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Patrick Vieira sacked by OGC Nice after a disastrous run of five straight defeats
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Patrick Vieira sacked by OGC Nice after a disastrous run of five straight defeats

Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira has been sacked as manager of Nice following a disastrous run of five straight defeats and a shock Europa League exit after they were knocked out by Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday night, December 3.   The French side released a statement on Friday morning confirming that they have dismissed former France international who took the job in June 2018 following Lucien Favre's move to Borussia Dortmund.   His Romanian assistant Adrian Ursea to take charge until they announce a new manager.   Nice said on Friday morning: 'Patrick Vieira is no longer the coach of OGC Nice as of today. 'During a meeting after last night's match, the Nice board informed Patrick Vieira of its decision to end their collaboration.   'Patrick...
En-Nesyri: Sevilla striker can punish Real Madrid despite Chelsea setback
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En-Nesyri: Sevilla striker can punish Real Madrid despite Chelsea setback

The Morocco forward’s frustrating night vs the Blues shouldn’t be used against him when Julen Lopetegui selects XI for Los Blancos clash When Youssef En-Nesyri’s tame header trickled into the arms of Edouard Mendy in the closing seconds of Sevilla’s humbling night against Chelsea on Wednesday, it was hard not to feel sorry for the frontman. On a night where Julen Lopetegui made a swathe of changes to the side, last year’s Europa League winners were thoroughly beaten 4-0 in Andalusia, with the North African forward cutting an isolated figure for the majority of the game in Seville. Even though qualification was already sewn up, both sides opted to rest usual starters despite first place in the group up for grabs. In the end, Chelsea’s superior quality told, as Frank Lampard was still...
Wilfred Ndidi ‘Happy To Be Back’ After Long-Term Injury Spell
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Wilfred Ndidi ‘Happy To Be Back’ After Long-Term Injury Spell

Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has expressed his excitement to be back to full fitness after spending Eight weeks on sideline. Ndidi was sidelined since October after he picked up an abductor injury against Burnley in the premier league. The defensive midfielder had surgery on the abductor and has since missed matches for both country and club. However, Ndidi could make his long awaited return as he is listed in Leicester City’s squad for the Europa league match against Zorya Luhansk. The Leicester City anchorman said in a video posted on the club’s Twitter handle that he’s happy to be back. “We are happy to be back and hopefully things go well this time, ” he said alongside his teammate Ricardo Pereira who is also returning from long lay off. The Foxes are already t...
Rangers manager Gerrard dispels Aribo’s coronavirus fears
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Rangers manager Gerrard dispels Aribo’s coronavirus fears

The Gers boss has provided an update on the Nigeria international after he was left out of their clash in the Europa League Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed Joe Aribo is not suffering from coronavirus and should be available for selection when they take on Falkirk in Sunday’s Scottish League Cup tie. The Nigeria international was not involved as the Gers played out a 2-2 draw against Benfica at Ibrox Stadium in the Europa League on Thursday night. Gerrard explained the midfielder’s unavailability for the encounter was not due to Covid-19 but to illness.
‘It was tough to pull that shirt on’ – Mertens struggling after Maradona’s passing as Napoli pay tribute
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‘It was tough to pull that shirt on’ – Mertens struggling after Maradona’s passing as Napoli pay tribute

The Belgian attacker has also taken to social media to apologise for any comparisons that have been between the two Dries Mertens said it was "tough to pull that shirt on" after Napoli wore the famous number 10 shirt in honour of Diego Maradona prior to their Europa League win over Rijeka. Argentina and Napoli great Maradona – arguably football's greatest ever player – died of natural causes at the age of 60 on Wednesday. Napoli's first match since the passing of their most iconic star this week was played out to the noise of songs and fireworks despite the empty stands at the Stadio San Paolo, where Maradona guided the Italian team to unprecedented Scudetto success in 1987 and 1990.
Maradona came from another planet and will live forever – Gattuso
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Maradona came from another planet and will live forever – Gattuso

The Napoli manager was quick to pay tribute to the club's icon after his recent tragic passing Football returned to Naples on Thursday but normality did not as the city continued to mourn the death of legend Diego Maradona. Napoli's first match since the passing of their most iconic star this week was played out to the noise of songs and fireworks despite the empty stands at the Stadio San Paolo. Fans were kept away for the Europa League clash with Rijeka, but Neapolitans instead gathered outside the stadium, which could soon be named after Maradona.
Braga 3-3 Leicester City: Vardy seals Europa League progression in frantic fashion
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Braga 3-3 Leicester City: Vardy seals Europa League progression in frantic fashion

