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Milan seize Europa League final 16 edge at United as Tottenham, Arsenal shine

AC Milan’s Danish defender Simon Kjaer (L) celebrates scoring their first purpose to equalise 1-1 through the UEFA Europa League spherical of 16 first leg soccer match between Manchester United and AC Milan at Previous Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on March 11, 2021. (Photograph by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Simon Kjaer’s last-gasp equalizer gave AC Milan a dramatic 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Thursday, handing the Italians an important probability of reaching the Europa League quarter-finals whereas Roma, Tottenham and Arsenal cruised nearer to the last-eight.

Kjaer netted with a bullet header within the last seconds of stoppage time of the final 16, first leg encounter at Previous Trafford, leveling the scores after Amad Diallo had opened within the fiftieth minute along with his first United purpose.

“This can be a nice outcome, we performed rather well, confirmed persona and I believe we dominated,” the defender informed Sky Sport Italia.

Milan referred to as the photographs early on and had two objectives disallowed, Rafael Leao’s effort dominated offside and Franck Kessie’s highly effective Eleventh-minute end chalked off after a VAR overview confirmed the ball had glanced off the midfielder’s arm earlier than his shot.

Diallo’s introduction at half-time proved an impressed transfer from United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer because the 18-year-old Ivorian, lately purchased by United from Milan’s Serie A rivals Atalanta, quickly broke the impasse.

Bruno Fernandes unfurled a pleasant lengthy cross in direction of Diallo, who made an incisive run behind the Milan protection and looped a intelligent backwards header over Gianluigi Donnarumma.

However United did not construct on that lead and Milan’s clever play was rewarded with simply seconds remaining when Kjaer powered his header previous Dean Henderson from a nook.

Roma, Spurs, and Arsenal cruise

Milan’s home rivals Roma made positive it was a very good evening for Italian soccer with a 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Lorenzo Pellegrini prodded house the opener within the twenty third minute after latching on to Pedro’s by ball.

Shakhtar pressed for a leveler after the break however quick-fire objectives from Stephan El Shaarawy — his first for Roma since coming back from China — and Gianluca Mancini gave Paulo Fonseca’s aspect a powerful result in defend within the second leg.

The win can have been notably candy for Fonseca, who got here to Roma from Shakhtar in the summertime of 2019.

A Harry Kane double helped Tottenham Hotspur ease to a 2-0 house win over Dinamo Zagreb that continues a very good run of kind for Jose Mourinho’s crew.

Spurs have now gained their final 5 matches in all competitions because of Thursday’s victory in London.

“We had some ups and downs within the season however we come into an necessary interval now and it’s good to really feel the gamers are prepared to assist the crew,” stated Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

Arsenal additionally got here away with a win, 3-1 at Olympiakos which all however secures their passage into the quarters.

Martin Odegaard’s first Arsenal purpose was cancelled out by Youssef El-Arabi.

However two objectives in six minutes from Gabriel Magalhaes and substitute Mohamed Elneny earned victory.

Molde’s heartening European run seems to have come to an finish after a 2-0 defeat at La Liga aspect Granada.

Rangers, Ajax effectively positioned

Rangers are effectively positioned to make the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw away to Slavia Prague.

Filip Helander’s close-range end within the first half leveled Nicolae Stanciu’s excellent opener and left Steve Gerrard’s Rangers nonetheless within the hunt for a European trophy with the attract Prague, days after profitable their first Scottish League title in 10 years.

The spotlight of the match nonetheless was Allan McGregor’s gorgeous save close to the tip, the Scot someway stopping and holding on to Lukas Masopust’s thumping header, which seemed destined for the underside nook.

“I noticed it a wee bit late. It’s simply one among this stuff,” McGregor informed BT Sport.

“You react to it, you stick your hand out and hope it doesn’t go in, and it by no means, so comfortable days!”

4-time European champions Ajax are nearly assured a spot within the final eight after thumping Younger Boys 3-0 in Amsterdam by objectives from Davy Klaassen, Dusan Tadic and Brian Brobbey.

Villarreal additionally look good to make the quarters because of a 2-0 win at Dynamo Kiev.

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