Europa League: Aribo’s European Dreams Shattered By Bayer Leverkusen

Joe Aribo’s sojourn in this season’s Europa League came to a limp end on Thursday as his Rangers team were knocked out by Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16.

Rangers trailed 3-1 from the first leg at Ibrox on 12 March and travelled to Germany needing to score three times to stand a chance of progressing but the Gers rarely troubled Peter Bosz’s side in an empty BayArena.

Aribo was on for the duration of the encounter but struggled to make an impact on the game as Moussa Diaby’s smart finish on 55 minutes gave the Germans a 1-0 win and confirmed a 4-1 aggregate victory.

Leverkusen now face Inter Milan in Monday’s quarter-final in Dusseldorf.

Rangers, meanwhile, can now turn their focus on the Scottish Premiership and this year’s Europa League campaign.

Elsewhere. Wolverhampton Wanderers endured a nervous night at Molineux to scrape past Olympiakos and reach their first European quarter-final in 48 years as Raul Jimenez’s early penalty earned them a 2-1 aggregate win against the Greek side.

The Mexican scored from the spot in the eighth minute for his 27th goal of the season after Daniel Podence had been fouled by Olympiakos’ stand-in keeper Bobby Allain.

Wolves’ extra-ordinary season has now stretched past a year having started on 25 July and will now extend to a 59th game against Spanish Sevilla in the quarter-final in Duisburg on Tuesday.

The Spanish side saw off Roma 2-0 with on-loan Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon and Youssef En-Nesyri scoring the goals in their one-off last-16 tie in Duisburg, Germany.

Basel booked a quarterfinal date with Shakhtar Donetsk after they completed a 4-0 aggregate win over Eintracht Frankfurt at St Jakob Park.

Fabian Frei scored late on to give the Swiss side a 1-0 win over the Germans in their second leg last-16 tie.