Arsenal players celebrating a goal against Napoli (Photo: Twitter)

Leg 1 of Europa League quarter-finals took place on Thursday and Arsenal, Chelsea, Benfica and Valencia emerged victorious in their respective matches.

Arsenal defeated Napoli 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium courtesy of a first half goal from Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey and an own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly.

Chelsea ran out winners in Prague as they beat Slavia through a solitary goal from Marcos Alonso in the last few minutes of the match.

In Portugal, Benfica defeat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-2 courtesy of a hat-trick from the 19-year old Joao Felix making him the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the Europa League.

Evan N’Dicka was sent off in the 20th minute as he bundled Gedson Fernandes in the penalty box. The 10-men Frankfurt trailed by a goal as Felix stepped up to slot the ball in the back of the net from the spot.

Luka Jovic scored against his parent club Benfica to get Frankfurt level on the scoresheet.

Ruben Dias scored for Benfica and his goal was sandwiched between two goals from Felix as Benfica led 4-1 with more than half hour left to play. Goncalo Paciencia scored an important away goal to give his side some relief.

In an all Spanish affair, Valencia beat Villarreal 3-1 with a Goncalo Guedes brace making up for a penalty miss from Dani Parejo.

In the 6th minute, Guedes was tripped in the penalty box and Dani Parejo stepped up to take the penalty. While Parejo missed, Guedes slotted home from close range to give Valencia the lead.

Just after the half-hour mark, Vicente Ibbora was tripped by Ezequiel Garay in the penalty box and Santi Cazorla converted from the spot to equalize for the hosts.

In the dying minutes of the game, Valencia scored two crucial goals to almost book their semi-final spot.

Daniel Wass scored the first of the two goals while Guedes scored another to give his side the 2-goal cushion.


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