Krasnodar celebrated the eighth anniversary of their founding by eliminating Fenerbahce and reaching the last 16 of the Europa League for the first time thanks to a 1-1 draw that secured a 2-1 aggregate triumph.
Dick Advocaat’s Fener lost the first leg 1-0 in Russia and found themselves with an even tougher task after just seven minutes in the return match as Fyodor Smolov found the bottom-right corner from 20 yards following a defensive mix-up.
Fener piled the pressure on at times and did level just before the break through Souza’s close-range finish after a set-piece caused havoc in the area.
But the hosts failed to complete the turnaround and Krasnodar, who were only founded on February 22 2008, scraped through to second knockout phase.
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Joining Krasnodar in the next round will be Schalke, who ultimately coasted past Greek side PAOK 4-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen.
Alessandro Schopf put them ahead 23 minutes in with a simple finish and, although Matija Nastasic scored an own-goal shortly after to level things up on the day, the Germans never looked in danger of throwing the tie away.
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