Jamie Vardy's 95th-minute equaliser against Braga proved enough to send Leicester City into the knockout stages of the Europa League. Jamie Vardy scored a last-gasp goal amid a dramatic finale as Leicester City clinched their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League in an enthralling 3-3 draw at Braga. With AEK Athens losing to Zorya Luhansk in Group G's other game on Thursday, the Foxes needed a point to book their place in the last 16, and thought they had it when Luke Thomas scored his first senior goal in the 78th minute to make it 2-2. Yet Braga, who led at half-time thanks to goals from Al Musrati and Paulinho either side of Harvey Barnes' equaliser, seemed to have snatched the win when substitute Fransergio slotted in on the counter.
Sparta Prague 4-1 Celtic: Bhoys bow out after repeat performance
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Sparta Prague 4-1 Celtic: Bhoys bow out after repeat performance

Odsonne Edouard fired Celtic into the lead at Sparta Prague, but they were beaten 4-1 again and exited the Europa League. Celtic were again tormented by Lukas Julis in another 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague as they crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday. Neil Lennon's Bhoys had lost by the same scoreline at home to Sparta earlier in the month and Odsonne Edouard's opener in the away fixture provided only a brief moment of respite before the hosts responded. Dismal defensive lapses allowed David Hancko and Julis - the hat-trick hero in Scotland scoring twice this time - to prematurely end this year's European adventure.
Molde 0-3 Arsenal: Pepe makes amends as Gunners reach next round
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Molde 0-3 Arsenal: Pepe makes amends as Gunners reach next round

Nicolas Pepe scored a fine goal as Arsenal beat Molde to secure their place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Nicolas Pepe was on the scoresheet as Arsenal won 3-0 at Molde to secure their place in the Europa League knockouts. The winger was chastised for being sent off for a headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski during the 0-0 Premier League draw with Leeds United last Sunday. Pepe was handed a chance for redemption by boss Mikel Arteta and duly responded with an impressive performance capped by a fine goal that broke the deadlock at Aker Stadion.
Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets: Vinicius off the mark as Winks nets outrageous 54-yard lob
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Tottenham 4-0 Ludogorets: Vinicius off the mark as Winks nets outrageous 54-yard lob

Two goals from Carlos Vinicius and a long-range strike from Harry Winks helped Tottenham to a big win over Ludogorets in the Europa League. Carlos Vinicius scored twice as Tottenham claimed a comfortable 4-0 win over Ludogorets and edged closer to a place in the Europa League knockout stage. Brazilian striker Vinicius, on a season-long loan from Benfica, netted for Spurs for the first time with two clinical finishes in a one-sided match on Thursday. But the pick of the goals belonged to Harry Winks, as a spectacular long-range effort drifted over Ludogorets goalkeeper Plamen Iliev from 53.7 yards, before Lucas Moura added a fourth with a crisp finish.
Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Has Drafted In Four Youngsters For His Side’s Europa League Trip To Molde
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Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Has Drafted In Four Youngsters For His Side’s Europa League Trip To Molde

ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta has drafted in FOUR youngsters for his side’s Europa League trip to Molde. After struggling in the Premier League, Mikel Arteta is set to give youth a chance in Europe. Most recently, the Gunners slipped to a 0-0 draw at Leeds after Nicolas Pepe was sent-off for a headbutt. In their previous match, they were thumped 3-0 by Aston Villa. Arsenal now sit 12th in the Premier League table after their horror start to 2020-21, scoring just nine goals in nine games. However, the Gunners have won all three of their opening Group B fixtures in the Europa League – while averaging three goals per game. And having beaten Molde 4-1 at the Emirates earlier this month, Arteta is seemingly confident he can win in Norway with a youthful XI. The Arsenal chief ha...
Arsenal 4-1 Molde: Willock seals it after own goals lift Gunners
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Arsenal 4-1 Molde: Willock seals it after own goals lift Gunners

Molde took a surprise lead at Emirates Stadium, but Arsenal fought back to make it three Europa League wins from three. Joe Willock capped an impressive display with a late strike after two own goals helped Arsenal fight back to score a 4-1 win over Molde in the Europa League. Martin Ellingsen's long-range strike gave the Norwegian champions a shock lead at Emirates Stadium on Thursday, but Kristoffer Haugen turned into his own net just before the break. Substitute Sheriff Sinyan also scored at the wrong end before Nicolas Pepe drilled home, and Willock added a fourth late on as a much-changed Arsenal raised their game in the second half.
Leicester City 4-0 Braga: Iheanacho scores twice as Foxes take control of group
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Leicester City 4-0 Braga: Iheanacho scores twice as Foxes take control of group

