Europa League round-up: Dynamo Kiev lose to Valencia in Cyprus

Dynamo Kiev v Valencia

Dynamo Kiev were beaten by Spanish side Valencia in a Europa League last-32 tie moved to Cyprus after continuing violence in the Ukrainian capital.

In front of an almost empty stadium in Nicosia, Valencia claimed a 2-0 first-leg win with two second-half goals.

Elsewhere, Dani Osvaldo and Paul Pogba helped Italian champions Juventus earn a 2-0 win against Trabzonspor in Turin.

Last season's runners-upBenfica edged 1-0 ahead of PAOK Salonika, while Dutch champions Ajax lost 3-0 to FC Salzburg.

Porto and German side Eintracht Frankfurt, backed by around 7,000 travelling fans, shared an entertaining 2-2 draw in Portugal. The winners will face either Swansea or Napoli in the last 16.

Benfica, who lost to Premier League side Chelsea in last season's final, clinched a narrow 1-0 win at Greek side PAOK thanks to Brazilian forward Lima's second-half goal.

The Portuguese leaders could face English opposition in the last 16, with Tottenham or FC Dnipro awaiting the winners.

It has been a difficult week for Ukrainian champions Dynamo following violent clashes in Kiev, where tens of people have died since Tuesday in clashes just metres from their Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium.

Juventus v Trabzonspor
Southampton outcast Dani Osvaldo netted his first Juventus goal since moving to the Italian champions on loan until the end of the season

Governing body Uefa moved their home game against Valencia to the Mediterranean island because of security concerns.

Chile forward Eduardo Vargas, who signed on loan for La Liga side Valencia from Napoli last month, headed in the opener after 79 minutes. The win was sealed by an injury-time own goal from Dynamo defender Domagoj Vida.

With the Europa League final to be held in Turin on 14 May, Juventus are aiming to become the third team to contest the tournament showpiece at their home stadium.

But it was a far from convincing display by the Serie A leaders, who were eliminated from the Champions League group stage in December, against the Turkish visitors.

The visitors threatened to level Southampton loanee Osvaldo's first-half strike after the break, but were punished for their profligacy by ex-Manchester United midfielder Pogba's long-range effort in injury-time.

If Juve progress, they could face Serie A rivals Fiorentina in the last 16. The Viola earned a 3-1 win at Danish minnows Esbjerg to move a step closer to set up a repeat of the 1990 Uefa Cup final against Juve.

FC Salzburg cruised through the group stage with a 100% record and the Austrians continued their fine form in Europe by brushing aside Ajax in Amsterdam.

Salzburg skipper Jonatan Soriano scored a brace, including a phenomenal 50-yard lob from close to the halfway line.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 20th February 2014

  • DnipropetrovskDnipropetrovsk1TottenhamTottenham Hotspur0
  • SwanseaSwansea City0NapoliNapoli0
  • Anzhi MakhachkalaAnzhi Makhachkala0KRC GenkKRC Genk0
  • FC Chornomorets OdesaFC Chornomorets Odesa0LyonLyon0
  • Dynamo KievDynamo Kiev0ValenciaValencia2
  • Esbjerg fBEsbjerg fB1FiorentinaFiorentina3
  • JuventusJuventus2TrabzonsporTrabzonspor0
  • PAOK SalonikaPAOK Salonika0BenficaBenfica1
  • Slovan LiberecSlovan Liberec0AZ AlkmaarAZ Alkmaar1
  • AjaxAjax0RB SalzburgFC Red Bull Salzburg3
  • FC PortoFC Porto2FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt2
  • LazioLazio0LudogoretsLudogorets Razgrad1

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