FC Twente, PSV Eindhoven fail to advance in Europa League

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Villareal lept ahead in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday night, beating FC Twente 3-1. The Dutch set-back was felt a little harder after PSV Eindhoven failed to advance, drawing to SL Benfica 2-2.

FC Twente was admittedly expected to work some magic at home in Enschede if they were to redeem themselves form a 5-1 defeat to Villareal in the competition’s first leg. But the Spanish team, coming into the game undefeated, could not be contained.

After a promising beginning for Twente, Spain's Marco Rubens confirmed Villareal’s place in the semi-finals, scoring a penalty shot in the 84th minute, then Rubén Caini nailed an unbelievable goal in the game’s last minute.

The action in Enschede was not echoed in Eindhoven. After a promising two goals in the first half, PSV fell to the pressure of needing to overturn a 4-1 first leg deficit against Benfica. Lisbon secured the draw and their place in the semi-finals.

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