Europa League goals: Fulham lose 3-1 at Juventus; Liverpool stumble to yet another defeat at Lille

Juventus 3 – Fulham 1 (Europa League last 16 first leg, March 11, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Nicola Legrottaglie headed Juventus into a ninth minute lead against Fulham. Jonathan Zebina doubled the lead with an cracking hit from the edge of the box that cannoned in off the post after beating two men. Ten minutes before the break the Cottagers grabbed a lifeline thanks a deflected effort from Dickson Etuhu. On the stroke of half-time David Trezeguet followed up after hitting the post to restore Juve’s two-goal advantage.

Lille 1 – Liverpool 0 (Europa League last 16 first leg, March 11, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Rafa Benitez’s side produced yet another insipid away display in Europe which bore many of the hallmarks of their defeat at Wigan earlier in the week. The only goal of the game came five minutes from time, Belgian wonderkid Eden Hazard whipped in a free-kick that eluded everyone to give the French side the advantage before the second leg at Anfield next week.

Panathinaikos 1 – Standard Liege 3 (Europa League last 16 first leg, March 11, 2010) Axel Witsel and then Milan Jovanovic (great through ball, horrible keeping) stunned Panathinaikos to give Standard Liege two away goals at the break. Three minutes into the second half Loukas Vintra pulled one back for the home side with a header at the back post. With 16 minutes to go Igor De Camargo rounded off an excellent night for Standard Liege with their third, beating the goalkeeper after he was played in by Jovanovic.

Valencia 1 – Werder Bremen 1 (Europa League last 16 first leg, March 11, 2010) A penalty from Torsten Frings midway through the first half gave Werder Bremen a valuable away goal at Valencia. Ten minutes into the second half Ever Banega was sent off for the home side but just two minutes later Juan Mata equalised after Silva’s shot had been blocked.

Benfica 1 – Marseille 1 (Europa League last 16 first leg, March 11, 2010) The breakthrough for the home side did not come until the 76th minute, Maxi Pereira poked home following a spill from Mandanda. Hatem Ben Arfa turned the tie on its head with a massive away goal in the 90th minute.

Hamburg 3 – Anderlecht 1 (Europa League last 16 first leg, March 11, 2010) Joris Mathijsen was given way too much room in the Anderlecht defence to fire Hamburg in front midway through the first half. Five minutes before the break Ruud van Nistelrooy doubled the scoreline with a left-footed finish from a tight angle. On the stroke of half-time Anderlecht got themselves right back into the tie with a cracking picture perfect free kick from Jonathan Legear. David Jarolim gave Ze Germans some breathing space for the second leg with fifteen minutes remaining.

Rubin Kazan 1 – Wolfsburg 1 (Europa League last 16 first leg, March 11, 2010) Russian champions Rubin Kazan took the lead at home to German champions Wolfsburg on the half hour through a close range header from Christian Noboa. Zvjezdan Misimovic equalised with a delightful finish into the far corner.

Atletico Madrid 0 – Sporting Lisbon 0 (Europa League last 16 first leg, March 11, 2010) Atletico Madrid failed to take advantage of the fact that Sporting played with 10 men for much of the match due to the sending off of Leandro Damian Grimi. Tonel was also sent off late on for Sporting. Sergio Aguero had the best chances for the home side in front of father-in-law Diego Maradona.