The Portuguese trio of Porto, Braga and Benfica advanced to the Europa League soccer semifinals, where they’ll be joined by Spanish club Villarreal.
Celtic defeated Helsingborgs 2-0 to reach the Champions League group stage, where it joins 11 other former winners of European soccer’s elite club competition.
Porto, Villarreal and Benfica all won easily at home to open their Europa League quarterfinals, while Braga tied 1-1 at 10-man Dynamo Kiev.
Manchester City lost 2-0 to Dynamo Kiev in the opening game of their Europa League round of 16 tie, while English Premier League rival Liverpool was handed a 1-0 defeat at Braga.
The following is the draw for the round of 32 in soccer’s Europa League. The two-match series will be played Feb. 17 and 24.
Portuguese clubs Porto, Benfica and Braga last night advanced to the quarterfinals of soccer’s Europa League, as Liverpool and Manchester City were eliminated.
Stoke City and Lokomotiv Moscow advanced to the last 32 in the Europa League, while FC Twente defeated Fulham 1-0 to win their group in the continent’s second-tier soccer competition.
Andriy Shevchenko said he’s retiring from international soccer following Ukraine’s elimination from the European Championship.