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Europa League, round of 32, second leg

Round of 16 draw: Villarreal and Sevilla were paired together, with the first leg in Villarreal on 12th March.

Sevilla and Villarreal made it through to the last sixteen of the competition after winning their respective second leg matches, although Athletic Bilbao were knocked out. Sevilla beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-3, Vitolo putting the tie beyond the Germans’ reach later on after Xhaka and Hazard had cancelled out strikes by Bacca and Vitolo in the first half an hour. Villarreal came from behind to win 1-3 at Salzburg, Djuricin opening the scoring for the Austrians but Vietto scoring a goal in each half and Giovani wrapping things up with ten minutes to go. Athletic Bilbao lost 2-3 to Torino however, Iraola and De Marcos levelling the tie after a Quagliarella penalty and a Maxi López header had twice given the Italians the edge, but Darmian volleying home the winner midway through the second half. (26.02.15)

Borussia Moenchegladbach 2 - Sevilla 3

Defending champions Sevilla are through to the last sixteen after beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-3 in the return leg. Unai Emery’s side went ahead twice in the first half hour, Bacca turning in an Aleix Vidal cross under pressure from Stranzl, and Vitolo running on to beat Sommer after Xhaka had levelled the scores. Hazard made it all square again just a couple of minutes later, but Sevilla’s two away goals meant that the German side had to score two more, and only a couple of good saves by Sommer prevented Bacca and Vidal from putting the Andalusians back in front. Kruse and Hazard both hit the woodwork after the interval, but the locals were left with ten men when Xhaka picked up a second booking, and Iborra headed against the bar before Vitolo put the result beyond doubt on another quick breakaway near the end.

Salzburg 1 - Villarreal 3

Villarreal made it into the next round of the Europa League after coming from behind to win 1-3 at Salzburg. Djuricin opened the scoring for the home side after Costa blocked a previous shot from Sabitzer, giving the Austrians the lead in the tie thanks to the away goal they scored in the first leg. However Vietto went close a few minutes later, and with just over half an hour gone he got on the end of a long Jonathan Dos Santos free kick to head the equalizer past Gulacsi. Both teams had chances after that, but with a quarter of an hour to go substitute Giovani got free on a quick counter-attack and passed across for Vietto to score into an empty net. That meant Salzburg had to score three to turn things around, and just three minutes later Vietto returned the favour for Giovani to wrap things up with a shot inside the near post.

Athletic Bilbao 2 - Torino 3

Athletic Bilbao are out of the competition after they lost 2-3 to Torino in the San Mamés stadium. A 2-2 draw from the first leg gave Valverde’s side the edge, although that was wiped out on the quarter hour mark when Quagliarella converted a penalty after Gurpegui tripped Vives in the area. Iraola made it all square a couple of minutes before the break, but almost immediately Maxi López restored the lead, and only a good save by Herrerín prevented the ex Barcelona striker from adding another after the restart. Iñaki Williams headed against the post soon afterwards though, and with an hour gone De Marcos ran on to Muniain’s through ball to level the tie. Seven minutes later howver Darmian connected with El Kaddouri’s cross to volley in a third, and after that there was no way back.