It was a spectacular night of UEFA Europa League football as CSKA Moscow with an inspired Ahmed Musa beat Lyon 2-3 earning a quarter final place with the Super Eagles star netting in the five-goal thriller.
Ahmed Musa and his CSKA team were up against the difficult task of overturning a 0-1 loss to the French side who beat them in their home turf in Russia and only needed to avoid defeat in their Groupama Stadium home ground in France to advance, but Musa and his teammates had other plans for Lyon.
Aleksandr Golovin gave the visitors the lead in the 39th minute to level scores at 1-1 on aggregate three minutes after an Ahmed Musa yellow card.
On resumption of the second half, Lyon whose home ground will be hosting the finals of the Europa League in May equalized through Maxwell Cornet in the 58th minute and moved in front on aggregate.
Ahmed Musa then responded by firing CSKA Moscow back in front with a left footed shot into the bottom right corner from a Kirill Nababkin cross in the 60th minute.
Five minutes later Pontus Wernbloom’s left footed shot inside the Lyon box put CSKA Moscow comfortably in front with a cushion.
A 71st minute strike from Lyon striker Mariano Diaz brought scores to 3-2, meaning that Lyon just needed an equalizer to squeeze through to the quarter finals ahead of hard fighting CSKA Moscow.
Ahmed Musa was replaced by Vitinho in the 73rd minute with the rest of the match marked by high pressure in the visitors area as Lyon searched for the equalizer in vain.
CSKA held on to win it on the away goals rule 3-3 on aggregate, ensuring they will be amongst the draws on Friday afternoon in Nyon.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi was an unused substitute as Arsenal beat AC Milan 3-1 at the Emirates to complete a 5-1 aggregate win.
In other results Athletico Madrid emerged biggest winners of the round of 16 completing an 8-1 aggregate demolition of Lokomotiv Moscow.
Lokomotiv Moskva 1 – 5 Atlético Madrid
Dynamo Kyiv 0 – 2 Lazio
Zenit 1 – 1 RB Leipzig
Athletic Club 1 – 2 Marseille
Viktoria Plzeň E 2 – 1 Sporting CP
Salzburg 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund