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Lazio ease through

21 Feb 2013 23:16:57

Lazio ease through

Lazio comfortably progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League as first-half goals from Antonio Candreva and Alvaro Gonzalez downed Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 for a 5-3 aggregate win.

Viktoria Plzen beat Serie A title hopefuls Napoli for the second time in a week to book their place in the last 16 for the first time.

Plzen cantered to a 3-0 win in Naples last week and they completed a professional performance over two legs with a 2-0 victory tonight thanks to strikes by Jan Kovarik and Stanislav Tecl.

Next up for Plzen is Fenerbahce, for whom Cristian Baroni's first-half penalty was enough see off 10-man BATE Borisov 1-0. With the scores goalless after the first leg, BATE's hopes were hit by the dismissal of Dmitri Baga, while Cristian's spot-kick was enough to see Fener scrape through.

Benfica saw off Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 on aggregate in their encounter in Portugal.

Benfica held a 1-0 lead from the first leg in Germany thanks to Oscar Cardozo's goal, and their lead was doubled when Ola John found the net after an hour. Andre Schurrle equalised for Leverkusen on the night with 15 minutes to go, but Benfica restored their two-goal cushion two minutes later through Nemanja Matic.

Benfica next play Bordeaux who progressed after a 2-1 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev. A solitary goal by Cheick Diabate shortly before half-time was enough to guide Bordeaux through after the first leg in Ukraine ended 1-1.

Anzhi Makhachkala set up a last 16 tie with Newcastle despite a 1-0 loss at Hannover. Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Hannover threw everything they had at the Russians but only had Sergio Pinto's 70th-minute goal to show for it as Anzhi squeaked through.

Levante are through to a tie with Rubin Kazan after a 1-0 win at Olympiacos. The Spanish side held a 3-0 lead after the first leg and duly wrapped up a 4-0 aggregate win thanks to Obafemi Martins' early strike.

Steaua Bucharest sent Ajax crashing out after prevailing in a penalty shootout to set up a last-16 clash with Chelsea.


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