Brendan Rodgers' men extended their perfect start in the Europa League by thrashing their main rivals for top spot in Group G. Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice as Leicester City moved clear at the top of their Europa League group with a 4-0 win over Braga. Starting in place of Jamie Vardy up top, the Nigerian produced a fine individual performance, netting in either half and setting up substitute Dennis Praet for the third. Another impressive performer, James Maddison, then rounded off a comfortable victory with a goal late in the second half.
Milan 0-3 Lille: Ibrahimovic subbed off as Yazici hat-trick halts Rossoneri’s unbeaten start
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Milan 0-3 Lille: Ibrahimovic subbed off as Yazici hat-trick halts Rossoneri’s unbeaten start

  Zlatan Ibrahimoavic was taken off after an hour as Milan slumped to their first defeat of the season, with Yusuf Yazici starring at San Siro. Milan's unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt after 11 games as Yusuf Yazici's hat-trick secured an emphatic 3-0 victory for Lille in the Europa League. Inspired by the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who already has eight goals to his name – Stefano Pioli's side have made a wonderful start to 2020-21. But Ibrahimovic, who was subbed off in the 62nd minute, failed to lift the Rossoneri in a dismal showing at San Siro, with Yazici running the show.
Benfica 3-3 Rangers: Nunez levels it late as Gerrard’s men squander two-goal lead
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Benfica 3-3 Rangers: Nunez levels it late as Gerrard’s men squander two-goal lead

  Benfica's Darwin Nunez scored in stoppage time to deny Rangers a 10th consecutive win in all competitions. Darwin Nunez scored a stoppage-time equaliser as Rangers squandered a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at 10-man Benfica and see their 100 per cent start in Europa League Group D come to an end on Thursday. Steven Gerrard's side triumphed against Standard Liege and Lech Poznan in their opening two games, but they got off to a poor start at the Estadio da Luz as Connor Goldson diverted a low cross into his own net after just 60 seconds. They powered back before half-time, though, taking ruthless advantage of Nicolas Otamendi's straight red card for a professional foul through an own goal from Diogo Goncalves and a fine strike from Glen Kamara.
Ludogorets 1-3 Tottenham: Kane scores 200th goal in routine win
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Ludogorets 1-3 Tottenham: Kane scores 200th goal in routine win

Harry Kane scored one and set up another in his 45 minutes on the pitch against Ludogorets, reaching 200 Tottenham goals in the process. Harry Kane scored his 200th Tottenham goal in a comfortable 3-1 Europa League victory over Ludogorets at the Huvepharma Arena on Thursday. Captaining the team on his 300th appearance in all competitions, Kane became the third Spurs player to score a double century of goals when he headed in Lucas Moura's corner in the 13th minute. The England international and Lucas then reversed roles for the latter to double the scoring after the half-hour mark, with Jose Mourinho's decision to make seven changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Royal Antwerp in their previous Group J outing paying dividends.
Victor Osimhen sees first career red in Napoli win
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Victor Osimhen sees first career red in Napoli win

Victor Osimhen was shown a red card after two bookable offences in Napoli’s 1-0 triumph over Real Sociedad in Thursday’s Europa League clash. The Nigeria international received a first red in his footballing career in the third minute of added time. He had initially picked his first yellow in the 81st minute. He then picked another ten minutes later, after elbowing Robin Le Normand while trying to control David Ospina’s goal kick. The 21-year-old record signing came on as a second-half substitute for Gennaro Gattuso’s side, as a Matteo Politano lone goal sealed the win for the Partenopei. Osimhen will now miss next week’s clash with Rijeka.
Jose Mourinho Furiously Rips Into Spurs Team After Royal Antwerp Defeat
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Jose Mourinho Furiously Rips Into Spurs Team After Royal Antwerp Defeat

    Jose Mourinho slammed his Tottenham team following their 1-0 defeat to Royal Antwerp, claiming he now has "easy choices" when naming his side. Spurs lost 1-0 to Antwerp in the Europa League as Mourinho made wholesale changes, drafting in the likes of Dele Alii and Gareth Bale. But Dele and Bale failed to complete 90 minutes as the Englishman was replaced at the break while the Welshman lasted just 58 minutes. That's the second time the midfielder has been substituted at half-time as he failed to take his chance to impress Mourinho. And speaking after the game, the Portuguese manager pulled no punches during a scathing rant. When asked about Dele's performance, he replied: "I don't want to analyse individually. "It's fair to say that players with bad pe...
Neymar limps off with injury during PSG’s Champions League clash with Istanbul Basaksehir
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Neymar limps off with injury during PSG’s Champions League clash with Istanbul Basaksehir

