Later in the evening, Jose Mourinho’s Roma did a very professional job on Real Sociedad, who had topped our group, by playing out a goalless draw in Spain to retain a 2-0 advantage from the first leg. Former Red Chris Smalling had a goal disallowed by VAR.
Bayer Leverkusen recorded a second 2-0 victory against Ferencvaros, earning a 4-0 aggregate scoreline, with Moussa Diaby and Amine Adli netting for the Bundesliga side.
Belgian side Union St-Gilloise pulled off a fabulous 3-0 win over German Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin, after a 3-3 draw in the first leg. Teddy Teuma and Jean Thierry Lazare Amani put the Belgian hosts in a commanding position and Berlin’s Janik Haberer was red carded before Loic Lapoussin added a late third.
There was real drama at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal’s tie with Sporting went to penalties. Granit Xhaka fired the Gunners ahead, only for Pedro Goncalves to deservedly haul the visitors level, with a long-range wonder strike. After it finished 1-1 on the night, 3-3 on aggregate, Sporting won 5-3 on spot-kicks, with Gabriel Martinelli missing for the Londoners.
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