UEL wrap: Ajax edge Schalke, Celta and Lyon through to semis

Europa League By: Ambrose Udeme | 20/04/2017

UEL wrap: Ajax edge Schalke, Celta, Besiktas through

Ajax fell 3-2 in Germany to Schalke 04 but secured passage into the UEFA Europa League semi-final courtesy of a 4-3 aggregate win following a first leg 2-0 win in Amsterdam seven days ago.

Goals from Goretzka, Burgstaller and Caligiuri proved mere consolations for Schalke as Viergever and Younes scored in extra time to put the game beyond the Germans. 

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In Belgium, Wilfred Ndidi's former employers were dumped out of the Europa League by Celta Vigo who advanced to the next round after holding their hosts to a 1-1 draw.

Celta Vigo who had won 3-1 at home in the first leg did just enough to restore their one goal cushion they came with from Spain after Troossard's halved a two-goal deficit following the away side's opener through Sisto.

Lyon stunned Besiktas in Turkey to go through to the semi finals after penalty shootouts. Lyon went into the tie with a one goal lead thanks to last week's 2-1 win in France but Souza Conceição leveled matters after 27 minutes to hand the home side the lead in Turkey.

Lacazette made it 1-1, ten minutes before the break when sent the visitors back in front on aggregate before Conceição's 58th minute strike forced an extra time play. A barren 30 minutes of two halves saw both sides head straight into penalties with Lyon winning 7-6.