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Man United stroll into Europa League last 16

Friday, 2021-02-26 09:50:28
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Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 32 Second Leg - Manchester United v Real Sociedad - Old Trafford, Manchester, UK- February 25, 2021 Real Sociedad's Mikel Oyarzabal misses a penalty. (Reuters)
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Manchester United eased into the Europa league last 16 after a 0-0 home draw with Real Sociedad on Thursday completed a 4-0 aggregate win over the Spanish side in their round of 32 clash.

* Leicester City, who are behind second-placed United in the Premier League only on goal difference, were knocked out of the Europa League on February 25 after sliding to a 2-0 loss at home to Czech champions Slavia Prague.

* Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck a late winner as Arsenal dug deep to beat Benfica 3-2 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate to reach the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday (Feb 25).

* AC Milan progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League on away goals after struggling to a 1-1 draw at home to Red Star Belgrade on Thursday, with the visitors playing the final 20 minutes with 10 men as the tie finished 3-3 on aggregate.

* Gonzalo López Lauch is helping bring the late Diego Maradona back to life, one mosaic tile at a time. The visual artist, part of a group called Comando Maradona, unveiled on Thursday (Feb 25) a colorful mural of the Argentine player and legend who died on Nov 25 last year, sparking an outpouring of grief from Buenos Aires to Naples, Italy.

* Liverpool's Premier League title hopes are over and the main target now is to win the Champions League, forward Sadio Mane said. Liverpool ripped up the record books last season on the way to their first English top-flight title in 30 years, but a season marred by injuries and poor form has left the club sixth and trailing leaders Manchester City by 19 points.

* World number two Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Rotterdam Open due to a back injury, organisers of the ATP 500 event said on Thursday. The 20-time Grand Slam winner has been struggling with a back issue since the build-up to the Australian Open and was forced to skip Spain's ATP Cup ties earlier this month.

* CF Montreal's plan for Thierry Henry to lead a turnaround in the MLS club's fortunes ended abruptly on Thursday as the former French international stepped down as head coach after one season due to family issues.

* Italian champions Juventus on Thursday (Feb 25) reported losses of 113.7 million euros (US$139 million) for the first half of the current financial year, more than double the deficit for the same period the previous season largely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The latest figures compare to losses of 50.3 million euros in the first half of the club's 2019/20 financial year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.

* The Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) elected former England captain Charlotte Edwards as their first female president on Thursday. Edwards, 41, led England to World Cup success in 2009 and scored 10,000 runs across all formats in a playing career spanning two decades.

Reuters, CNA