The winger lasted just 26 minutes in his side's second group stage match before being replaced by Pablo Sarabia Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was forced out of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Istanbul Basaksehir as the Brazilian star limped off with an injury. Neymar was forced off inside half an hour in Instanbul with match still scoreless as PSG faced the Turkish side in the second match of the group stage The winger was forced out after 26 minutes, having previously come off the pitch a few minutes earlier due to an apparent injury.
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Inter: Lukaku scoring streak ends in Kiev stalemate
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Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Inter: Lukaku scoring streak ends in Kiev stalemate

Romelu Lukaku was unable to add to his scoring streak as Inter, who twice hit the crossbar, were held by Shakhtar Donetsk. Inter remain without a win in Champions League Group B after they were held to a goalless draw by Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday. Antonio Conte's men thumped the same side 5-0 two months ago in last season's Europa League semi-finals but were unable to find a way through at the Kiev Olympic Stadium. Romelu Lukaku had scored in nine straight European matches for Inter and came closest to making the breakthrough, his free-kick being pushed onto the bar by Anatolii Trubin.
Conte: Lukaku and Lautaro must improve to be compared to the greats
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Conte: Lukaku and Lautaro must improve to be compared to the greats

The Nerazzurri duo are in fine form this season but the coach says they must do even more if they are to be compared to the best Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez can still improve as Inter prepare to face Shakhtar Donetsk once again. The Nerazzurri made light work of Shakhtar in their previous meeting, winning 5-0 in the Europa League semi-final in August. Lukaku and Martinez each scored twice in that emphatic victory in Dusseldorf as they became the first Inter striker duo to hit at least 20 goals each in a single season since Adriano and Obafemi Martins in 2004-05.
Mesut Ozil’s agent says Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has ‘failed to be honest’ about player.
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Mesut Ozil’s agent says Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has ‘failed to be honest’ about player.

Mesut Ozil's agent has inclined up the playmaker's debate with Arsenal by asserting Mikel Arteta has not been honest about the purposes behind banishing him from the squad. It appears to be sure Ozil has played his last game for Arsenal after he was discarded from their Premier League and Europa League squad this month. On Wednesday Arteta said he had "fizzled" Ozil, who has not highlighted since March, by not getting the best out of him yet Ozil's camp are determined that his nonattendance is inferable from factors past exhibitions in preparing or games. "Arsenal fans merit a legitimate clarification, not [Arteta] saying: 'I failed Özil,'" said Erkut Sogut, Özil's delegate, in a meeting with ESPN. "You didn't bomb Özil: you neglected to be reasonable, legit and straightforward a...
Ceballos back in contention for Leicester clash as Arsenal provide injury update
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Ceballos back in contention for Leicester clash as Arsenal provide injury update

The Spanish midfielder missed the midweek trip to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League after taking a knock to his ankle Dani Ceballos has returned to training and is back in contention for Arsenal ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game against Leicester City. The Spanish midfielder sat out the Gunners’ 2-1 Europa League win over Rapid Vienna in midweek after picking up a slight knock to his left ankle. On Saturday, an injury update from Arsenal confirmed Ceballos is “now back in full training and available for selection”.
UEFA Allows Five Substitutes In Champions League And International Matches
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UEFA Allows Five Substitutes In Champions League And International Matches

UEFA will allow up to five substitutions to be made by teams in all European club and international matches this season, it announced on Thursday, although a decision has yet to be reached for next year’s European Championship. The decision announced following UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting in Budapest, applies to this season’s Champions League, Europa League and women’s Champions League, as well as the remainder of the Nations League, the qualifying play-offs for Euro 2020 and qualifiers for the next women’s European Championship. “Another decision” will be made for the finals of Euro 2020, which were postponed to June and July next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The change comes after several national team coaches called on UEFA to allow five substitutions in ...
Tottenham Advance To Europa League Play-off After Scare
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Tottenham Advance To Europa League Play-off After Scare

Son Heung-min scored one and set up two as Tottenham advanced to the Europa League play-off round after a scare against Shkendija in North Macedonia. Son, who scored four goals against Southampton last Sunday, turned provider to set up Argentine Erik Lamela to calmly score the opener. Joe Hart, who was making his Spurs debut, was beaten by a stunning 20-yard finish by Valmir Nafiu. But Son drilled the second before setting up Harry Kane for the third. It was a decent performance by Jose Mourinho's side, who meet Maccabi Haifa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the play-off round next Thursday. However, they went from dominating the tie to hanging on before two goals in the space of nine minutes put the game out of Shkendija's reach. Soon after Nafiu's wonderful equaliser f...
‘Covid Had The Courage To Challenge Me’ – Ibrahimovic Says
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‘Covid Had The Courage To Challenge Me’ – Ibrahimovic Says

The enigmatic Swedish striker is the only member of playing and coaching staff at San Siro to have posted a positive test. An enforced break means that Ibrahimovic will play no part in Milan’s upcoming fixtures. A statement from the Serie A club on their official website read: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for Covid-19 following a second round of swab tests ahead of tonight's Europa League qualifying game against Norwegian side Bodø/Glimt. “The club has informed the relevant authorities and the player has been promptly placed in quarantine at home. “All other team members and staff have tested negative.” Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a productive opening to the 2020-21 campaign for Milan. He has made two appearances so far, scoring three goals. He opened his account for the ...
Ighalo’s Goal Against LASK Voted 3rd Best In Europa League
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Ighalo’s Goal Against LASK Voted 3rd Best In Europa League

Manchester United's Odion Ighalo (centre-left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match at Linzer Stadion, Linz. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images) UEFA technical observers voted Odion Ighalo’s goal for Manchester United against LASK among the strikes in the Europa League last season. Ighalo scored the goal in Manchester United’s Round of 16, first leg tie against LASK at the Linzer Stadium in March which they won 5-0 The Nigerian forward controlled a pass from Bruno Fernandes and juggled the both with both feet, before unleashing a powerful left-foot drive in the top corner. The goal was eventually voted third behind Ruben Neves’ goal for Wolves against Espanyol and Claudiu Keseru’s left-foo...
Inter Milan Board to Decide Conte’s future after Losing Europa League Final
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Inter Milan Board to Decide Conte’s future after Losing Europa League Final

Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has admitted he may not be at the club next season. Conte enjoyed a fine season with the Serie A side, finishing second in the league and runners-up in the Europa League. Speaking to Sky Italia after a 3-2 defeat to Sevilla in Friday’s final, Conte hinted it might have been his last game in charge. “We’re going to meet next week with the club and we’ll decide about my future. I’m not sure that I’ll be the Inter manager next season, we’ll decide together. “Inter will plan the future with or without me,” he said. Conte’s future has been in doubt since the Serie A season ended, after he criticized the club’s directors.
Man United Score From A Record Penalty To Qualify For UEL Semi-Finals
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Man United Score From A Record Penalty To Qualify For UEL Semi-Finals

Manchester United needed an extra-time penalty from Bruno Fernandes to finally see off a spirited FC Copenhagen and set up a potential Europa League semi-final against Wolves.They have now won 21 penalties in all competitions this season - the most for any side in Europe's top five leagues United were poor for much of the first half in the heat of Cologne but still had a penalty overturned and a goal ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side improved and dominated the second half but could find no way past inspired goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson, with Fernandes and Mason Greenwood also each hitting the post and Marcus Rashford having another effort disallowed. Fernandes finally broke through in familiar style, keeping cool to drive in United's 21st...
Europa League: Bruno Fernandes Leads Goal Scoring Chart as Lukaku Breaks two Records
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Europa League: Bruno Fernandes Leads Goal Scoring Chart as Lukaku Breaks two Records

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes is now the leading goal scorer so far in the Europa League with seven goals (five with Sporting Lisbon, two with Man United). The Portugal international scored the only goal in Man United’s 1-0 victory over Copenhagen after 120minutes in the last-8 final tie on Monday night to qualify Man United to the semi-final, where they will face the winner between Wolves and Sevilla. Since the beginning of the 2019/20 Europa League, Fernandes has had a direct hand in 21 goals (13 goals, eight assists) in the tournament – more than any other player this term. Meanwhile, Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, broke two Europa League records after scoring a goal in his side’s 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the last-8 final tie on Monday nigh...
Europa League: Teams Man Utd, Inter Milan will Face in Semi-finals Revealed
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Europa League: Teams Man Utd, Inter Milan will Face in Semi-finals Revealed

Manchester United will face the winner of the Europa League quarter-final tie between Wolves and Sevilla in the last four. The Red Devils on Monday night defeated a spirited FC Copenhagen side 1-0. The only goal of the match came in the 97th minute of play, after both teams failed to score within regulation time. Inter Milan emerged as the second semi-finalist in the other game of the night. Nicolo Barella and Romelu Lukaku gave the Serie A side a two-goal lead within 23 minutes. Although Kai Havertz pulled one back before the break, the match ended without any more goals. Inter await the winner between Basel and Shakhtar Donestk.
Ole Gunner Solskjaer Singles Out one Manchester United Player after Copenhagen Win
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Ole Gunner Solskjaer Singles Out one Manchester United Player after Copenhagen Win

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, singled out Juan Mata for praise following their 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen on Monday night. The Red Devils are now through to the semi-finals of the Europa League, where they will face either Wolves or Sevilla. Mata was introduced from the bench in extra time, as Solskjaer’s men struggled to break down the Danish side after 90 minutes. The Spaniard helped to break the deadlock, by setting up Anthony Martial who was fouled in the penalty area. Bruno Fernandes stepped up and scored the only goal of the game in the 97th minute. “You saw when he came on he’s so composed, calm,” Solskjaer said. “He can pick a pass. He is such a great influence in the dressing room. I can just commend him for his professionalism. “Of cou...
Europa League: All the Teams that Have Qualified for Semi-finals so Far
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Europa League: All the Teams that Have Qualified for Semi-finals so Far

On Monday night, two clubs confirmed their places in this year’s Europa League semi-finals. They are Inter Milan and Manchester United. Inter Milan beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, thanks to two goals from Nicolo Barella and Romelu Lukaku. Kai Havertz did score a goal for the Bundesliga side. Man United defeated FC Copenhagen 1-0 after 120 minutes, thanks to Bruno Fernandes’s penalty goal. The remaining two last-4 finalists will be decided on Tuesday night. Shakhtar Donetsk will face Basel, while Wolves will tackle Sevilla.
Europa League Fixtures: Man Utd, Inter Milan in action as Quarter-finals Begin
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Europa League Fixtures: Man Utd, Inter Milan in action as Quarter-finals Begin

The Europa League quarter-finals kick off on Monday. This year, teams that have qualified for the last eight, will play in a mini-knockout tournament in Germany. Each team plays a one-legged tie instead of the regular two for a slot in the semi-final. On Monday, Inter Milan take on Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United face FC Copenhagen. Wolverhampton Wanderers clas with Sevilla on Tuesday, while Basel play Shakhtar Donetsk. The semi-finals will be played on August 16 and 17. MONDAY, AUGUST 1020:00 Inter vs Bayer Leverkusen20:00 Manchester United vs FC Koebenhavn TUESDAY, AUGUST 1120:00 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel20:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sevilla
Man Utd vs Copenhagen: Solskjaer to be Without Three Players for Europa League Clash
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Man Utd vs Copenhagen: Solskjaer to be Without Three Players for Europa League Clash

Manchester United have confirmed that their head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will be without three players when they take on Copenhagen in the Europa League last-8 fixture at RheinEnergieSTADION in Germany on Monday night due to injury. The players are Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe. Man United head to the game after knocking out LASK from the Europa League round of 16 second-leg tie at Old Trafford last Wednesday. Meanwhile, providing an update on Jones’s injury, Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference as quoted by Man United’s official website: “Phil has been following an individualized training programme during the post-lockdown period to optimize recovery from a knee problem. “It was a good opportunity as we had sufficient cover in defensive position...
Arsenal Board Reach Decision to Sell Utility Player Despite Arteta’s Plea
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Arsenal Board Reach Decision to Sell Utility Player Despite Arteta’s Plea

Arsenal board have decided to sell utility player, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, this summer despite a plea from manager, Mikel Arteta, to keep the 22-year-old, according to The Telegraph. Arteta had appeared to deem Maitland-Niles surplus to requirements but the player’s end-of-season form, where he featured in the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City, convinced the Spaniard that he had a future at the North London club. The former Man City assistant coach made this point to Arsenal hierarchy, but the club is under pressure to raise cash this summer and have overruled his decision by putting Maitland-Niles up for sale. Arteta is believed to have also made the case that Maitland-Niles could prove crucial for Arsenal’s Europa League campaign next season. However...
‘Man Utd is in My Blood’ – Jesse Lingard Reacts to Europa League Victory
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‘Man Utd is in My Blood’ – Jesse Lingard Reacts to Europa League Victory

