The 24-year-old defender, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, with Manchester United and Manchester City both interested in him, took advantage of a mix-up in the hosts’ penalty area following a corner kick and slotted the ball into the net from close range after a pass from Gerard Moreno.
Just after the break, the Yellow Submarine scored their second goal. Raul Albiol, who was making his 100th appearance in European action, headed the ball into Heorhiy Boushan’s net. The 35-year-old, it turned out, was the one who set the final score.
The LaLiga team won 2-0 at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv, and the Ukrainian team did not have a single shot on target for the entire 90 minutes.
Slavia Prague and Rangers FC drew 1:1 at home in another Europa League quarterfinal. The Czechs scored first, and Nicolae Stanciu scored in the seventh minute to give them a 1-0 lead. Filip Helander scored the equalizer half an hour later, giving the Scottish champions a precious away draw.
The return matches of the Europa League 1/8 finals will be played in a week, on March 18th.
Ajax Amsterdam took advantage of their home advantage and defeated Young Boys Bern 3:0. In the first half, the Dutch champion had many opportunities to take the lead, but only managed to score in the 62nd minute.
Davy Klaassen traded passes in front of the opponent’s penalty area before slamming the ball into the net after falling into the sixteen.
Dusan Tadic scored the second goal in the 82nd minute, and Brian Brobbey scored in the extra time.