Manchester United defeated AC Milan 1-0 on Thursday to advance to the Europa League quarterfinals, while Dinamo Zagreb eliminated Tottenham Hotspur after added time in Croatia.
After an ugly battle inside the Milan area, Paul Pogba scored the game’s only goal four minutes after replacing Marcus Rashford as a halftime substitute.
United’s Dean Henderson made an impressive reflex save to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic an equalizer against his former club and give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a 2-1 aggregate win.
“We’ve come through a very difficult tie against a fantastic club and we’ve overcome some difficulties,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.
“We’ve missed Paul, he’s been out for almost two months. He was just getting into his best form. He’s going to give us a big boost for the rest of the season.”
Arsenal, who qualified after losing 1-0 to Olympiakos in the second leg, is one of two English clubs in the last eight draw on Friday.
Olympiakos prevailed again at the Emirates Stadium thanks to Youssef El-deflected Arabi’s second-half strike, but Arsenal progressed 3-2 on aggregate, avenging their away-goal loss to the Greeks last season.
“Really happy to be through. We had a tough opponent, so happy to be through. Sometimes we have to be fair with ourselves – we were nowhere near the levels we could be,” said Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta.
After winning by two goals in the first leg, Jose Mourinho’s Spurs were eliminated from the competition, with Dinamo attacker Mislav Orsic scoring a superb hat-trick for the Croatian champions.
Orsic completed his treble by running past three players and slamming a low drive past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from the edge of the box.
Spurs had a late chance to go through on away goals, but Harry Kane’s effort was clawed out by Dinamo goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, and the hosts won 3-2 on aggregate.