Europa League round of 16 results and other highlights:
- Chelsea defeated Malmo 2-1 with goals from Giroud and Barkley
- Arsenal was left stunned by a first-half goal by BATE that saw them slump to a 1-0 lead
- Coming down from the CL to the tournament, Napoli got their EL underway with a 3-1 win in Naples
The Europa League resumed action after being away for 2 months and the first leg of the round of 32 has given us plenty of talking points from a dramatic set of fixtures. We bring you all the scores and developments from the results and all the lay down you need from the land of the Europa League.
The biggest result came with premier league side Arsenal being left stunned by BATE who came away with a 1-0 win against them. The fellow premier league didn’t have to face the same ramifications though despite being put under heavy pressure by Malmo, managing to hold onto a 2-1 lead despite the home side trying their best to level the score.
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Elsewhere in Italy, Napoli who had dropped down to the Europa League after being sent packing from the Champions League, finishing third in their group behind PSG and Liverpool began their campaign with an assertive 3-1 win that has all but put them on the brink of progressing through to the round of 16.
The second leg matches in the round of 32 will be played on 21st February, Thursday with the matches taking place at 11:30 pm and 1:30 am IST. The matches will be telecasted on Sony Ten 1, 2/HD.
Malmo vs Chelsea
Having endured a torrid time recently, Chelsea looked to bring back some semblance to their dwindling season as they returned to European competition. Heavyweights and considered firm contenders for the title, Chelsea managed to come away from Malmo with a 2-1 win after goals from Barkley and Giroud gave them a favourable finish in the first leg.
It wasn’t all easy for Chelsea though. Malmo attacked Chelsea’s game perfectly, pressing with intent throughout the match and breaking efficiently to peg Chelsea’s backline. A mistake at the back saw Chelsea concede needlessly and see out jittery closing minutes, one they managed to close out successfully.
BATE vs Arsenal
Flummoxed by a side that hasn’t been in action for more than two months after their league had ended in 2018 itself, Arsenal’s lacklustre and lopsided performance saw them stumble to a 1-0 defeat. Once again all over the place at the back, Arsenal was equally abject at going forward, unable to get what would have been a vital away goal. To add to their troubles, Lacazette was given a red card and will miss their home leg as they try to overturn the deficit.
Europa League Round of 16 Results
Fenerbahçe 1-0 Zenit
Rapid Wien 0-1 Inter Milan
Slavia Praha 0-0 Genk
Krasnodar 0-0 Leverkusen
Rennes 3-3 Real Betis
Olympiacos 2-2 Dynamo Kyiv
Lazio 0-1 Sevilla
BATE 1-0 Arsenal
Galatasaray 1-2 Benfica
Viktoria Plzeň 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Club Brugge 2-1 Salzburg
Zürich 1-3 Napoli
Malmö 1-2 Chelsea
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Celtic 0-2 Valencia
Sporting CP 0-1 Villarreal
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