Europa League Round Up: Arsenal, Chelsea,Napoli, Inter Through To The Round Of 16

Arsenal have booked their place in the round of 16 of the Europa League after putting 3 goals past Bate Borisov at the Emirates Stadium.

After the Gunners surprise 1-0 in Belarus, Arsenal were level on aggregate after just three minutes when Zakhar Volkov sliced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s low cross past Denis Scherbitski in his own goal.

Arsenal went ahead in the tie for the first time five minutes before the break, when Shkodran Mustafi headed home Granit Xhaka’s corner at the far post.Arsenal’s passage to the round of 16 was assured when substitute Sokratis nodded in to an empty net when Denis Scherbitski missed his punch from another Xhaka corner.

Elsewhere London neighbors,Chelsea cruised into the Europa League last 16 with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Malmo at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, who led 2-1 from the first leg, started slowly but improved markedly after the break.

Chelsea got their lead when N’Golo Kante pounced on a loose ball from a Malmo midfielder, leading the the counter attack before playing the ball out wide to Willian who got a good cross into the box to feed Giroud to tuck it home from within the six yard box.Rasmus Bengtsson received red in the 73rd minute for his second bookable offence as he brought down his man – Barkey stepped up and curled the resulting free kick into the corner of the goal.

And there would be a goal for Hudson-Odoi too – he took control of Willian’s brilliant cross-field pass before smashing the ball across the Malmo keeper and into the bottom corner.

Napoli had no problem beating FC Zurich 2-0 at home to advance 5-1 on aggregate.The Partenopei had won 3-1 in Switzerland, so there was the risk of complacency in this second leg at a mostly-empty Stadio San Paolo And those lingering thoughts were put at ease after Forwards Simone Verdi and Adam Ounas scored in each half at the Stadio San Paolo.  

Meanwhile, Inter advanced after eliminating Austrian club Rapid Vienna 5-0 on aggregate after winning the second leg 4-0 in Rome. 

Eintracht Frankfurt beat Shakhtar Donetsk 4-1 to earn a 6-3 overall victory.

Following a 2-2 draw in Ukraine, Eintracht thumped Shakhtar in an action-packed encounter with Sebastian Haller and Luka Jovic putting the German side in the driving seat before Junior Moraes pulled one back for the visitors.

Salzburg were the other big winners as their 4-0 home rout of Club Bruges gave the Austrian side a 5-2 aggregate win, while two goals from Iran forward Sardar Azmoun handed Zenit St Petersburg a 3-2 overall success against Fenerbahce.

Here are the round of 32 results .

Arsenal 3 vs 1 Bate Borisov

Dinamo Zagreb 3 vs 0 Viktoria Plzen

Frankfurt 4 vs 1 Shakhtar Donetsk

RB Salzburg 4 vs 0 Club Brugge

Napoli 2 vs 0 FC Zurich

Valencia 1 vs 0 Celtic

Zenith ST Petersburg 3 vs 1 Fenerbahce

Bayer Leverkusen 1 vs 1 Krasnador

(Krasnador win on sway goals)

Benfica 0 vs 0 Galatasaray

Chelsea 3 vs 0 Malmo

Sevilla 2 vs 0 Lazio

Real Betis 1 vs 3 Rennes

Genk 1 vs 4 Slavia Prague

Dynamo Kiev 1 vs 0 Olympiakos

Inter Milan 4 vs 0 Rapid Vienna

The draw for the last 16 is scheduled for Friday