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What to watch in European football this weekend: AC Milan wavering; unfinished business for Lionel Messi
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What to watch in European football this weekend: AC Milan wavering; unfinished business for Lionel Messi

A quick look at key points in European football over the weekend across LaLiga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Dutch Eredivisie.

Europa League: Willian Jose's late goal helps Real Sociedad qualify for knockout stage
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Europa League: Willian Jose's late goal helps Real Sociedad qualify for knockout stage

Sociedad were heading out of Europe as the final two matches of Group F headed into stoppage time, with Alkmaar set to go through in second place as the Dutch side were drawing at bottom side Rijeka and Napoli led in Naples thanks to Piotr Zielinski's fine first half strike

AZ Alkmaar writes to UEFA after losing automatic Champions League place to Ajax on goal difference
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AZ Alkmaar writes to UEFA after losing automatic Champions League place to Ajax on goal difference

When the KNVB cancelled the rest of the Dutch season, after it had been suspended in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ajax were leading AZ in the standings on goal difference.

KNVB's decision to call time on Eredevisie season met with anger; FC Utrecht preparing for legal action
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KNVB's decision to call time on Eredevisie season met with anger; FC Utrecht preparing for legal action

Utrecht likely will not be alone in challenging the decision that also said there would be no relegation and promotion between the country's two top leagues

Eredivisie: PSV Eindhoven hire Roger Schmidt as coach for next season, replace interim head Ernest Faber
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Eredivisie: PSV Eindhoven hire Roger Schmidt as coach for next season, replace interim head Ernest Faber

The 52-year-old Schmidt, who gained a reputation for encouraging energetic, attacking soccer at Red Bull Salzburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Chinese team Beijing Guoan, signed a two-year contract

Europa League: Arsenal suffer shock defeat against Olympiakos; Manchester United, Wolves advance into last 16 with emphatic wins
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Europa League: Arsenal suffer shock defeat against Olympiakos; Manchester United, Wolves advance into last 16 with emphatic wins

Arsenal suffered a shock Europa League exit to Olympiakos Piraeus on away goals after a 2-1 extra-time home defeat, while Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers cruised into the last 16 with emphatic aggregate wins.

Premier League: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backs resurgent team to battle for top four spot
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Premier League: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backs resurgent team to battle for top four spot

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said his side need time to develop but has backed them to fight for a top-four spot this season.

Europa League: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels his team is on the 'right track' after recent morale-boosting wins
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Europa League: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels his team is on the 'right track' after recent morale-boosting wins

United’s form has been patchy this season but, after climbing to fifth in the league and moving within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea after a five-game unbeaten run, Solskjaer backed his team to improve further.

Europa League: Teenager Mason Greenwood helps Manchester United cruise into last-32; Celtic down Lazio to progress
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Europa League: Teenager Mason Greenwood helps Manchester United cruise into last-32; Celtic down Lazio to progress

Mason Greenwood scored as Manchester United cruised into the Europa League last 32 with a 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford on Thursday, while Celtic stunned Lazio with a last-gasp goal in Rome to progress

Europa League: Gabriel Martinelli's brace helps Arsenal thrash Standard Liege; Manchester United held by AZ Alkmaar
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Europa League: Gabriel Martinelli's brace helps Arsenal thrash Standard Liege; Manchester United held by AZ Alkmaar

Arsenal teenager Gabriel Martinelli scored twice to spark a 4-0 rout of Standard Liege in the Europa League group stage on Thursday, while Manchester United stuttered to a goalless draw against AZ Alkmaar.

Europa League: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slams 'worst' AZ Alkmaar pitch ahead of clash
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Europa League: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slams 'worst' AZ Alkmaar pitch ahead of clash

The surface has prompted Solskjaer to leave Paul Pogba out of the squad because of an ankle knock. However, he said it could be a chance for some of his youngsters to stake their claims.

Heavy winds cause stand collapse at Dutch club AZ Alkmaar's AFAS stadium
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Heavy winds cause stand collapse at Dutch club AZ Alkmaar's AFAS stadium

The collapsed roof and shattered terracing at AZ Alkmaar means that the club's scheduled Europa League match at home to Mariupol of Ukraine on Thursday will be in doubt.

Ajax crowned Eredivisie champions for 34th time after 4-1 thrashing of De Graafschap, complete domestic double
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Ajax crowned Eredivisie champions for 34th time after 4-1 thrashing of De Graafschap, complete domestic double

Ajax were crowned Dutch champions for the 34th time on Wednesday after they cruised to 4-1 win at De Graafschap that completed a domestic double

Eredivisie: Robin van Persie to remain at Feyenoord for another year after title-winning season with boyhood club
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Eredivisie: Robin van Persie to remain at Feyenoord for another year after title-winning season with boyhood club

Feyenoord forward Robin van Persie has said he will play on for at least another season.

ISL 2017-18: Chennaiyin FC acquire services of Dutch winger Gregory Nelson for upcoming season
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ISL 2017-18: Chennaiyin FC acquire services of Dutch winger Gregory Nelson for upcoming season

Chennaiyin FC has signed Dutch winger Gregory Nelson for the 2017-18 season of the Hero Indian Super League.

Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen joins Turkish giants Fenerbahce on loan
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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen joins Turkish giants Fenerbahce on loan

The 23-year-old, who only scored twice in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur, will travel to Istanbul on Friday with a view to completing a loan switch for the rest of the season.

Premier League: Southampton sign Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt from Lazio
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Premier League: Southampton sign Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt from Lazio

Southampton signed Netherlands defender Wesley Hoedt from Lazio for a reported £15 million on Tuesday.

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal ends coaching career after family tragedy
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Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal ends coaching career after family tragedy

Former Manchester United and Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has ended his coaching career following a family tragedy, Dutch media reported on Tuesday.