Europa League: Chris Smalling’s Roma reach last 16

Roma reached the last 16 of the Europa League, while German sides Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg also booked their places after Thursday’s early action.

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Roma, 1-0 winners against Gent in the first leg, looked in danger when Jonathan David levelled the tie on aggregate after 25 minutes but Justin Kluivert eased the Serie A side’s nerves with a quick equaliser.

Leverkusen blew Porto away with a 3-1 away win to triumph 5-2 on aggregate.

Lucas Alario, Kerem Demirbay and Kai Havertz scored to seal a comfortable second-leg victory, before Moussa Marega grabbed a consolation for the home side.

Another Bundelsliga side, Vfl Wolfsburg, saw off Swedish side Malmo 3-0 away to breeze through 5-1 on aggregate.

FC Basel also sailed through with a 1-0 home win over APOEL Nicosia that secured a 4-0 aggregate victory against the Cypriots.

Elsewhere, Sporting exited after losing 4-1 at Istanbul Basaksehir after extra time to go down 5-4 on aggregate after Edin Visca gave the hosts a lifeline with a late goal in normal time and then scored a penalty to take them through to the last 16.

LASK Linz upset visiting Dutch side AZ Alkmaar 2-0 with a Marko Raguz double which gave the Austrians a 3-1 aggregate success.

British sides book last-16 places

Wolves took a 4-0 advantage to Espanyol and despite a last-gasp 3-2 defeat in Spain, that first-leg damage proved decisive.

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