Porto and Benfica fly the flag for Portugal while Betis stun Sevilla - Europa League in pictures

Tottenham are staring elimination in the face after the first round of last 16 matches, but both Lyon and Valencia racked up three-goal advantages
Thursday's Europa League action didn't disappoint. Indeed, the first legs of the round of 16 provided an abundance of both drama and goals.

Betis achieved a famous away win over city rivals Sevilla, while Fiorentina claimed a fine 1-1 draw at Juventus. Elsewhere, there were big wins for Olympique Lyonnais and Valencia but the night arguably belonged to Portuguese duo Porto and Benfica, who saw off Napoli and Tottenham Hotspur, respectively.

Goal takes a look at Thursday night's Europa League action in pictures ...

Salzburg boss Roger Schmidt saw his side claim a 0-0 draw at Basel

Two heavily fancied sides, Porto and Napoli, clashed at Estadio do Dragao

Valencia took a fifth-minute lead against Ludogorets through Antonio Barragan

Diego Alves saved Roman Bezjak's penalty for 10-man Valencia

Valencia punished Ludogorets with another goal on 33 minutes through Fede Cartabia

Porto took the lead against Napoli thanks to a volley from Jackson Martinez

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for Juventus against Fiorentina

Real Betis took the lead against Sevilla with a Leo Baptistao header

Gueida Fofana drags Lyon back into their clash with Viktoria Plzen

Benfica drew first blood at White Hart Lane through Rodrigo

AZ came away with a 1-0 win against Anzhi thanks to a Aron Johannsson penalty

Sparks flew in as city rivals Sevilla and Betis locked horns at the Sanchez Pizjuan

Luisao's glancing header made it 2-0 to Benfica on 58 minutes

Pablo Osvaldo rued a missed opportunity as Juventus failed to double their lead

Arnold Mvuemba added Lyon's third after a rapid counterattack

Christian Eriksen offered some hope for Tottenham with a perfectly executed free kick

Betis sealed a 2-0 away victory through the appropriately named Sevilla

Mario Gomez earned Fiorentina a 1-1 draw in Turin with his late strike

Luisao lashed home his second of the night to give Benfica a 3-1 first-leg advantage

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus lets Tim Sherwood know the score