Manchester United midfielder, Jesse Lingard, has reacted to his side’s Europa League 2-1 victory over LASK on Wednesday night. Lingard and Anthony Martial scored for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as they defeated LASK on 7-1 aggregate to qualify for the Europa League quarter-final. The England international said the club is in his blood, adding that he loves playing for the Red Devils. “Of course, you take confidence from goals,” Lingard told BT Sport. “I wanted to add goals this season, and I started and scored, so hopefully now I can carry on throughout the rest of the Europa League. “When you are not in the right mental state, football takes your mind away from everything. “I love playing football, enjoy football and, of course, Man Utd is in my blood. I love playin...
Arsenal Players Set for Showdown with Club after 55 Staff are Sacked
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Arsenal Players Set for Showdown with Club after 55 Staff are Sacked

Arsenal’s players feel ‘betrayed’ and want to hold talks with the club’s hierarchy, over the decision to propose 55 redundancies to staff, according to The Athletic. The North London club on Wednesday announced that financial struggles caused by COVID-19, will result in some of their non-playing staff being let go this month.  The playing squad and manager took a 12.5 per cent pay cut in April, to safeguard the economic future of the club. However, some of Arsenal’s first-team players are disappointed in the club, as they believed their voluntary wage cut was going to help save jobs. The Gunners’ highest-earner, Mesut Ozil who is on a £350,00-a-week contract, had refused to take the pay cut due to a lack of assurances of where the money was going. The players ...
Solskjaer Names Squad for Europa League Clash Between Man Utd and LASK
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Solskjaer Names Squad for Europa League Clash Between Man Utd and LASK

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has named a 30-man squad for Wednesday’s Europa League home game against LASK. Phil Jones makes the cut, despite being sidelined since the restart. However, Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe are left out after suffering long term injuries. Youth-team skipper, Teden Mengi is on the list, along with fellow defender, Ethan Laird, who has already made two appearances in the competition this season. Ethan Galbraith is one of 11 midfielders in the squad. Solskjaer’s men are almost certain to qualify for the quarter-finals, going into the game with a 5-0 lead from the first leg. FULL SQUAD Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Nathan Bishop. Defenders: Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Phil Jones, Etha...
‘Arsenal can’t let Aubameyang become another Ozil’ – FA Cup hero compared to Henry by Keown
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‘Arsenal can’t let Aubameyang become another Ozil’ – FA Cup hero compared to Henry by Keown

The former Gunners defender is looking for bosses at Emirates Stadium to make a definitive decision on the future of the talismanic frontman Arsenal cannot allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract saga to mirror those of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, says Martin Keown, with the Gunners urged to make a definitive decision on the future of a striker he thinks is proving to be comparable with Thierry Henry. The prolific Gabon international proved he belongs in illustrious company when netting the match-winning double in the FA Cup final against Chelsea. His efforts at Wembley, which saw him convert from the penalty spot and net a stunning solo strike, mean that Arsenal will have continental competition in the Europa League next season.
Aubameyang avoids Future Question but Arteta Optimistic Arsenal’s FA Cup Hero will Stay
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Aubameyang avoids Future Question but Arteta Optimistic Arsenal’s FA Cup Hero will Stay

The Gabonese striker netted twice to help the Gunners overcome the Blues at Wembley and was eager to steer clear of contract talk afterwards. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang refused to be drawn on his future after netting a match-winning brace for Arsenal in the FA Cup final. The Gabonese striker underlined his value to the Gunners cause with two goals against Chelsea on Saturday. Mikel Arteta’s side have continued to look to their captain for inspiration throughout the uncertainty surrounding his contract situation. Aubameyang is yet to agree an extension to a deal at Emirates Stadium that now has less than 12 months to run. The 31-year-old has remained coy on his plans, with plenty suggesting that major silverware would be required in order for a prolific presence to put pe...
Man City’s £9m Fine to be Shared among Man Utd, Chelsea, Others
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Man City’s £9m Fine to be Shared among Man Utd, Chelsea, Others

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are set to benefit from Manchester City’s £9million (€10m) UEFA fine, following the Court of Arbitration’s (CAS) ruling on Monday. UEFA had banned City from European football for two years following alleged breaches to Financial Fair Play (FFP). Following this historic victory, the ban will no longer be imposed while the €30m fine has been reduced to €10m (£9m). According to the UEFA ruling, this money will now be shared out among clubs in the Champions League and Europa League competitions, who have adhered to all rules set out. This means the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea will receive small monetary boosts as a result. This mirrors a situation from six years ago, in which City was fined £50m by UEFA for the F...
Tottenham vs Arsenal: Jose Mourinho Reacts to 2-1 Victory
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Tottenham vs Arsenal: Jose Mourinho Reacts to 2-1 Victory

