Europa League: Nhamoinesu’s Sparta held, Liverpool beat Man U, Dortmund thrash Spurs
Zimbabwe International Costa Nhamoineau was in action last night in Europa League Round of 16 as his side Sparta Prague were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Italian side Lazio.
Sparta took the lead in the 13th minute. Martin Frydek was the scorer, spectacularly firing high into the net after collecting a pass from David Lafata.
Lazio equalised seven minutes before half time through Marco Parolo.
The second leg is in a week’s time at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
In other matches, Liverpool have taken a big step towards the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of their last-16 clash at Anfield.
The two bitter rivals were meeting on the European stage for the first time ever, and goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino gave the home side a significant advantage at the halfway stage of the tie.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus scored three unanswered goals between them as Borussia Dortmund left Tottenham Hotspur with a mountain to climb if they are to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Europa League Results
Basel 0-0 Sevilla
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Tottenham
Fenerbahce 1-0 Braga
Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Anderlecht
Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Valencia
Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United
Sparta Prague 1-1 Lazio
Villarreal 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen