Video: Europa League Quarterfinals 1st Leg

Villarreal inflicted a 5-1 defeat on FC Twente in Thursday night's Europa League quarter-final first leg at El Madrigal to continue Spain's recent run of success in domestic European competitions following one-sided wins by Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier in the week. Villarreal stunned the Dutch league leaders with goals from Nilmar (two), Carlos Marchena, Borja Valero and Giuseppe Rossi. Twente pulled a late goal back through Marc Janko to give them just a glimmer of hope for the second leg.



Porto, the new Portuguese champions, were also 5-1 winners as they beat Spartak Moscow at Estadio do Dragao. A hat-trick by Falcao guided Porto to the emphatic win which all but guarantees their place in the final four. Falcao gave the hosts a first-half lead before scoring two goals in the last six minutes as the Porto forwards gave their Russian opponents a torrid time. Silvestre Varela also scored for Porto, and Dmitri Kombarov put through his own net. Kombarov atoned by pulling one back for the visitors.



The good news for the Iberian teams kept on coming as Benfica eased to a 4-1 win over PSV Eindhoven. Javier Saviola rounded off a fine night for the hosts with an injury-time strike after PSV looked to have given themselves second-leg hope with an 80th-minute goal from Zakaria Labyad. Until Labyad's goal Benfica dominated with Eduardo Salvio's two strikes either side of half-time adding to Pablo Aimar's opener.



Braga, who knocked Liverpool out in the last round, made it three Portuguese teams in strong positions to reach the semi-finals as they posted a 1-1 draw in the away leg of their tie at 10-man Dynamo Kyiv. Dynamo went ahead after six minutes through Andriy Yarmolenko but their lead did not last long as Ognjen Vukojevic put through his own net eight minutes later. The half-time substitute Andriy Shevchenko was dismissed for the home side after 61 minutes for collecting his second booking.

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