Atalanta, Rangers, Lyon to Quarter-Final

BAYER Leverkusen smothered Atalanta 0-1 in the second leg of the Europa League last 16. Playing at the Bay Arena Stadium, Germany, Friday (18/3) in the morning, Atalanta’s only goal was scored by Jeremie Boga at the end of the second half.

The only Italian representative in the Europa League also confirmed the step to the quarter-finals. The team nicknamed La Dea was winning 2-4 on aggregate after winning 3-2 in the first meeting.

Another team that also ensured themselves to the quarter-finals was Barcelona who won over Galatasaray 1-2. SC Braga who drew 1-1 with Monaco also qualified for winning 1-3 on aggregate.

Lyon also confirmed a place after a 1-1 draw against Porto in the second leg. The result was enough for Lyon to reach the quarter-finals after winning the first meeting 0-1 at Porto’s headquarters.

Representative Scotland, Rangers also won a ticket to the quarter-finals. Although in the second leg they lost 2-1 to FK Crvena Zvezda, Rangers won 4-2 on aggregate.

This quarter-final ticket was Rangers’ first time since 2008 when they reached the final.

“I’m very proud, it’s a great achievement to qualify for the last eight. We knew it would be difficult,” said Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Two other teams that also qualified for the quarter-finals were West Ham United and Eintracht Frankfurt. Both of them escaped dramatically because they had to play until extra time in each match to determine victory. (AFP/OL-13)

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