Europa League roundup: Arsenal limp through, Roma cruise into quarters

The next phase of the Europa League is beginning to take shape, as four teams secured their places in the quarterfinals after an exciting slate of second-leg fixtures. Here’s how Thursday’s early deciders unfolded:

Arsenal 0-1 Olympiacos – Arsenal win 3-2 on agg.

Olympiacos bounced back from their first-leg defeat to make things interesting against Arsenal. But their bid to pull off another upset over the Gunners fell short, as Arsenal’s first-leg advantage was good enough to see them through to the quarterfinals despite falling 1-0 at home on Thursday.

Dinamo Zagreb vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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Playing extra time.

Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2. Roma – Roma win 5-1 on agg.

AS Roma marched into the quarterfinals with a comfortable 5-1 aggregate win over Shakhtar Donetsk. The Italian club followed its dominant first-leg victory with 2-1 away win to finish off Shakhtar and progress to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1999 – when the tournament was known as the UEFA Cup.

Molde 2-1 Granada – Granada win 3-2 on agg.

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An away goal spoiled Molde’s attempt to pull off the comeback, as Granada beat the Norwegian side 3-2 on aggregate to extend their surprising Europa League campaign. After falling behind in the first half, Granada forward Roberto Soldado leveled the match with a goal that ultimately gave way to a quarterfinal berth for the Spanish club.