PARIS: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blasted twice including a late goal for Arsenal to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League after beating Benfica 3-2 in Greece.
Premier League rivals Manchester United also advanced to a 4-0 aggregate victory after a goalless draw in the rematch against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.
However, Leicester City, who are only different from United in second place in the Premier League, were knocked out by Czech Republic champions Slavia Prague after losing 2-0 at home.
Aubameyang put Arsenal ahead in action at Karaiskakis Stadium, but Diogo Goncalves equalized through a free kick and Rafa Silva put Benfica ahead of Dani Ceballos’ error.
Kieran Tierney equalized for Arsenal and Aubameyang headed in the winner with a cross from Bukayo Sako three minutes before the end of the game.
Arsenal advanced to a 4-3 aggregate victory following a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Rome.
“Everyone is happy tonight. This is what gives me power every day, taking lessons from past mistakes and turning them into strength.
“The team showed character and we deserved this victory. It was a tough match. What we showed today is an example for the future,” Aubameyang said.
United also advanced despite a goalless draw at home against Real Sociedad, following a 4-0 win in the first leg in Italy.
Meanwhile at King Power Stadium, Lukas Provod put Slavia in front after being tied without a goal in the first match, and Abdallah Sima ensured victory for the visitors.
“We did not create many chances during these two games. We did not defend well. We gave easy goals. The team won better,” said Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.