Metalist Kharkiv vs. Newcastle United
After a very tight match in the first leg, this match looked like it would go to extra time and penalties! Both teams seemed to be of equal strength going into this game, and it wasn’t too clear who would emerge victorious. The answer to that question came on the 64th minute from a very essential Shola Ameobi. Even so, it seemed that only a granted decision (the penalty decision from which came Shola’s goal) would ensure these two teams were separated. Newcastle then held on after that goal and ended up wining the game. The home side, however, had more attempts on goal and better chances during this game. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t their night.
A total of 5 yellow cards were issued on the night between the two teams but no players were sent off during this match.
Myron Markevich and Alan Pardew lined up the following squads:
Metalist Starting XI:
Goryainov, Villagra, Torsiglieri, Fininho, Gueye, Cleiton Xavier, Sosa (c), Edmar., Cristaldo, Marlos, Torres
Subs: Disljenkovic, Berezovchuk, Shelayev, Krasnopyorov, Jaja, Willian, and Blanco
Newcastle Starting XI:
Krul, Coloccini (c), Simpson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Anita, Sissoko, Marveaux, Cisse, Cabaye, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Elliot, Taylor, Gosling, Obertan, Bigirimana, Gutierrez, and Perch
Final Score: Metalist Kharkiv 0-1 Newcastle United* (Agg: 0-1)
Shola Ameobi 64′ (pen)
Round of 16:
Having knocked out Metalist, Newcastle United will face Anzhi Makhachkala in the round of 16. They will play the first leg of this game away and the second leg at home.
SL Benfica vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen
After a thrilling first leg match, these two teams set out impressively to get past each other once again. Benfica had a slight advantage going into this game, as they had won the first leg, but knowing that an away goal from Leverkusen would end things, they tried to score as many goals as they could , or at least try and defend what they already had. They settled for the first option, of course, as they didn’t let themselves get too threatened. They were the first to score and managed to even get a second one to seal things off. Leverkusen didn’t do a bad job either, as they controlled a big part of the game and tried to capitalize where they could. The away side had more attempts and better chances, but Benfica were just too strong and managed to seal a spot in the round of 16. 5 yellow cards were issued between the two teams; the home side picking up one more than their visitors. No players were sent off during this game.
Jorge Jesus and Sascha Lewandowski lined up the following squads:
Benfica Starting XI:
Artur, Luisao (c), Garay, Andre Almeida, John, Gaitan, Matic, Perez, Melgarejo, Oscar Cardozo, Carlos Martins
Subs: Paulo Lopes, Maxi Pereira, Aimar, Andre Gomes, Salvio, Lima, and Jardel
Leverkusen Starting XI:
Leno, Wollscheid, Boenisch, Carvajal, Omer Toprak, Bender, Rolfes (c), Schurrle, Castro, Kiessling, Reinartz
Subs: Rensing, Schwabb, Friedrich, Kadlec, Fernandes, Milik, and Hegeler
Final Score: SL Benfica* 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Agg: 3-1)
John 60′, Matic 77′; Schurrle 75′
Round of 16:
Having eliminated Leverkusen, Benfica will face Bordeaux in the round of 16. They will play the first leg of this game at home and the second leg away.
Written by Ange Marline