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Europa League final in Baku: Far from the pitch and a long way from home – the surreal final

Europa League final in Baku: Far from the pitch and a long way from home – the surreal final

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The next time Uefa wants to take a showpiece club final to a new footballing outpost, they could always try the moon.It cannot be that much more inaccessible than Baku proved to be for UK-based Chelsea and Arsenal fans, and the atmosphere will surely be better than it was at the half-empty Olympic Stadium on Wednesday too.Things did improve as a spectacle once the star man, Eden Hazard, decided to put his stamp on proceedings, but until then it seemed that this would be a final that reflected its build-up - unhappy, and strangely surreal. One of the few chants before half-time that could be heard echoing across the covered-up athletic track that forms the perimeter of the pitch came from the ...
Chelsea beat Slavia Prague to reach Europa League semi-finals

Chelsea beat Slavia Prague to reach Europa League semi-finals

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Manager Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea's slow starts to the second half of matches are becoming a "big problem", after they were forced to withstand a Slavia Prague fightback before reaching the Europa League semi-finals.Chelsea were cruising at half-time with a four-goal aggregate lead before Petr Sevcik produced two sensational strikes as the nerves crept into a previously dominant performance at Stamford Bridge.The Blues also conceded early in the second half of their loss to Everton last month, as well in their victory against Cardiff on 31 March, while just last weekend Liverpool hit them with two goals in eight minutes at the start of the second period as they fell to a Premier League defeat at Anfield. ...
Chelsea 3-0 Dynamo Kiev: Callum Hudson-Odoi rounds off dominant display as Blues take control of Europa League last-16 tie

Chelsea 3-0 Dynamo Kiev: Callum Hudson-Odoi rounds off dominant display as Blues take control of Europa League last-16 tie

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all over? The Ukrainian side have a mountain to climb after Chelsea took control at Stamford Bridge Chelsea are firmly in command of their Europa League last-16 tie after Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off a 3-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge. The 18-year-old came off the bench to potentially put the tie beyond the Ukrainian side before next week’s second leg. Hudson-Odoi rounded things off Pedro opened the scoring, capitalising on Olivier Giroud’s clever flick, before Willian doubled the lead with a wonderful free-kick. And a dominant-yet-wasteful Chelsea side got the scoreline their performance deserved with a moment for Blues fans to savour. The two academy graduates, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi, combined clinic...
Celtic 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg: Bhoys progress to Europa League knockout stages, despite Craig Gordon’s mistake

Celtic 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg: Bhoys progress to Europa League knockout stages, despite Craig Gordon’s mistake

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FOR THE BHOYS The keeper earned comparisons with Liverpool flop Loris Karius for his error Celtic are through to the Europa League knockout stages despite a 2-1 home defeat to Red Bull Salzburg in Group B. Brendan Rodgers’ men knew they could afford to get a draw and qualify as runners-up behind the already-qualified Austrian side. Brendan Rodgers applauds the home fans after the full time whistle However, the result in the Rosenborg and RB Liepzig game meant their 2-0 deficit would see them crash out. Craig Gordon’s intercepted throw was the pick of the goals, with fans comparing the Scot to Liverpool flop Loris Karius. But Tore Reginiussen’s equaliser for Rosenborg ensured the Scottish side did progress ...

Arsenal 0-0 Sporting Lisbon: Gunners reach Europa League knockout stages as Danny Welbeck sustains horrifying injury

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]Arsenal sealed their place in the last 32 of the Europa League after playing out a goalless draw at home to Sporting Lisbon. However, the generally flat contest was massively overshadowed by a worrying injury to Danny Welbeck in the first-half – Stephan Lichtsteiner also came off with a hamstring injury after the break. MORE […] talkSPORT