The Europa League quarterfinals are set, following the second leg of all eight round-of-16 ties on Thursday. It’s time to say your final goodbyes to the Premier League in European cup competitions for this season. Until next time, England.
Dynamo Kiev 5-2 (6-4 aggregate) Everton
Poor Tim Howard. The American goalkeeper was under a constant barrage of pressure all game long — think: vs. Belgium, World Cup 2014 — and the one time Dynamo Kiev weren’t carving up the Everton defense and waltzing into the penalty area for a close-range shot, they were unleashing seeing-eye lasers like this.
With Everton’s elimination, zero English clubs have qualified for the quarterfinal round of any European cup competition for the first time in 20 years.
Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring for Dynamo after 21 minutes, putting the Ukrainian side in pole position, thanks to their single away goal in the first leg (2-1, Everton). Romelu Lukaku answered for the Toffees eight minutes later, giving Roberto Martinez’s side hope of going through, if they could just keep Dynamo off the board for 61 more minutes.
They could not, as a pair of goals two minutes apart in the 35th and 37th minutes put Dynamo well ahead, followed by another in the 56th and, just to be safe, the above linked screamer from Vitorino Antunes in the 76th. Phil Jagielka headed home from a corner kick with eight minutes left to play, giving Everton a semblance of hope, but their subsequent chances were tame and easily handled by the ‘keeper.
Roma 0-3 (1-4 aggregate) Fiorentina
Taking into account Fiorentina’s complete domination of Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 32, and now their total annihilation of Roma, away from home, it’s difficult to look past the Viola as favorites to lift the Europa League trophy in Warsaw, Poland, on May 27.
Mohamed Salah was the star against Tottenham, and when he was held in check against Roma, a whole host of Fiorentina players stepped up and carried the side. Goals scored by Gonzalo Rodriguez (9th minute), Marcos Alonso (18th) and Jose Basanta (21st) put the second leg to bed early early at the Stadio Olimpic on Thursday, securing passage into the quarterfinals for Vincenzo Montella’s side.
The quarterfinal draw will be held on Friday, where the remaining eight teams are to learn their next opponent, to be played April 16 and 23.
Elsewhere in Europa League (italicized team advances)
Dinamo Moscow 0-0 (1-3 aggregate) Napoli
Ajax 2-1 AET (2-2 aggregate, 0-1 away goals) Dnipro
Torino 1-0 (1-2 aggregate) Zenit St. Petersburg
Inter Milan 1-2 (2-5 aggregate) Wolfsburg
Sevilla 2-1 (5-2 aggregate) Valencia
Besiktas 1-3 (2-5 aggregate) Club Brugge