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Sun Aug 28 20:53:30 SAST 2016

Liverpool through to quarter-finals with nervy win, perfect 10 for Valencia

REUTERS | 26 February, 2016 09:09
James Milner celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool .
Image by: Carl Recine / REUTERS

Five times European champions Liverpool were made to sweat before reaching the Europa League last 16, with an early penalty securing a 1-0 second-leg victory over Augsburg at Anfield on Thursday.

Having played out a goalless draw in the first leg, Juergen Klopp's side spurned several chances after James Milner's early spot kick and survived a nervy finale to book a place in the next round.

There was no such tension for Gary Neville's Valencia whose recent upturn in form continued with a 4-0 win at Rapid Vienna to complete a 10-0 aggregate success, while Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, Lazio and Bayer Leverkusen also progressed.

Shakhtar completed a superb 3-0 win at Schalke 04 to progress from the round of 32, while Bilbao's Sabin Merino scored an 81st-minute equaliser as they drew 1-1 at home to Olympique de Marseille and went through 2-1 on aggregate.

Lazio beat Galatasaray 3-1 in Italy with all four goals coming in 14 second-half minutes as Marco Parolo, Felipe Anderson and Miroslav Klose netted for the Serie A side, who went through 4-2 over the two legs.

Bayer Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi again proved decisive in their tie with Sporting Lisbon as the Germany international, who scored the winner in the first leg, netted two more in a 3-1 win that secured a 4-1 aggregate success.

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