The Europa League quarterfinal second legs took place tonight and produced some truly special scenes.
Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund (5-4 agg)
Liverpool produce one of the greatest comebacks in the club’s history rivalling that famous night in Istanbul. After just nine minutes the home side were 2-0 down thanks to goals from Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang. Liverpool’s comeback began in the second half when Divock Origi scored three minutes after the restart. Marco Reus must have thought his 57th minute goal would seal the Germans spot in the semi-finals but goals in the 78th and 90th minute from centre backs Sakho and Loveran completed an incredible night at Anfield. A truly remarkable evening.
Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 Braga (6-1 agg)
Ukrainian Giants Shakhtar had a healthy away goal lead heading into this tie but that didn’t stop them from embarrassing Braga tonight. A 25th minute penalty dispatched by Srna but Shakhtar ahead. Braga centre back Ferreira had a night to forget scoring two own goals the first coming in the 43rd minute. Five minutes after the restart Kovalenko made it three nil before Ferreira scored his second own goal with 74 minutes played. Shakhtar look to be a force in Europe this season.
Sparta Prague 2-4 Villarreal (3-6 agg)
It was a case of goals galore in Prague this evening as Spanish side Villarreal booked their place in the semi-finals. They took the lead within five minutes through star striker Cedric Bakmabu and doubled that lead thanks to Castilejo with 43 minutes gone. They were 3-0 up on the stroke of halftime thanks to a David Lafata own goal. Bakambu scored his second on the night just 4 minutes into the second half. Sparta regained some pride strong two goals within 6 minute coming from Borek Dockal and Ladislav Krejci. Villarreal are serious contenders for the title as they continue their fine form.
Sevilla 1-2 Atletic Bilbao (3-3 agg)
Defending champions Sevilla battled against fellow Spaniards Bilbao for a place in the semi finals. Bilbao took the lead on 57 minutes through veteran striker Aritz Aduriz. Two minutes later Sevilla equalised thanks to a goal from Kevin Gamero. 10 minutes from time Raul Garcia scored for Bilbao to take the sides to extra time. No goals in extra time saw the tie decided on penalties. A miss from Bilbao’s Beñat allowed Kevin Gamero to score the decisive winner. 5-4 Sevilla progress.
The draw for the semi finals take place tomorrow morning.