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has reacted to his side’s 2-1 victory against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday evening. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for Mikel Arteta’s men in the first half before Son Heung-min equalised for Spurs two minutes later. Toby Alderweireld then scored a late second-half goal to give Mourinho’s men all three points against the Gunners. Mourinho said his players did everything he asked them tactically and emotionally. He also said that he was proud of his player’s performances against the visitors, adding that they now need to fight for the Europa League spot. “The way the match was, everybody forgot that [about the less time to prepare],” Mourinho told a post-match press conference after the game. “They did...
Solskjaer hails fearless Greenwood as Man Utd front three excel after Premier League restart
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Solskjaer hails fearless Greenwood as Man Utd front three excel after Premier League restart

The 18-year-old has scored four goals in his last three appearances and the Norwegian coach is relieved to have him as the campaign heats up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed by the fearlessness Mason Greenwood has shown in attack for Manchester United this season. The 18-year-old has scored 16 goals for the Red Devils in all competitions and has been in particularly good form in the last two weeks, netting four times in three games to help Solskjaer's men stretch their unbeaten run to 10 matches. The campaign is growing more intense for United as they continue to fight for a place in next season's Champions League and remain in contention for the FA Cup - facing Chelsea in the semi-finals next Sunday - as well as the Europa League.
Solskjaer Names Players that will miss Tottenham, Man Utd Clash
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Solskjaer Names Players that will miss Tottenham, Man Utd Clash

Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has named the players that will miss his side’s away Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night. According to Solskjaer, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are not ready to play against Jose Mourinho’s side because they are yet to get full match fitness due to injury. “Yeah we have got a couple of injuries,” Solskjaer was quoted by Man United’s official website as saying. “Axel will probably be missing, and Phil Jones will be missing [Man United’s clash against Tottenham]. Apart from that, I would say everyone else is available for selection.” He added: “During Pre-season you want to give everyone a chance, everyone the same opportunity to stake a claim for the team. “Eve...
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Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said he is expecting Paul Pogba to “gradually improve” as he plays more with a few games left this season. Pogba has managed only eight appearances in all competitions this season, after undergoing ankle surgery in January. However, the Frenchman is fit and ready to play again, with United eyeing a place in the top four and silverware in the Europa League and FA Cup. The 27-year-old will however find plenty of competition for places after impressive performances from Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay, that saw Solskjaer’s side go unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions before the COVID-19 break. “I want the same from Paul as from all the others. Paul is one of the best midfielders in the world so ...
Werner refuses to play in Champions League for RB Leipzig
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Werner refuses to play in Champions League for RB Leipzig

The Bundesliga outfit are already through to the quarter-finals of the European competition, but the forward does not want to play any further part Timo Werner has indicated that he is unwilling to return to RB Leipzig in August in order to complete his side's Champions League run after Chelsea agreed to meet his buyout clause of £54 million ($68m) ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge next season. The 24-year-old is due to complete the Bundesliga season in just 11 days time, but he is not willing to come back and play in Europe despite Leipzig having reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time after their last-16 win over Tottenham. UEFA wants to complete both the Champions League and Europa League in August once league seasons have been finished across the cont...
Bosnich Urges Manchester United to Retain French midfielder,Pogba
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Bosnich Urges Manchester United to Retain French midfielder,Pogba

The former Red Devils goalkeeper still believes the World Cup winner has an "integral" role to play in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad Paul Pogba is "one of the best players in the world" and "near impossible to replace", according to Mark Bosnich, who has urged Manchester United to keep hold of the French midfielder. Pogba returned to United for a second spell from Juventus in an £89 million (£112m) deal back in 2016, becoming the most expensive signing in the club's history in the process. He has since racked up 143 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 31 goals, while also getting his hands on the Europa League and Carabao Cup. However, the 27-year-old has so far been unable to inspire United towards Premier League or Champions League success, amid persistent struggles for f...
‘Excited’ Rashford says he is fit and ready for Man Utd’s Premier League return following back injury
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‘Excited’ Rashford says he is fit and ready for Man Utd’s Premier League return following back injury

The England striker has been out of action since January but is now ready to help the Red Devils' push for Champions League qualification Marcus Rashford says he is fit and raring to go as Manchester United prepare for the return of the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side return to action with a trip to Tottenham on June 19, their first competitive game since their 5-0 Europa League win over LASK on March 12. Rashford has missed their last 13 games with a back injury which at one point had looked likely to end his season.