IMAGE: Manchester United gamers have fun after Marcus Rashford scored the third objective in opposition to Real Sociedad at Allianz Stadium in Turin, on Thursday. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur constructed hefty leads with emphatic away wins of their Europa League final 32 first-leg matches however AC Milan had been held to a 2-2 draw at Red Star Belgrade because the competitors resumed on Thursday.
On evening of high-scoring matches, United crushed Real Sociedad 4-0 in a sport performed in Turin due to COVID-19 restrictions between the UK and Spain with Bruno Fernandes scoring a brace for his facet.
Tottenham received 4-1 away in opposition to Austrian facet Wolfsberg within the Puskas Arena in Budapest whereas Swiss facet Young Boys, Scotland’s Rangers and Olympiakos all hit 4.
Arsenal drew 1-1 within the “away” leg of their tie in opposition to Benfica, though the match was performed in Rome.
IMAGE: Daniel James scores the fourth objective for Manchester United. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images
Fernandes has change into the heartbeat of Manchester United and the Portuguese midfielder opened the scoring after 27 minutes together with his twentieth objective of the season.
He curled in his second after 57 minutes earlier than Marcus Rashford and Daniel James accomplished the rout.
“We deserved to win but maybe not by four goals. On a night like this when we find spaces we can be a dangerous team,” United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned.
Tottenham’s home type has been woeful however they claimed a primary away win within the knockout section of the Europa League since 2008 to place one foot within the final 16.
Gareth Bale arrange Son Heung-min earlier than scoring a cultured second as he marked a uncommon begin with a robust show earlier than being substituted halfway by means of the second half.
Lucas Moura made it 3-0 with a solo effort however Wolfsberg improved after the break and Michael Liendl pulled a objective again from the penalty spot. Tottenham substitute Carlos Vinicius touched residence his facet’s late fourth.
“I think we have one foot in the next round. I liked the performance in the first half,” Spurs supervisor Jose Mourinho mentioned.
IMAGE: Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min celebrates scoring their first objective in opposition to Wolfsberg with teammate Gareth Bale. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters
Arsenal fell behind in opposition to Benfica when Pizzi netted a penalty however Bukayo Saka levelled two minutes later and the Premier League facet would have received had their ending been higher, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang losing a number of possibilities.
AC Milan had been seconds away from victory in Belgrade however a stoppage-time header by substitute Milan Pavkov earned 10-man Red Star a 2-2 draw.
The Italians led 1-0 and 2-1 due to a Radovan Pankov personal objective and a Theo Hernandez penalty however Red Star, who had Milan Rodic despatched off within the 76th minute, hit again by means of a Guelor Kanga penalty.
Ajax secured a 2-1 win at Lille due to late targets by Dusan Tadic and Brian Brobbey after Timothy Weah had put the hosts in entrance.
There had been targets galore elsewhere. Young Boys led Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 with targets by Christian Fassnacht, Jordan Siebatcheu and Meschack Elia however Leverkusen stormed again to degree with Patrik Schick twice heading in the right direction. Siebatcheu struck once more within the 89th minute to offer Young Boys a 4-3 win.
IMAGE: Theo Hernandez scores the second objective for AC Milan from the penalty spot in opposition to Red Star Belgrade. Photograph: Srjdan Stevanovic/Getty Images
Olympiakos beat PSV Eindhoven 4-2 whereas Bruno Petkovic scored twice for Dinamo Zagreb in a 3-2 victory in Krasnodar.
A rip-roaring contest in Antwerp noticed Rangers take the lead, then path 2-1 and 3-2 earlier than Ryan Kent equalised within the 83rd minute and Borna Barisic transformed his second penalty of the evening within the ninetieth minute to seal victory.
Molde and Hoffenheim shared six targets in a 3-3 draw whereas AS Roma eased to a 2-0 win at Braga with Edin Dzeko scoring early and Borja Mayoral placing late however fellow Italians Napoli suffered a 2-0 loss at Granada.
Leicester City had been held to a 0-0 draw at Slavia Prague whereas Dynamo Kiev and Brugge drew 1-1.