| Fernandes double helps Man United thrash Sociedad, Bale stars for Spurs

Bruno Fernandes scored twice as Manchester United romped to a 4-0 victory over Accurate Sociedad in their Europa League final-32 first leg on Thursday, while Gareth Bale impressed for Tottenham in a 4-1 thrashing of Austrian facet Wolfsberg.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United are all but into the final 16, with four ‘away’ dreams to take into the return sport in per week’s time, after the first leg was played in Turin as a consequence of coronavirus high-tail restrictions.

“We know 4-0 is a upright consequence but we must for all time be attentive to what they might per chance per chance make,” Fernandes told BT Sport. “My target is to ranking essentially the most dreams I can, that is my set. The entirely target is to catch trophies.”

The Premier League outfit grabbed the lead within the 27th minute when Fernandes pounced on a defensive mix-up to slot in from Marcus Rashford’s clipped dawdle.

Solskjaer’s males doubled their income 12 minutes into the 2d period as Fernandes stroked home his 21st goal of the season.

The hassle was in the beginning dominated out for offside sooner than the linesman’s option was overruled by VAR.

United continued to play at a trudge Sociedad might per chance not take care of and Rashford within the kill obtained his goal within the 65th minute following a blistering counter-attack started by goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

The tie was absolutely set to bed within the final minute of customary time as Daniel James raced certain and fired into the bottom nook.

Bale strikes

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett had stated on Wednesday the Wales winger was “in the direction of the cease of his occupation”, after Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho had puzzled the participant’s Instagram submit suggesting he was in upright health despite being unavailable for Spurs’ FA Cup defeat at Everton final week.

Nonetheless Bale notched his first Tottenham wait on since April 2013 to tee up Son Heung-min for the opening goal in Budapest against Wolfsberg, sooner than drilling within the 2d sooner than the half-hour mark.

A marvelous person strike from Lucas Moura prolonged Spurs’ first-half lead, and even supposing Michael Liendl pulled one reduction for the Austrians with a 2d-half penalty, the English club occupy one foot within the subsequent round after Carlos Vinicius’ 88th-minute goal.

“I occupy a if truth be told shut relationship with him (Bale),” stated Son. “I’m very gay he’s getting sport time and scored a goal and obtained an wait on. I if truth be told like taking half in with him.”

Mourinho has by no components lost a knockout tie within the opponents, which he won with Porto in 2003 and Man United in 2017.

Milan, Arsenal held

AC Milan, who have not reached the quarter-finals of any European opponents since the 2011-12 Champions League, needed to prefer for a 2-2 map at Crimson Enormous establish Belgrade.

Milan, who face Inter in a high-of-the-table Serie A derby on Sunday, were pegged reduction as Milan Pavkov netted a dramatic 93rd-minute leveller for Crimson Enormous establish, who played the closing stages with 10 males.

Arsenal teen Bukayo Saka continued his gentle season as his sixth goal of the campaign cancelled out Pizzi’s penalty in a 1-1 map against Benfica at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

“I have delight in I’m bettering every sport. I’m attempting to galvanize, attempting to be taught,” stated Saka. “I excellent are attempting to care for up progressing.”

Ligue 1 leaders Lille conceded twice within the final three minutes to lose 2-1 at home to Ajax.

Timothy Weah, son of broken-down Ballon d’Or winner George, set the French group forward with 18 minutes to play, but Dusan Tadic’s penalty and a goal from teenager Brian Brobbey set the Dutch champions on high after the first leg.

“It be upright that I scored but I’m not gay because we did not catch,” Weah told RMC Sport.

Leicester, sitting third within the Premier League, were held to a goalless map at Slavia Prague, but there was a range of excitement in assorted locations.

Bayer Leverkusen fought reduction from three dreams down entirely to lose 4-3 to Younger Boys in Bern, while Olympiakos beat PSV Eindhoven 4-2 in Piraeus.

Borna Barisic netted two penalties, along with the winning goal within the final minute, as Steven Gerrard’s Rangers snatched a thrilling 4-3 victory at Royal Antwerp.

Molde got right here reduction from 3-1 down to map with Hoffenheim, while Edin Dzeko’s early goal helped Roma to a 2-0 catch at 10-man Braga and Napoli lost 2-0 to Granada.

Europa League results on Thursday:

Closing 32, first legs

At Kiev

Dynamo Kiev (UKR) 1 (Buyalskiy 62) Club Brugge (BEL) 1 (Mechele 67)

At Piraeus, Greece

Olympiakos (GRE) 4 (Bouchalakis 9, M’Vila 37, El Arabi 45+2, Masouras 83) PSV Eindhoven (NED) 2 (Zahavi 14, 40)

At Bern

Younger Boys (SUI) 4 (Fassnacht 3, Siebatcheu 19, 89, Meschack 44) Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 3 (Schick 49, 52, Diaby 68)

At Krasnodar, Russia

Krasnodar (RUS) 2 (Berg 28, Claesson 69) Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 3 (Petkovic 14, 54, Atiemwen 75)

At Braga, Portugal

Braga (POR) 0 Roma (ITA) 2 (Dzeko 5, Mayoral 87)

At Prague

Slavia Prague (CZE) 0 Leicester Metropolis (ENG) 0

At Belgrade

Crimson Enormous establish Belgrade (SRB) 2 (Kanga 52-pen, Pavkov 90+3) AC Milan (ITA) 2 (Pankov 42-og, Hernandez 61-pen)

At Turin, Italy

Accurate Sociedad (ESP) 0 Manchester United (ENG) 4 (Fernandes 27, 57, Rashford 65, James 90)

At Budapest

Wolfsberg (AUT) 1 (Liendl 55-pen) Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 4 (Son 13, Bale 28, Lucas 34, Vinicius 88)

At Lille, France

Lille (FRA) 1 (Weah 72) Ajax (NED) 2 (Tadic 87-pen, Brobbey 89)

At Tel Aviv, Israel

Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR) 0 Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 2 (Alan Patrick 31, Tete 90+3)

At Granada, Spain

Granada (ESP) 2 (Herrera 19, Kenedy 21) Napoli (ITA) 0

At Villarreal, Spain

Molde (NOR) 3 (Ellingsen 41, Ulland-Andersen 71, Fofana 75) Hoffenheim (GER) 3 (Dabbur 8, 28, Baumgartner 45+4)

At Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg (AUT) 0 Villarreal (ESP) 2 (Alcacer 41, Nino 71)

At Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp (BEL) 3 (Avenatti 45, Refaelov 45+8, Hongla 66) Rangers (SCO) 4 (Aribo 38, Barisic 59-pen, 90-pen, Kent 83)

At Rome

Benfica (POR) 1 (Pizzi 55-pen) Arsenal (ENG) 1 (Saka 57)

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