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Villa puts Valencia into quarters

David Villa was in fine form as Valencia narrowly went through
Villa starred as Valencia narrowly made it through to the last eight

David Villa's hat-trick helped Valencia progress to the Europa League quarter-finals on away goals after a thrilling 4-4 second-leg draw at Werder Bremen.

The Spanish side were held 1-1 at home in the first leg but Villa produced a stunning display to send them through.

Sergio Aguero's double in a 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon also put Atletico Madrid through on away goals.

Goals from Liedson and Anderson Polga gave Sporting hope, but it was not enough to see them through.

German outfit Hamburg progressed 6-5 on aggregate despite losing 4-3 at Belgian side Anderlecht.

Hamburg led 3-1 after the first leg and when Jerome Boateng grabbed a 42nd-minute opener it looked a mere formality that they would be in Friday's draw for the last eight.

But Ronmelu Lukaka and Matias Suarez gave the home side a 2-1 lead at half-time, Lucas Biglia and Mbark Boussoufa put the Belgians 4-2 up on the night before Mladen Petric ended any hopes of a stirring comeback.

Hamburg were joined in the last eight by compatriots Wolfsburg, who needed extra-time to beat Rubin Kazan.

Christian Gentner scored in the 119th minute as Wolfsburg advanced 3-2 on aggregate at the expense of the Russian side, who had Cesar Navas sent off in the extra period for a second yellow card.

Bremen were unable to make it a trio of German clubs, partly through the clinical brilliance of Villa but also their failure to convert more of their 27 shots on target.

606: DEBATE

Two brilliant strikes from Villa and a Juan Mata goal helped give Valencia a 3-1 lead at half-time.

Second-half goals from Torsten Frings and Marko Marin drew the home side level but Villa's third goal made it 4-3, only for Claudio Pizarro to set up a tense finish with an 84th-minute strike.

Benfica, who were held 1-1 at home by Marseille in the first leg, looked like going out when the French side's Senegal forward Mamadou Niang volleyed home from close range in the 70th minute.

But the Portuguese team levelled four minutes later when Argentine Maxi Pereira exploited a blunder by the Marseille defence to score with a low drive from just outside the box.

Brazilian Alan Kardec then scored the winner for Benfica with an angled shot inside the area from a Pablo Aimar free kick.

Kardec was yellow-carded for taking off his shirt in celebration and Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who had only just come on, was then sent off for kicking Javi Garcia.

In slightly less dramatic circumstances, Dieudonne Mbokani gave Standard Liege a 1-0 win over Panathinaikos as the Belgian side completed a 4-1 aggregate victory over the Greeks.

Liverpool, who won 3-0 to overcame a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Lille, joined fellow Premier League side Fulham in the quarters.

Fulham produced the result of the round to overturn Juventus's 3-1 first-leg lead and go through 5-4.

Follow the Europa League quarter-final and semi-final draw as well as the Champions League draw on Friday from 1100 GMT on the BBC Sport website and Radio 5 live.



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