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Zungu's Rangers Advance In Europa, Arsenal Through!

Arsenal 3-2 Benfica (4-3 agg.)

Arsenal advanced to the UEFA Europa League last 16 with a 3-2 win over Benfica in the second leg on Thursday night.

The Gunners took the lead on 21 minutes when Bukayo Saka played in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who lobbed Benfica shot-stopper Helton Leite.

Diogo Gonçalves pulled the visitors level just before the break with a superb free-kick that gave Bernd Leno no chance.

Benfica then took the lead on 61 minutes when Rafa Silva pounced on Dani Ceballos' error to slot past Bernd Leno, although the Gunners were back level six minutes later through Kieran Tierney's powerful strike.

The Gunners had the final say when Aubameyang got the winning goal in the 87th minute to seal the win and a spot in the last 16.

Rangers 5-2 Antwerp (9-5 agg.)

Bongani Zungu's Rangers advanced to the next round with a thrilling 5-2 win over Royal Antwerp.

The first leg ended 4-3 in favour the Scottish giants, who went ahead on nine minutes through Alfredo Morelos before Liore Rafaelove restored parity on 31 minutes.

Nathan Patterson and Ryan Kent put Rangers 3-1 up on the night inside the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

Didier Lamkel Ze pulled another goal back for the Belgian outfit in the 57th minute, but a penalty each from Borna Barisic and Cedric Itten wrapped the up the win in the final 10 minutes.

Zungu also made his return to action after coming on in the 82nd minute.

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Napoli 2-1 Granada (2-3 agg.)

Napoli missed out on a spot in the round of 16 despite winning the second leg 2-1 on Thursday evening.

Granada claimed a 2-0 win in the first leg, but were behind after just three minutes when Piotr Zieliński netted for the Serie A side.

Montoro levelled matters on the night and put Granada 3-1 up on aggregate in the 25th minute, while Fabian Ruiz's 59th minute strike proved to be a mere consolation.

Ajax Amsterdam 2-1 Lille (4-2 agg.)

Ajax Amsterdam overcame Lille Ligue 1 side Lille to secure a spot in the next round with a 4-2 aggregate win.

Davy Klaasen and David Neres secured the goals in the second leg to cancel out Yusuf Yazici's penalty for a spot in the round of 16.

Other results:

Villareal 2-1 Salzburg (4-1 agg.)

Hoffenheim 0-2 Molde (3-5 agg.)

Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv (3-0 agg.)

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