Europa League - Round of 16 - 2nd Leg
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Athletic Bilbao win on away goals

Valencia 2-1 Athletic Bilbao (agg 2-2)

Gary Neville
Neville watched the final 15 minutes of the match from the stands

Under-fire Valencia coach Gary Neville was sent to the stands as his team were knocked out of the Europa League on away goals by Athletic Bilbao.

The hosts levelled the aggregate score at 1-1 through Santi Mina and went ahead through a superb Santos header.

But Aritz Aduriz scored a crucial late goal following a Raul Garcia flick.

An incensed Neville was punished for protesting against an apparent handball in the build-up to the goal and replays suggest his claims were legitimate.

The ball did appear to make contact with Oscar de Marcos' arm before it fell to Garcia, whose brilliant touch found Aduriz to score his 31st goal of the season.

The former Manchester United defender, 41, was already under intense scrutiny after a run of three straight defeats which included a 1-0 league loss to bottom-of-the-table Levante on Sunday.

But Valencia were the better side against a team who are six places above them in the league and were on a five-game winning streak in all competitions prior to the match.

Paco Alcacer had a chance to rescue his team in the dying minute only for Iago Herrerin to save from point-blank range, while a Parejo free-kick in added time was a fraction wide.

Defending champions Sevilla progress

Sevilla, winners for the past two years, became the first team to reach the Europa League last eight in three consecutive seasons.

The Spaniards extended their unbeaten home run to 17 in all competitions with a 3-0 defeat of a Basel team who had earned a 0-0 draw in the first leg.

Elsewhere, Villarreal - enjoying a 2-0 first-leg lead - reached the last eight after holding Bayer Leverkusen to a goalless draw in Germany.

Sparta Prague beat Lazio 3-0 in Rome with goals from Borek Dockal, Ladislav Krejci and Lukas Julis boosting the aggregate score to 4-1.

Sporting Braga (agg 4-2) and Shakhtar Donetsk (agg 4-1) also progressed, knocking out Fenerbache and Anderlecht respectively.

Line-ups

Valencia

  • 25Ryan
  • 3Nunes VezoBooked at 83mins
  • 5Mustafi
  • 4Santos
  • 14Gayá Peña
  • 12Barbosa da Silva
  • 18Fuego MartínezBooked at 42minsSubstituted forParejoat 68'minutes
  • 21André GomesBooked at 74minsSubstituted forAlcácerat 83'minutes
  • 17RodrigoSubstituted forFeghouliat 75'minutes
  • 7Negredo
  • 22Mina LorenzoBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 8Feghouli
  • 9Alcácer
  • 10Parejo
  • 11Piatti
  • 23Abdennour
  • 24Domenech Sánchez
  • 44Soler Barragán

Ath Bilbao

  • 13Herrerín Buisán
  • 10De Marcos Arana
  • 16Etxeita Gorritxategi
  • 4LaporteBooked at 77mins
  • 24Balenziaga OruesagastiSubstituted forLekue Martínezat 75'minutes
  • 6San José
  • 7Etxebarria Urkiaga
  • 27Merino ZuloagaSubstituted forIturraspe Derteanoat 75'minutes
  • 22Garcia EscuderoBooked at 45mins
  • 19Muniain GoñiSubstituted forSusaetaat 25'minutes
  • 20Aduriz

Substitutes

  • 1Iraizoz Moreno
  • 2Bóveda Altube
  • 5Eraso Goñi
  • 8Iturraspe Derteano
  • 14Susaeta
  • 17Rico Moreno
  • 30Lekue Martínez
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
31,681

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamAth Bilbao
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Valencia 2, Athletic Club 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Valencia 2, Athletic Club 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Parejo (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Foul by San José (Athletic Club).

  5. Post update

    Santi Mina (Valencia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Íñigo Lekue (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aduriz following a fast break.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Valencia. Daniel Parejo tries a through ball, but Shkodran Mustafi is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club).

  9. Post update

    Álvaro Negredo (Valencia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Valencia. Álvaro Negredo tries a through ball, but Paco Alcácer is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Valencia).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paco Alcácer (Valencia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo with a headed pass.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia. Paco Alcácer replaces André Gomes.

  15. Booking

    Rúben Vezo (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Markel Susaeta (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Rúben Vezo (Valencia).

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Aduriz (Athletic Club) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Aduriz (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 17th March 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde6321107311
2Fenerbahçe62317619
3Ajax61416607
4Celtic6033812-43

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool624064210
2FC Sion62315509
3Rubin Kazan61326606
4Bordeaux604257-24

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FK Krasnodar641194513
2B Dortmund6312105510
3PAOK Salonika61413307
4FK Qabala6024212-102

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli66002231918
2FC Midtjylland6213612-67
3Club Bruges6123411-75
4Legia Warsaw6114410-64

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna6501106415
2Villarreal6411126613
3Viktoria Plzen6114810-24
4Dinamo Minsk6105311-83

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga641174313
2Marseille6402127512
3Slovan Liberec621368-27
4FC Groningen602428-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6420136714
2Saint-Étienne623110739
3Dnipropetrovsk621368-27
4Rosenborg6024412-82

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow6321127511
2Sporting63121411310
3Besiktas62317619
4Skenderbeu6105413-93

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel6411105513
2Fiorentina6312116510
3Lech Poznan612326-45
4Belenenses612328-65

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham6411126613
2Anderlecht631286210
3Monaco613259-46
4FK Qarabag611448-44

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke64201531214
2Sparta Prague6330105512
3Asteras Tripolis6114412-84
4Apoel Nicosia6105312-93

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao6411168813
2Augsburg6303121119
3Partizan Belgrade63031014-49
4AZ Alkmaar6114813-54
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