Wolves advance despite loss in Spain

UEFA Europa League

Espanyol 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers marched into the UEFA Europa League last 16 despite suffering a 3-2 second-leg defeat at the hands of Espanyol on Thursday evening.

Wolves came into the game with a healthy 4-0 lead from the first-leg , but were behind on 16 minutes through Jonathan Calleri.

Adama Traore hit the equaliser six minutes later before Calleri got a second from the spot early in the second half while Matt Doherty had the visiting side level under the final 12 minutes.

Calleri went on to complete his hat-trick deep in time added, though it wasn’t enough as Wolves progressed on 6-3 aggregate.

FC Porto 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen

FC Porto bundled out of the tournament with a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen at the Stadio Dragao.

Lucas Alario got the Germans up and running early in the first half before Kerem Demirbay and Kai Havertz nette the seocnd and third goals respectively.

Moussa Marega gave his side a lifeline midway in the second half, however an 85th minute dismissal of Tiquinho hampered their chances, as Leverkusen advanced 5-2 on aggregate.

Gent 1-1 AS Roma

Italian giants AS Roma progressed to the second round with a 1-1 draw against  Gent.

John David got the home side in front 25 minutes in the first half before Justin Kluivert brought the match all square within four minute.

The Serie A outfit claimed a 2-1 aggregate win with the second-leg draw/

Malmo FF 0-3 Wolfsburg

Vfl Wolfsburg comfortably put Malmo FF to the sword with a 3-0 second-leg win.

Wolfsburg were 2-1 winners in the reverse clash, and got off the ground late in the first half through Josip Brekalo with Yannick Gerhardt doubling his side’s lead midway in the second half.

Joao Victor put the icing on the cake right at the death after coming on as a second half substitute, as the tie ended 5-1 on aggregate to the Bundesliga outfit.

LASK 2-0 AZ Alkmaar

LASK stunned the Netherlands’ AZ Alkmaar with a 3-1 aggregate win after clinching the second-leg 2-0 at the Linzer Stadion.

Marko Raguz netted the opener from the spot two minutes to halftime and completed his second five minutes after the break, whilst having Philipp Wiesinger dismissed late in the clash.

FC Basel 1-0 Apoel Nicosia

FC Basel comfortably ensured progression to the round of last 16 with a 4-0 aggregate win over Apoel Nicosia after winning the second-leg 1-0.

The game’s only strike came via the penalty spot in the 38th minute through the boot of homegrown lad Fabian Frei.