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Aubameyang seals Arsenal comeback, Giroud helps Chelsea into Europa League quarters

AFP  |  Paris 

spearheaded Arsenal's revival by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Rennes to reach the quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate, as Chelsea and Napoli also booked a last-eight spot on Thursday.

The Gunners cancelled out their 3-1 deficit from last week's first leg in inside 15 minutes as swept home from close range before teeing up to head home.

However, Rennes had cause to complain as should have been flagged offside before the second goal.

With VAR not in use for the unlike the Champions League, there was no recourse for Rennes and the side will also reflect on missed opportunities after the break as a historic European run for the club came to an end.

M'Baye Niang struck the post and Sead Kolasinac's last-ditch tackle denied Ismaila Sarr before the Bosnian wing-back crossed for Aubameyang to give Arsenal breathing space.

Winning the also offers Arsenal and Chelsea the safety net of qualification should they fail to make the top four in the

But Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who won the Europa League three times as coach, also wants the glory of a trophy in his first season in charge.

"It is not only the possibility to go to Champions League, it is one title and we can feel the possibility to win one title," said the Spaniard.

Chelsea cruised into the last eight with greater ease as six sides will take their place in Friday's quarter-finals draws with Manchester City, Manchester United, and in the last eight of the

After a 3-0 victory in last week's last 16, first leg at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were even more dominant in as scored his first hat-trick for the club.

"We started very well. We wanted to start in this way," Chelsea told BT Sport. "We played a wonderful first half and managed the game in the second half."

Giroud, who is yet to start in the in 2019 after the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, netted a first-half double, before slid home a third on the of half-time.

Frenchman Giroud completed his hat-trick before rounded off the scoring.

- shocked by Slavia -


Five-time winners were beaten 4-3 after extra time to lose a thrilling tie against Slavia 6-5 on aggregate.

Twice the Spanish side came from behind to take the tie to extra time thanks to goals from and

However, after had given Sevilla a 3-2 lead on the night, Slavia hit back and Ibrahim Traore's winner a minute from time sealed a famous win for the Czechs.

Napoli wrapped up a 4-3 aggregate victory over last season's semi-finalists Salzburg despite a 3-1 second-leg loss in

Another giant fell, though, as the highly-rated scored the only goal of the night and the tie as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Inter Milan at the San Siro. Russian outfit Krasnodar suffered heartbreak as scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser to send through 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 second-leg draw.

Spanish sides have dominated this competition in recent years and despite Sevilla's defeat will have two representatives in the last eight as Villarreal beat Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 to seal a resounding 5-2 aggregate victory.

Benfica, runners-up in 2013 and 2014, were also taken to extra-time by Dinamo Zagreb but eventually overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit with a 3-0 win in

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 10:10 IST