With luck, Arsenal FC reached the round of 16 in the Europa League. The Londoners won their second round home game against Benfica Lisbon, which had been relocated to Piraeus, with a late goal from double packer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (21st and 87th) with 3: 2 (1: 1) and thus prevented a 1-1 in the first leg early exit. The SSC Napoli, however, was eliminated.
As for the German Benfica duo Julian Weigl and Luca Waldschmidt, Diego Demme was also the end of the line before the round of the best 16. Without the injured ex-Leipzig, SSC Napoli won 2-1 (1-1) against FC Granada, but the Italians could not make up for the 2-0 defeat in the first leg.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s record champions Glasgow Rangers made it through a 5-2 (1-1) win against Royal Antwerp after their 4-3 first leg success in the round of 16. Austria’s ambitious champion RB Salzburg, on the other hand, could not turn the 0: 2 from the first duel at 1: 2 (1: 1) at FC Villarreal.
Like Tottenham Hotspur last Wednesday, the Dutch record champions Ajax Amsterdam secured themselves with a 2: 1 (1: 0) against OSC Lille (first leg 2: 1) and Shakhtar Donetsk with a 1: 0 (0: 0) against Maccabi Tel Aviv after the 2-0 in the first leg places in the next round. The draw for the round of 16 will take place on Friday.