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Europa League last eight offers heavyweight field

first_imgEven as the undercard for the double-bill that belatedly ends the European club season, the Europa League last eight, which kicks off in Germany on Monday, boasts a heavyweight lineup.Both Manchester United and Inter Milan are former Champions League winners and like Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Leverkusen have all won the secondary European competition in one of its formats, while Wolves reached the final in 1972.The competition has been reformatted after the European season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and like the Champions League in Lisbon, will be decided in single knockout matches, all behind closed doors, in Dusseldorf, Cologne, Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen. Final on August 21 in Cologne The quarter-finals will be played on Monday and Tuesday when temperatures along the German Rhineland are forecast to reach the mid-30s Celsius.Manchester United enter the tournament in strong form. They ended the Premier League season unbeaten in 14 games to claim third place and have lost only once since football resumed in June.Their last trophy was victory in 2017.  Quarter-finalsMonday, August 10At CologneManchester United (ENG) v FC Copenhagen (DEN)At DusseldorfInter Milan (ITA) v Bayer Leverkusen (GER)Tuesday, August 11 At GelsenkirchenShakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Basel (SUI)At DuisburgWolverhampton Wanderers (ENG) v Sevilla (ESP) Semi-finalsSunday, August 16At Cologne Wolves/Sevilla v Man Utd/CopenhagenMonday, August 17At DuesseldorfInter/Leverkusen v Shakhtar/Basel In Monday’s quarter-final they face Copenhagen, a club playing in their first European last-eight.The winner will play Wolverhampton or Sevilla, who meet on Tuesday.Sevilla are the Europa league specialists of the event, with five victories in the competition, all since 2007. They won the competition three years in a row, 2014-2016, under the leadership of Unai Emery.  Now coached by Julen Lopetegui, the Andalusians face Wolves in Duisburg where they beat Roma in a one-off Round of 16 on Thursday. In the other half of the draw, Inter Milan arrive in strong form having finished second in Serie A after ending the season with an eight-match league unbeaten run.They will face a Bayer Leverkusen side playing just 30 kilometers from home in Dusseldorf and boasting some of the most coveted young talent in Europe in Kai Havertz, a German attacking midfielder, and Moussa Diaby, a French winger. Both are 21.The winner will face either Shakhtar Donetsk, the 2009 winners, or Basel in the semi-finals. Fixtures for the latter stages of the UEFA Europa League in Germany (kick-off times 1900 GMT): Topics :last_img read more

Solskjaer to axe misfiring Man Utd flop

first_img Lingard failed to record a Premier League goal or assist in the whole of 2019. Loading… Jesse Lingard is facing the Manchester United axe. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan were so annoyed by his display in the 3-1 home loss to Manchester City on Tuesday that they hauled him off at half-time. Lingard, 27, was anonymous as toothless United were mauled by their bitter rivals in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg. Solskjaer has publicly protected Lingard during his year-long dip in form. But after United fell 3-0 behind at half-time against their noisy neighbours, his patience snapped. It is understood Phelan was particularly vocal about Lingard’s inability to follow instructions. There were cheers as Lingard’s substitution was announced to the crowd — and it is likely he will be replaced by Juan Mata for Saturday’s visit by Norwich.Advertisementcenter_img Read Also:Inter Milan make move for Man United defender Solskjaer had claimed Lingard was getting back to his best — despite him having an awful game in the 2-0 away defeat to Arsenal on New Year’s Day. He was subbed after 58 minutes at the Emirates. Lingard’s contract runs until the end of next season and he is reported to be using agent Mino Raiola, who has caused problems with his handling of Paul Pogba. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?World’s Most Delicious Foods10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careerslast_img read more