Europa League review – Thursday 16 February
There were fourteen Europa League matches played on Thursday night, with Manchester United and Manchester City both winning difficult away games.
February 16th, 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson named a strong team for the trip to the Amsterdam Arena and the Red Devils managed to beat Ajax 2-0 thanks to goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez.
Meanwhile, Manchester City welcomed back Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure for their match away to FC Porto and Roberto Mancini’s side recovered from a goal down to win 2-1.
Silvestre Varela put the Portuguese champions into the lead in the 28th minute and it was a lead they held until the 55th minute when a Pereira own goal brought matters level.
City then threatened to lose their discipline with a series of yellow cards before Sergio Aguero snatched a late winner to put the tournament favourites on the verge of the last sixteen.
Stoke City have a mountain to climb after losing 1-0 at home to Valencia, with the Potters being sunk by a Topal goal in the 36th minute and the Spanish side were able to comfortably see the game out.
Other victorious teams on Thursday night included Atletico Madrid, Hannover and PSV Eindhoven. However, the most impressive result of the evening was Metalist Kharkiv’s 4-0 win away to Red Bull Salzburg.
Europa League scores
Lok Moscow 2 – 1 Athletic Bilbao
Ajax Amsterdam 0 – 2 Manchester U.
AZ Alkmaar 1 – 0 Anderlecht
Lazio 1 – 3 Atletico Madrid
Legia Warsaw 2 – 2 Sporting Lisbon
RB Salzburg 0 – 4 Metalist Kharkiv
Viktoria Plzen 1 – 1 Schalke
FC Porto 1 – 2 Manchester C.
Hannover 2 – 1 Club Brugge
St Bucuresti 0 – 1 FC Twente Enschede
Stoke C. 0 – 1 Valencia
Trabzonspor 1 – 2 PSV Eindhoven
Udinese 0 – 0 PAOK Saloniki
Wisla Krakow 1 – 1 Standard Liege