It was a glorious Europa League evening for English football. Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham secured their place in the round of 16, while Gary Neville coached Valencia to a record.
The Spanish club beat Austrian side Rapid Vienna by 4-0, while they had already beaten them 6-0 at home. Therefore, Valencia beat their opponents 10-0 over two matches, the biggest aggregate win ever since the UEFA Cup was renamed Europa League before the 2009-2010 season.
Valencia beat Rapid Wien with the biggest aggregate score (10-0) in a two-legged tie of the Europa League (since 2009/10). #UEL
Next up, United came back from a 1-0 home deficit to beat Midtjylland 5-1 and advance to the next round. Marcus Rashford scored in his first ever professional appearance for the Red Devils, meaning he became the youngest United player to hit the net in all competitions.
Marcus Rashford (18 years and 117 days) overtakes George Best as Manchester United’s youngest goalscorer in ALL European competitions.
Meanwhile, Memphis Depay had himself a stellar match. The Dutchman has been heavily criticised due to his mistakes and pedestrian performances throughout the season, but he made up for it against Midtjylland.
The 22-year old first became the player with the most successful dribbles in a match coached by Louis van Gaal, then became the player with the most successful dribbles in one Europa League match, and eventually finished with a set of awesome statistics, after scoring the fifth United goal.
9 – Memphis Depay has completed nine dribbles, already a record for a Manchester United player in a game under Louis van Gaal. Unstoppable.
Liverpool beat Augsburg 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a penalty kick by James Milner, securing an aggregate 2-1 win against the German side. It was the Reds’ first qualification for a round of 16 in a European competition since the 2010-2011 season…
16 – Liverpool have reached the last 16 of a European competition for the first time since the 2010/11 season. Relief.
Tottenham beat Fiorentina 3-0 at White Heart Lane, getting revenge for their defeat from last season at the same stage in the competition. The Spurs have now lost just one of their last 21 home matches in Europe, scoring 53 goals in the process.
Meanwhile, Ryan Mason scored his first goal in his ninth Europa League appearance, while Erik Lamela seems to love Tottenham’s home venue, as the 23-year-old has scored eight of his nine goals in the compeition at White Heart Lane.
8 – Eight of Erik Lamela’s nine Europa League goals for Spurs have come at White Hart Lane. Homely.