Dortmund traveled to Italy clinging to a 3-2 first-leg lead, and lost it in the first half. A Rafael Toloi goal had Atalanta level on aggregate and ahead on away goals. But Schmelzer bundled home a rebound in the 82nd minute to send the Germans through:
Dortmund are back on top! Schmelzer gives BVB a late 4-3 aggregate lead after a bad spill by Berisha. https://t.co/pu3yoqcUJF
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 22, 2018
Elsewhere on Thursday, Arsenal went 2-0 down to lowly Ostersunds, and eventually lost 2-1 to the Swedish minnows, but advanced 4-2 on aggregate.
The competition’s best team, however, crashed out in the round of 32. Napoli went to Leipzig and won 2-0. But after a 3-1 first-leg defeat, the Serie A leaders needed one more goal to complete their turnaround, and couldn’t quite get it.
The round of 16 is now set, and matchups will be drawn Friday at 7 a.m. ET (noon GMT). Here’s a look at the 16 teams that have advanced, and where they stand in relation to one another as contenders for the Europa League crown:
EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND OF 16 POWER RANKINGS
1. Atletico Madrid — Pretty clearly the top team left. Atleti cruised past Copenhagen, 5-1. It has only lost once all season in La Liga.
2. Lazio — As other, bigger names stumble around looking unconvincing, Lazio has replicated its strong domestic form in the Europa league. It beat Steaua Bucharest 5-2 on aggregate, and is a legitimate title contender.
3. Arsenal — Losing to Ostersunds was embarrassing. How soon will Arsene Wenger give up on the Premier League top-four chase and play his first-choice 11 in the Europa League?
4. Borussia Dortmund — Still in many ways a threadbare canvas of a team, but it’s great to have BVB still alive – especially with Marco Reus back and making plays.
5. RB Leipzig — The 3-1 win over Napoli ultimately carried the day, and it was damn impressive.
6. Lyon — Flew a bit under the radar, but a 4-1 aggregate victory over Villarreal was one of the best results of the round.
7. Sporting CP — A very potent attack put six past Astana over two legs.
8. Marseille — Beat Braga 3-1.
9. Athletic Bilbao — Held on to beat Spartak Moscow 4-3 on aggregate, but the second leg was overshadowed by fan violence outside San Mames.
10. AC Milan — Beat Ludogorets Razgrad 4-0.
11. CSKA Moscow — A 1-0 aggregate triumph over Red Star Belgrade was underwhelming.
12. Zenit St. Petersburg — Overcame a 1-0 first-leg deficit to beat Celtic 3-1, and looked pretty good doing so.
13. Lokomotiv Moscow — Knocked off Nice, 4-3.
14. Dynamo Kiev — Beat AEK Athens 1-1, 1-0 on away goals. Snooze.
15. Red Bull Salzburg — One of the bigger upsets of the round … Salzburg beat Real Sociedad 4-3.
16. Viktoria Plzen — Beat Partizan Belgrade 3-1.
EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW
Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 a.m. ET (noon GMT) at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
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