Potential glamour ties for Spanish sides in Europa League quarter-finals

The Europa League draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the competition takes place on Friday. Eight teams are in contention, with two Spanish sides through to the next phase thanks to the progression of Valencia and Villarreal. They are joined by Arsenal, Chelsea, Napoli, Eintracht Frankfurt, Benfica and Slavia Prague. The first leg matches will be played on April …

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Arsenal join Chelsea in Europa quarters, Inter go out

  By Andrew Downie LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as his side beat Stade Rennes 3-0 to reach the Europa League quarter-finals and join Chelsea, who earlier on Thursday thrashed Dynamo Kiev 5-0 with a hat-trick from Oliver Giroud. But Inter Milan went out after a …

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Emery hails Arsenal’s strength under pressure

By Hugh Lawson LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Unai Emery hailed his side’s ability to cope under pressure after they came back from a 3-1 loss in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with Rennes to win 3-0 on Thursday and advance 4-3 on aggregate. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang …

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Bale is back in the Wales squad following his ankle discomfort

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been included in Ryan Giggs‘ 31-man Wales squad for the friendly against Trinidad and Tobago and the opening match of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Slovakia, following ankle discomfort that he picked up in the Champions League exit to Ajax. The 29-year-old was unavailable for Madrid‘s match away at Real Valladolid last Sunday due to the knock, but the idea …

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins the divorce with Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid. Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo. It was the perfect marriage as the two entities won four Champions Leagues in five years, reached eight consecutive semi-finals in the competition, celebrated many great European nights, as well as Ballon d’Or galas, but they separated paths last summer after reigning over Europe. The relationship between the two …

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Didn’t Griezmann want to match Messi and Ronaldo?

Antoine Griezmann has been determined to reach Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo‘s heights for some time, but the Frenchman couldn’t make an impact on Tuesday night’s Champions League match. Ronaldo, meanwhile, scored a hat-trick for his side as he delivered another memorable Champions League performance. Griezmann only had one shot and did little else. …

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