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Liverpool’s Europa League campaign ended at the scene of one of their greatest European triumphs as they lost on penalties to Besiktas in the Ataturk Stadium in Turkey on Thursday.
The Turkish side won the last 32 clash 5-4 in the shootout with Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren missing the decisive penalty after the two-legged encounter had ended 1-1 on aggregate, following Besiktas’s 1-0 win on the night.
Croatia centre back Lovren blasted his effort high and wide to spark wild celebrations at the stadium where Liverpool beat AC Milan on penalties 10 years ago to clinch their fifth European Cup.
Elsewhere, Europa League holders Sevilla came through a testing encounter at Borussia Moenchengladbach to reach the last 16 where they were joined by Italian sides Inter Milan and Fiorentina, who also beat British opposition.
Three times winners Sevilla were twice pegged back by their German hosts, who had goalscorer Granit Xhaka sent off, before Vitolo rounded off a counter attack in the 79th minute with his second goal to complete a 3-2 win and 4-2 aggregate success.
Inter edged Scottish champions Celtic 1-0 to go through 4-3 on aggregate after a high-scoring first leg was followed by a cagey return in Italy where Fredy Guarin got an 88th minute winner.
Inter’s Serie A rivals Fiorentina beat English visitors Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 and 3-1 on aggregate with German striker Mario Gomez and on loan Chelsea player Mohamed Salah scoring in the second half.
Two goals from Jose Rondon helped Zenit St Petersburg ease past PSV Eindhoven 3-0 in their second leg in Russia to complete a 4-0 aggregate success.
Ajax Amsterdam, Villarreal, Dinamo Moscow and Dynamo Kiev also booked spots in the last 16. (Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ken Ferris)