Napoli comfortably book spot in last 16 of Europa League as Inter Milan and Valencia join them

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Napoli see off Zurich to book spot in last 16 of Europa League while Inter Milan, Frankfurt and Valencia progress

  • Napoli and Inter Milan booked their spots in the next round of Europa League
  • Frankfurt, Villarreal, Zenit, Benfica and Salzburg also advance to the next stage 
  • The draw for the Europa League last 16 is scheduled to be completed on Friday 

Press Association Sport Staff

Napoli and Inter Milan encounter no issues as they both booked their places in the last 16 of the Europa League

Salzburg, Eintracht Frankfurt, Villarreal, Dinamo Zagreb, Zenit, Benfica, Kiev, Rennes, Krasnodar and Slavia Prague also all made it through on an action-packed Thursday night across Europe. 

After a 3-1 away win in Switzerland last week, Napoli easily advanced 5-1 on aggregate. 

Adam Ounas celebrates scoring Napoli's second as they ease past Zurich on Thursday

Adam Ounas celebrates scoring Napoli's second as they ease past Zurich on Thursday

Adam Ounas celebrates scoring Napoli’s second as they ease past Zurich on Thursday

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti made it two wins from his first two games in the Europa League with a 2-0 home victory over Zurich. 

Forwards Simone Verdi and Adam Ounas scored in each half at the Stadio San Paolo.  

Meanwhile, Inter advanced after eliminating Austrian club Rapid Vienna 5-0 on aggregate after winning the second leg 4-0 in Rome. 

The Algerian forward finishes past Yanick Brecher to score Napoli's second of the night

The Algerian forward finishes past Yanick Brecher to score Napoli's second of the night

The Algerian forward finishes past Yanick Brecher to score Napoli’s second of the night

Simone Verdi (No 9) broke the deadlock for the Serie A side at the San Paolo stadium in Naples

Simone Verdi (No 9) broke the deadlock for the Serie A side at the San Paolo stadium in Naples

Simone Verdi (No 9) broke the deadlock for the Serie A side at the San Paolo stadium in Naples

Dries Mertens can't stop smiling as he applauds the fans after helping Napoli beat Zurich

Dries Mertens can't stop smiling as he applauds the fans after helping Napoli beat Zurich

Dries Mertens can’t stop smiling as he applauds the fans after helping Napoli beat Zurich

Former champion Sevilla advanced after knocking out Lazio on Wednesday. 

After four consecutive draws in all competitions – including 2-2 at Shakhtar Donetsk last week in the first leg – Eintracht Frankfurt celebrated a 4-1 victory and advance 6-3 overall.

Forward Luka Jovic scored his sixth European League goal this season for a 1-0 lead in the 23rd. It was 2-0 just four minutes later after Sebastien Haller converted from the penalty spot. Haller added his second and substitute Ante Rebic also scored late in the game.   

Rennes made the next round 6-4 overall after a 3-1 away win at Real Betis.

Ivan Perisic helped Inter Milan overcome Rapid Vienna at the San Siro on Thursday evening

Ivan Perisic helped Inter Milan overcome Rapid Vienna at the San Siro on Thursday evening

Ivan Perisic helped Inter Milan overcome Rapid Vienna at the San Siro on Thursday evening

Slavia Prague knocked out Genk after coming from a goal down to win 4-1 in Belgium. The two drew 1-1 in the first leg in Prague.

Dynamo Kiev advanced with a 1-0 win at home over Olympiakos following a 2-2 draw in the first leg.

A scoreless draw with Galatasaray was enough for Benfica to get through due to a 2-1 away win in Turkey.

Russia’s Krasnodar advanced on the away goals rule after a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

Patson Daka netted twice and Xaver Schlager and Munas Dabbur added one each for Salzburg to beat Club Brugge 4-0 and advance 5-2 on aggregate. 

Eintracht Frankfurt's Sebastian Haller celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Eintracht Frankfurt's Sebastian Haller celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastian Haller celebrates scoring his side’s second goal

Dinamo Zagreb routed Viktoria Plzen 3-0 for a result that overturned a 2-1 loss in the first leg.

Two goals from Sardar Azmoun helped Zenit St. Petersburg overcome Fenerbahce 3-1 to make it through 3-2 overall.

Pablo Fornals scored 10 minutes from time for Villarreal to draw 1-1 in the second leg against Sporting Lisbon, enough to advance after winning 1-0 in the first leg.

The draw for the last 16 is scheduled for Friday. 

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