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Europa League | Manchester United win, Arsenal draw

Granada 0-2 Manchester United Manchester United will take a two-goal lead back to Old Trafford, thanks to a sublime first half strike from Marcus Rashford and a Bruno Fernandes penalty. It wasn’t champagne football from United but Ole Gunnar Solskajaer will happy with the two-goal away advantage and a clean sheet. Marcus Rashford gave the visitors the lead just after the half hour mark after Victor Lindelöf launched an inch-perfect pass from deep inside his own half over the Granada defence for Rashford to chase. The Englishman timed his run to perfection and expertly controlled the ball before finding the bottom-right hand corner of the net. Fernandes, who has scored 19 out of 20 penalties for the Red Devils since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon, doubled the Red Devils' lead with a late spot-kick. The referee pointed to the spot after Granada substitute Yan Brice Eteki was adjudged to have obstructed Fernandes' run into the box following Alex Telles' cross. Fernandes assumed penalty duties and dispatched an excellent spot kick into the bottom left corner, with Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva unable to keep it out despite getting a hand to it. At the end of the first ninety minutes of this two-legged tie, it is advantage Manchester United.

Arsenal 1-1 Slavia Praha  A late Tomas Holes goal deep into injury has seen Slavia Praha come away with the awaygoal advantage against Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal took the lead through Nicolas Pepe four minutes from time, but were unable to hold on for a first-leg victory in North London. Pepe gave the Gunners the lead with an excellent finish, sprinting on to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's clever pass and dinking a delightful effort over Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar. However, the Czech visitors found themselves on level terms with deep into the third minute of stoppage time. Holes found the back of the net with a header after a shot from a corner deflected into his path via Arsenal goalscorer Pepe. The Europa League looks like Arsenal's only hoping of playing Champions League football next season but they will need to score twice at next week’s return leg if they are to make it to the semi-finals. In Croatia, a Gerard Moreno penalty gave Valencia a 1-0 away win against Dinamo Zagreb. Elsewhere, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Roger Ibanez were on target for Roma in a 2-1 win away at Ajax, with Davy Klaassen on the scoresheet for the Dutch giants.

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