Man United loses in Europa League but progresses

STUART CONDIE AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester United advanced to the next round of the Europa League on Thursday despite losing its first ever home game in the competition 2-1 to Ajax.

Javier Hernandez stretched United's 2-0 first-leg advantage in the sixth minute before Aras Ozbiliz made it 1-1 on the night 31 minutes later. Toby Alderweireld scored with three minutes left but Ajax could do no more than scare United, which is in the second-tier tournament after it was eliminated from the Champions League group stage.

The English powerhouse progressed 3-2 on aggregate.

United will face Atletic Bilbao in the round of 16 after the Spanish side beat Lokomotiv Moscow 1-0 to advance on away goals.

Valencia and Atletico Madrid also progressed, as did PSV Eindhoven and Udinese.