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Zlatan Ibrahimovic lifts Man United as Inter lose again in Europa League

Manchester United laboured to a 1-0 Europa League victory over Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford as Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home in the second half to seal the points for the below-par hosts.

United struggled to create clear-cut chances against their well-organised Ukrainian opponents, until Jose Mourinho brought on Wayne Rooney, who within moments was involved in the move that brought the 69th-minute breakthrough.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah found space on the right and pulled the ball back towards Rooney,...

 By PA Sport

West Ham held to draw in Romania as Sassuolo win in Europa League playoff

Mark Noble converted a penalty as West Ham managed a draw.
Mark Noble coverted a penalty but West Ham settled for a draw in Romania.

West Ham suffered more jitters against Astra Giurgiu as they were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League playoff on Thursday.

The Hammers, bidding to reach the group stages for the first time, looked set to take a 1-0 lead back to the London Stadium next week thanks to Mark Noble's penalty on the stroke of half-time.

However, Romanian champions Astra, who beat Slaven Bilic's side in last season's qualifiers, stunned the visitors again when sub Denis Alibec hit a late equaliser.


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UCL: Shakhtar, Olympiakos, Fener out as Celtic and Monaco reach playoff

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Paul Mariner think Carlo Ancelotti's UCL pedigree could make them favourites to win the tournament.

Shakhtar Donetsk, Olympiakos and Fenerbahce all crashed out of the UEFA Champions League in the third qualifying round on Wednesday, while Monaco, Ajax and Celtic got through to the playoff round.

Shakhtar will return to the Europa League this season, having reached the semifinals of the competition last campaign.

Yuya Kubo scored twice in a seven-minute span for Young Boys early in the second half to level the tie 2-2 on aggregate, before both Fred and Yaroslav Rakitskiy misfired in the shootout...

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UCL: Shakhtar Donetsk open campaign with win as Ajax draw

Ajax drew 1-1 at home to PAOK in the first leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

Shakhtar Donetsk began their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over Young Boys in the third qualifying round on Tuesday.

Bernard opened the scoring in the 27th minute, and the Swiss club's hopes of finding an own goal were dimed when Milan Vilotic was sent off with a second yellow card 10 minutes after half-time.

Yevhen Seleznyov added a goal in the 75th minute to give the Ukraine club a two-goal advantage ahead of the second leg.

BATE Borisov continued their quest to feature in the group...

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Shakhtar Donetsk appoint Paulo Fonseca as new coach

Paulo Fonseca won the Portuguese Cup with Braga.

Shakhtar Donetsk have appointed Paulo Fonseca as their new head coach in succession to Mircea Lucescu.

Portuguese coach Fonseca, who was born in Mozambique, has also coached Aves, Pacos Ferreira, Porto and Braga and joins Shakhtar on a two-year contract.

He won the Portuguese Super Cup in 2013 with Porto and the Portuguese Cup in 2016 when in charge of Braga.

Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov told the club website: "This is a young, ambitious and highly qualified specialist, who, I am sure, will...