Mancheser United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores opening goal against Saint Etienne in 2nd leg
Zlatan Ibrahimović, Mancheser United
EUROPA LEAGUE UPDATE: MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United defeat Saint Etienne in Europa League tie
Manchester United were back in Europa League action against AS Saint Etienne and held a 3-0 lead from the first leg going into the second leg away in France. On Wednesday, February 22, Manchester United traveled to play Saint Etienne at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in France in the second leg of their Europa League Round 32 tie.
Saint Etienne 0-1 Manchester United (agg: 0-4)
Man United breezed through a slow match into the next round of the UEFA Europa League. However Bailly’s red card means he will miss the first leg of the next round, while Mkhitaryan and Carrick left the field with injuries.
Ruffier; Malcuit, Perrin, Théophile-Catherine, Pogba; Pajot, Veretout; Hamouma, Saivet, Monnet-Pacquet; Besic Subs: Moulin, Lacroix, Roux, Seinaes, Intima, Pierre-Gabriel
Romero; Young, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Fellaini, Carrick, Pogba; Mata, Ibrahimovic, Mhitaryan Subs: De Gea, Rojo, Martial, Lingard, Rashford, Valencia, Schweinsteiger
Referee: D Aytekin (Germany)
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In the first leg of their Round 32 tie, Man United ended Saint-Étienne's ten-game unbeaten run in Europe this season, and United are favored to win the second leg. Former PSG superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has scored 17 goals in 14 matches against St-Étienne including a deflected free-kick, a tap-in and a penalty in United's 3-0 first-leg triumph.
Prior to losing their first leg Old Trafford match, St-Étienne were undefeated in ten European matches this season. They are still unbeaten in ten European home games but four of their five Stade Geoffroy Guichard fixtures this term have ended in draws, three of them goalless. European Cup runners-up in 1976, St-Étienne were eliminated in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 32 by Basel. Their best campaigns in this competition culminated in the quarter-finals in 1980 and 1981. United got to the last 16 in 2015/16, but the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League remains the only major UEFA trophy they have never won. Continental champions in 1968, 1999 and 2008, the Red Devils lifted the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991. United's Paul Pogba came up against his older brother, St-Étienne defender Florentin Pogba, in the 16 February first leg.
United's Ibrahimović enjoyed playing St-Étienne during his time in France; he scored 14 goals in 13 games against Les Verts in all competitions.
Before breaking through at Monaco, United's Anthony Martial signed his first professional contract with St-Étienne's main rivals, Lyon. His record in two matches against Les Verts with Monaco is D1 L1 – he struck in a 1-1 draw against St-Étienne in April 2015.
United reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero turns 30 the day of the second leg, 24 hours after defender Phil Jones's 25th birthday.
United's Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney played at St-Étienne's Stade Geoffroy Guichard in England's 0-0 draw with Slovakia at UEFA EURO 2016. Old Trafford team-mate Marcus Rashford was an unused substitute.
St-Étienne coach since 2009, Christophe Galtier steered Les Verts to French League Cup success in 2012/13. He had worked as assistant to Alain Perrin at St-Étienne prior to getting the top job. Originally a defender, he began his playing career at home-town club Marseille.
José Mourinho took over as United boss last summer. Having made his name winning the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League with Porto, he landed Europe's top club prize again with Internazionale Milano as well as three Premier League titles during two stints at Chelsea. In Mourinho's last foray in this competition, he guided Porto to the 2003 UEFA Cup final, where they edged Celtic 3-2 in Seville
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The Spurs host Gent tomorrow in a sold-out match at Wembley Stadium. You can still get great legal Tottenham v Gent tickets at LiveFootballTickets.com to watch the battle live on Thursday as the Spurs fight to overturn their first leg deficit after Mauricio Pochettino’s side are trailing from the Europa League first leg of their last-32 tie. The North Londoners’ are set to play in front of a capacity crown for a place in the next round! Tottenham set a new home attendance record of 85,512 for their UEFA Champions League loss to Bayer Leverkusen in October 2016 and will enjoy a full house in their support on Thursday, despite dropping into Europe's secondary cup competition. Pochettino is expected to name a strong side against the Belgians as he attempts to guide Spurs to their first major trophy since 2008. Tottenham have until the end of March to activate an option to play their home games at Wembley Stadium next season while work continues on their new 61,000 stadium. The Spurs plan to move into their new ground ahead of the 2018-2019 campaign but will be unable to stage fixtures at White Hart Lane during construction. Harry Kane is determined to make Wembley "home". Buy all Tottenham Hotspur tickets now securely online!
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Spain will be considered among the favorites this time around. Spain will attempt to be the first country to win consecutive World Cups since Brazil in 1962. Spain breezed through qualification in their group, the smallest in UEFA, going unbeaten with just two draws.
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England v Denmark - Friendly at Wembley Stadium
Denmark will be the first visitors to Wembley in 2014 when they clash with the England National Team.
England will take on Denmark on Wednesday 5 March, as part of the agreement that saw the Three Lions travel to Copenhagen in February 2011. Goals from Ashley Young and Darren Bent secured a 2-1 victory in the Parken Stadium in that match.
Overall England have the better record of the two sides, with eleven wins from 18 meetings, including a World Cup second round match in Japan eleven years ago.
The meeting will be Roy Hodgson’s first game of 2014, and his final chance to evaluate his England side before naming his provisional World Cup squad in May.
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Popular Brazilian Oscar sealed Chelsea's place in the fifth round of the FA Cup, scoring the only goal of the game against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.
Oscar delivered a brilliant freekick to see off Stoke.
"We played a very good game again. The 1-0 doesn't reflect the quality of our game and the dominance of our game," Mourinho said after the match.
"It's a bit of a contradiction because we played so well but we won with a free-kick. Normally when you play this well you win by scoring some amazing goals from open play. We had some fantastic play, individual choices, and very good collective movements against a team that is difficult.
"The freekick obviously makes us happy because Oscar dedicates some time every day after the normal training session to train on a specific thing. We hit the post twice, [Asmir] Begovic again showed how good he is. We had great shots, fantastic actions, great saves.
"The boys played very well but obviously in the last 10 minutes when we don't score the goal to kill the game everything is open with 1-0. They were direct and tried to put some pressure on us but we controlled the game from the first minute, and I'm happy not just with the victory but also the performance."
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