Rubin pack off Atletico Madrid; Liverpool exit
Another Russian club, Zenit St Petersburg, knocked out five-times European champions Liverpool on the away goals rule while little-known Czech side Viktoria Plzen surprisingly won their tie against Napoli who are riding high in Serie A.
Atletico slumped to a shock 2-0 home defeat by Rubin in Madrid last week and were ousted 2-1 on aggregate even though Radamel Falcao’s 84th-minute strike earned them a 1-0 win in the return match in Russia.
Rubin will meet another Spanish club, Levante, in the last 16, after the Valencia-based side won 1-0 at Olympiakos Piraeus to knock the Greeks out 4-0 on aggregate.
Champions League dropouts Chelsea, 1-0 up from the first leg, went behind in the 17th minute against Sparta Prague. Substitute Eden Hazard then came to their rescue, cutting in from the left to send a searing left-foot drive into the top corner of the net that secured Chelsea a 2-1 victory on aggregate.
Results: Benfica bt Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 on aggregate. On Thursday: Benfica: 2 bt Bayer Leverkusen: 1.
Chelsea bt Sparta Prague 2-1 on aggregate. On Thursday: Chelsea: 1 drew with Sparta Prague: 1.
Fenerbahce bt BATE Borisov 1-0 on aggregate. On Thursday: Fenerbahce: 1 bt BATE Borisov: 0.
Girondins Bordeaux bt Dynamo Kiev 2-1 on aggregate. On Thursday: Girondins Bordeaux: 1 bt Dynamo Kiev: 0.
Anzhi Makhachkala bt Hanover 96 4-2 on aggregate. On Thursday: Hanover 96: 1 drew with Anzhi Makhachkala: 1.
Zenit St Petersburg bt Liverpool 3-3 on away goals rule. On Thursday: Liverpool: 3 bt Zenit St Petersburg: 1.
Levante bt Olympiakos Piraeus 4-0 on aggregate. On Thursday: Olympiakos Piraeus: 0 lt to Levante: 1.
Steaua Bucharest bt Ajax Amsterdam 4-2 on penalties after 2-2 on aggregate. On Thursday: Steaua Bucharest: 2 bt Ajax Amsterdam: 0.
Viktoria Plzen bt Napoli 5-0 on aggregate. On Thursday: Viktoria Plzen: 2 bt Napoli: 0.
Inter Milan bt CFR Cluj 5-0 on aggregate. On Thursday: CFR Cluj: 0 lt to Inter Milan: 3.
Basel bt Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-1 on aggregate. On Thursday: Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk: 1 drew with Basel: 1.
Lazio bt Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-3 on aggregate. On Thursday: Lazio: 2 bt Borussia Moenchengladbach: 0.
Newcastle United bt Metalist Kharkiv 1-0 on aggregate. On Thursday: Metalist Kharkiv: 0 lt to Newcastle United: 1.
Tottenham Hotspur bt Olympique Lyon 3-2 on aggregate. On Thursday: Olympique Lyon: 1 drew with Tottenham Hotspur: 1.
VfB Stuttgart bt Racing Genk 3-1 on aggregate. On Thursday: Racing Genk: 0 lt to VfB Stuttgart: 2.
Rubin Kazan bt Atletico Madrid 2-1 on aggregate. On Thursday: Rubin Kazan: 0 lt to Atletico Madrid: 1.