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Europa League roundup: Tottenham, Liverpool out; Everton, La Liga sides advance

Romelu Lukaku, Everton FC

Romelu Lukaku, Everton FC

Clive Brunskill

A roundup of Thursday’s Europa League round of 32 second-leg action:

Everton 3-1 BSC Young Boys

Roberto Martinez’s side picked up right where they left off in the first leg (4-1 victory) and put the tie to bed before halftime on Thursday, thanks to a pair of goals by up-and-down striker Romelu Lukaku and another from Kevin Mirallas.

Lukaku brought the game back to 1-1 when he converted a penalty kick in the 25th minute, and put the Toffees ahead on the day and clear of any trouble with his second five minutes later. Mirallas beat the goalkeeper one-on-one three minutes before halftime to put Everton ahead and through, 7-2 on aggregate.
Feyenoord 1-2 Roma

Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Roma couldn’t advance without grabbing at least an away goal of their own, which they did through Adem Ljajic in the first minute of first-half stoppage time. Once Mitchell te Vrede was shown red for Roma’s Dutch opponents in the 54th minute, Rudi Garcia’s side was prepared to see out the game from there, but it wouldn’t be as simple as that.

The game had to be suspended twice, once after the referee was nearly hit with objects thrown onto the field by fans. The first delay came shortly before halftime when a fan threw and inflatable banana onto the field in the direction of Roma’s Ivorian attacker Gervinho. Thursday’s incident comes just a week after traveling Feyenoord fans destroyed a 400-year-old fountain in Rome ahead of the first leg.

Shortly after the game was restarted, for the second time, Elvis Manu equalized for Feyenoord two minutes after entering the game. Three minutes later, Gervinho scored to put Roma back ahead on the day and in the tie, ran to the traveling Roma fans and threw up heart-shaped hands to the supporters.

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-3 Sevilla

Four goals — two from each side — inside the first half-hour was certainly a thrilling start after the first leg ended 1-0 to Sevilla. Carlos Bacca put the La Liga side ahead after eight minutes, Granit Xhaka equalized in the 19th, Vitolo put Sevilla back ahead in the 26th and Thorgan Hazard equalized once again in the 29th.

With the tie still hanging in the balance — Gladbach needing two more goals to undo Sevilla’s away-goals advantage — Vitolo netter his second of the game to put Sevilla comfortably through into the round of 16.

Elsewhere in Europa League (italicized teams advance to round of 16)

Dinamo Moscow 3-1 (3-1 aggregate) Anderlecht
Zenit St. Petersburg 3-0 (4-0 aggregate) PSV Eindhoven
Fiorentina 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) Tottenham Hotspur — FULL RECAP
Inter Milan 1-0 (4-3 aggregate) Celtic
Dynamo Kyiv 3-1 (4-3 aggregate) Guingamp
Red Bull Salzburg 1-3 (2-5 aggregate) Villarreal
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-3 (2-4 aggregate) Sevilla
Besiktas 1-0 (1-1 aggregate, 5-4 on PKs) Liverpool — FULL RECAP
Legia Warsaw 0-3 (0-4 aggregate) Ajax
Everton 3-1 (7-2 aggregate) BSC Young Boys
Athletic Bilbao 2-3 (4-5 aggregate) Torino
Sporting CP 0-0 (0-2 aggregate) Wolfsburg
Club Brugge 3-0 (6-1 aggregate) Aalborg
Olympiacos 2-2 (2-4 aggregate) Dnipro
Napoli 1-0 (4-0 aggregate) Trabzonspor
Feyenoord 1-2 (2-3 aggregate) Roma

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