Napoli crash out of Europa League as Arsenal and Dortmund escape

Napoli crash out of Europa League as Arsenal and Dortmund escape
From ESPN - February 22, 2018

Napoli crashed out of the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday, while Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund overcame scares and Atletico Madrid and AC Milan easily advanced.

Serie A leadersNapoli were knocked out on away goals despite a 2-0 win away to RB Leipzig on Thursday.

The German side advanced by the slimmest of margins after surprising Napoli 3-1 in the first leg in Italy last week.

Despite their domestic league concerns, Napoli started a strong lineup withMarek Hamsik,Dries Mertens andLorenzo Insigne.

Piotr Zielinski tapped in a rebound in the first half, andInsigne struck in the 86th minute to provide some hope, but a third goal would not come despite Napoli putting eight shots on target.

Borussia Dortmund appeared to be following into the exit untilMarcel Schmelzer scored in the 83rd minute to secure a 1-1 draw at Atlanta.

Rafael Toloi scored in the 11th minute to put the hosts ahead on away goals after a 3-2 Dortmund win in the first leg, butSchmelzer popped up to score after Atalanta keeper Etrit Berisha fumbled Marco Reus' scuffed shot into his path.

Arsenal held on to advance 4-2 on aggregate despite losing 2-1 at home to Swedish side Ostersunds.

Arsene Wenger started Rob Holding and Jack Wilshere after the comfortable 3-0 victory in Sweden last week, but wwo Osterunds goals in two minutes put the Gunners on edge early.

Racing back to cover an open goal, Calum Chambers redirected Hosam Aiesh's shot from an angle straight into the Arsenal net, and Osterunds stunningly went 2-0 up on the day just seconds later, when Ken Sema settled a long pass in the box, shook himself free of a defender and lashed his left-footed shot into the far corner.

However, Arsenal hit back immediately after half-time to secure the tie, Sead Kolasinac lashing home from close range after a failed clearance of a Hector Bellerin chipped cross into the box.

Kevin Gameiro scored Atletico Madrid's only goal as a 1-0 win over Copenhagen was enough to advance on the back of a big victory last week.

The result appeared out of reach for the visitors after Atletico won 4-1 in Denmark, andGameiro blasted home a shot from distance in the seventh minute to end any doubt.

Fabio Borini completed AC Milan's triumph over Ludogorets Razgrad, with a 1-0 home victory capping off a 4-0 aggregate win.

Borini scored following a counter-attack in the 21st minute, turning in aPatrick Cutrone cross at the far post.

Ciro Immobile had a hat trick to help Lazio overcome a surprise first-leg defeat to Steaua Bucharest with a comfortable home 5-1 win.

With his team trailing 1-0 after their trip to Romania, Immobile scored either side of aBastos goal in the first half, and after Felipe Anderson made it 4-0 early in the second half, the striker completed his treble in the 71st minute.


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