Ukraine. It was mostly one-way traffic at Stamford Bridge, where the Blues fired eight shots on target to the visitors’ goose egg.
Napoli 3-0 Red Bull Salzburg
Goals fromand , coupled with some friendly fire, put Napoli in a fantastic position to reach the Europa League quarterfinals. Milik received a standing ovation, and Ruiz continued to show why Napoli spent the money to sign him from Real Betis.
Valencia 2-1 FC Krasnodar
offered Krasnodar hope of a potential second-leg comeback with a slick finish in the second half. Valencia gave way to the visitors after a scintillating start that included two goals in the first 25 minutes of play.
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