Europa League Roundup, Feb. 18

BY foxsports • February 18, 2010

Amauri scored twice as Juventus beat Ajax 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie, while Valencia lost 1-0 to Club Brugge.

Miralem Sulejmani put hosts Ajax ahead in the 16th minute, but Brazilian striker Amauri brought the Bianconeri level after half an hour.

His second just short of the hour mark ensured the Serie A side take a one-goal lead into the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next week, although they will not be able to count on Hasan Salihamidzic after he was shown the red card in stoppage time.

Club Brugge pulled off an impressive 1-0 victory over Spanish giants Valencia in the first leg of their last-32 clash in Belgium.

The visitors found themselves a man down six minutes into the second half when midfielder David Silva picked up his second yellow card.

And Brugge took full advantage, with Rostand Kouemaha netting the only goal of the game in the 56th minute.

FC Twente will also take a slender 1-0 advantage into the second leg of their tie against Werder Bremen, thanks to an outstanding strike from Theo Janssen late in the first half.

Standard Liege came from two goals down to keep their Europa League hopes alive with a thrilling 3-2 win over Salzburg.

Marc Janko grabbed Salzburg's goals in the first half, but the home side roared back as Axel Witsel's penalty and Igor De Camargo's long-range effort levelled the scores, before Witsel headed the winner eight minutes from time.

Russia striker Aleksandr Bukharov scored twice as Rubin Kazan moved to within touching distance of a place in the last 16 with a 3-0 rout of Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Bukharov scored after 14 and 24 minutes, and Sergei Semak wrapped up a convincing win by grabbing the third goal midway through the second half.

A late Marco Ruben goal snatched a 2-2 draw for 10-man Villarreal against Wolfsburg in a dramatic finale.

Villarreal's European dreams seemed to be diminishing when Grafite scored from the spot with just six minutes to go, following Ivan Marcano's dismissal.

But substitute Ruben levelled seconds later to ensure the tie remains very much alive.

Grafite had earlier netted a second-half equaliser for Wolfsburg after Marcos Senna had fired the hosts in front three minutes before the break.

Lille continued their superb run of form to claim a 2-1 victory against Fenerbahce.

The French side have been in inspired form since December, climbing from 14th place to third in Ligue 1.

And they came out on top tonight thanks to Pierre-Alain Frau's strike in the 52nd minute after Florent Balmont and Gokcek Wederson had exchanged early goals.

Djibril Cisse scored one minute from time to hand Panathinaikos a stunning 3-2 win against Roma in a dramatic finale to tonight's first leg of their last-32 clash.

Trailing 2-1 with six minutes remaining, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos came off the bench to score the equaliser before Cisse's header from Dimitrios Salpigidis' cross gave the Greek side an unexpected triumph.

Mirko Vucinic gave Roma the lead just before the half-hour mark but Salpigidis put the hosts back on level terms in the 66th minute.

David Pizarro put the Italians back in front from the penalty spot with nine minutes to go after Giorgos Karagounis had brought down substitute Alessio Cerci inside the area.

Angel Di Maria's early strike gave Benfica a vital away goal in a 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin.

Di Maria coolly slotted home for Jorge Jesus' side but an own goal by Javi Garcia levelled matters with neither side able to find a winner on the night.

Athletic Bilbao also claimed a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht.

Although Athletic enjoyed the lion's share of the ball in the match, they fell behind to Lucas Biglia's 35th-minute strike.

Mikel San Jose eventually levelled the match just before the hour mark, but the hosts were guilty of squandering a series of chances.

Kader Keita struck a late equaliser to earn Galatasaray a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid, who had taken a 22nd-minute lead through Jose Antonio Reyes' brilliant free-kick.

Marcell Jansen's first-half penalty was enough to earn Hamburg a 1-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the opening leg of their clash.

And a late Marseille flourish handed the French giants a 3-1 advantage over FC Copenhagen.

Goals from substitutes Hatem Ben Arfa and Charles Kabore in the last six minutes leave the Danish outfit with everything to do in the return fixture.

Mamadou Niang had broken the deadlock in the 72nd minute before Jesper Gronkjaer levelled for the hosts from the spot eight minutes later.


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