LONDON – Real Betis could not win at home in Seville and was eliminated from the Europa League, after losing 3-1 to Rennes on Thursday, on a day when both Inter and Chelsea did not miss and comfortably sealed their places in the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League.
Bayer Leverkusen, one of the fittest teams in the Bundesliga, will not move on either after Russia’s Krasnodar, following a 0-0 draw in the first leg, qualified on Thursday by drawing 1-1 at the Bay Arena.
The elimination of Betis came as surprise when, after a 3-3 draw in the first leg, it seemed to have everything in its favor, as homeside, to reach the round of 16.
But Quique Setien’s men, who had already suffered unspeakably during its visit to Rennes, was clearly overtaken by the French side, who was 2-0 ahead at the half-hour mark thanks to goals from Algeria’s Ramy Bensebaini and Adrien Hunou.
Betis dominated the second half, however, but was unable to equalize, condemning itself to an unexpected elimination, which was signed by Senegal’s M’Baye Niang in injury time for the final 3-1.
Inter Milan will be in the round of 16 after beating Rapid Wien 4-0 in Vienna on Thursday, in a game that Luciano Spalletti’s men decided after just 18 minutes.
That’s the time it took the Italians to score their first two goals, the first from Uruguay’ Matias Vecino, who opened the score after 11 minutes, and then defender Andrea Ranocchia, who seven minutes later set up the 2-0 with a shot from outside the area.
Croatia’s Ivan Perisic, scored the 3-0 in the 80th minute after subtly resolving a counterattack, and midfielder Matteo Politano was responsible for the final result with a goal with six minutes remaining, completing the win for Inter.
Chelsea also managed to make it through to the next round with a 3-0 win over Sweden’s Malmoe, who they defeated 2-1 in the first leg, with second-half goals from France’s Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Benfica, for their part, claimed their 2-1 lead from the first leg to advance, after Thursday’s 0-0 draw at home against Turkish outfit Galatasaray was a game in which neither side had a clear chance.
As for Dynamo Kiev, they made sure of their place in tomorrow’s draw for the round of 16 after a 1-0 win over Greece’s Olympiacos on Thursday with a goal from Spain’s Fran Sol.
The Spaniard, who arrived at the Ukrainian team last winter from Dutch team Willem II, made his debut as a goalscorer for Dynamo Kiev after riveting a cross from Vitaliy Mykolenko’s left wing after 32 minutes.
Slavia Prague will also be among the sixteen best teams in the European League after beating Genk 4-1 in a clash in which striker Milan Skoda, scorer of two of the Czech team’s four goals, stood out.