6 Things We Learned from Europa League Last 16 First Leg

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6 Things We Learned from Europa League Last 16 First Leg
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Just 16 teams remain in the mix to win this season's Europa League, and following the first-leg clashes of Thursday evening, some sides are close to the exit door already.

Big wins for Porto, Lyon, Benfica and Valencia headlined the night, but every fixture of course holds vital significance to the tournament's outcome, with only the cream of the continental crop remaining.

Just a week remains until the pool is whittled down once more, with only eight berths available for the quarter-finals, and Thursday's first legs threw up a barrage of talking points and lessons that some teams would be wise to learn from.

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