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Europa League: Ahmad On Target As Man Utd and AC Milan Draw

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Simon Kjaer grabbed a last-gasp equaliser to give AC Milan a dramatic 1-1 draw at Manchester United after Amad Diallo scored his first goal for the hosts in the Europa League last 16 first leg on Thursday.


Kjaer netted with a bullet header in the final seconds of stoppage time at Old Trafford.

The Milan defender’s late intervention spoiled a memorable moment for Ivorian teenager Diallo.

In only his third appearance for United, Diallo gave a glimpse of the potential that persuaded the Premier League club to pay £18 million to sign him from Italian side Atalanta in January.

Just five minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute, the 18-year-old put United in front with a superb header.

Legends including Paolo Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Wayne Rooney and Ronaldinho have all featured in previous clashes between United and Milan.

While it is far too soon to place Diallo in that company, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope that scoring with his first ever effort on goal bodes well for the much-hyped youngster’s future with the club.

At 18 years and 243 days, Diallo is the fourth youngest player to score for United in a major European competition, after Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and George Best.

“Perfect timing, perfect little weight on the flick. Great moment for the kid,” Solskjaer said.

While Diallo’s headline-grabbing act was significant, it wasn’t enough to help United build on the momentum from their 2-0 win at Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

With United 14 points behind City, the Europa League and FA Cup represent their best hopes of winning the first trophy of Solskjaer’s reign.

“You’re always disappointed when you concede a goal in that manner,” Solskjaer said.

“One minute before full time is also disappointing but we’ve got to take that on the chin and just travel down there next week and go for it.

“We know we have to score a goal and win the game now, or score two and draw. It makes it more difficult.”

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Chukwueze Celebrates Europa League Trophy (Video)

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Super Eagles dazzler, Samuel Chukwueze was in a joyous mood after his Spanish club, Villarreal defeated Manchester United in the final of the Uefa Europa League 11-10 via penalty shootout, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

Chukwueze did not feature in the final after failing a late fitness test but he was cheering his team on in the stands as they won their first-ever European trophy.

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Chukwueze has made 12 appearances for Villarreal in the Europa League scoring one goal and recording five assists for the Yellow Submarines.

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Chukwueze Back In Villarreal Training Ahead Of Europa League Final

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Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze has resumed training for his Spanish Laliga club, Villarreal ahead of the Europa League final against Manchester United on May 26, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

The 21-year-old was stretchered off in the semi-final clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Yellow Submarines subsequently confirmed that he suffered muscular damage to the quadriceps in his left leg and he will be out for some weeks, but he has been pictured in training with his teammates on Wednesday.

Villarreal players in training on Wednesday

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Chukwueze was impressive in the first leg win over Arsenal in Spain assisting Manu Tigueros for the opening goal.

He was named in the Europa League team of the week as a reward for his scintillating performance against the Gunners.

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Chukwueze has made 12 appearances for Villarreal in the Europa League scoring one goal and recording five assists for the Yellow Submarines.

Manchester United are the overwhelming favourites to win the trophy, but Unai Emery is a proven winner in the Europa League having led Sevilla to three consecutive triumph in the competition.

 

 

 

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Chukwueze Doubtful For Europa League Final

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Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze is doubtful for the Uefa Europa League final against Manchester United after Villarreal confirmed that he has suffered a muscle injury, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

The 21-year-old was stretchered off in the second leg against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium which ended 0-0 and he faces a race against time to be fit for the showdown in Gdansk, Poland on May 26.

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Chukwueze played a pivotal role in the first leg in Spain which ended in a 2-1 win for Villarreal by assisting Manu Tigueros for the opening goal.

The Yellow Submarines have now confirmed that the former Diamond Football Academy star is expected to be out for weeks due to a muscle injury.

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“Medical tests carried out on Samu Chukwueze have confirmed muscular damage to the quadriceps in his left leg, which he picked up during the second leg of the Uefa Europa League semi-final against Arsenal FC,” the club statement read.

“The recovery time depends on the player’s progress.”

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Chukwueze has enjoyed an impressive season in the colours of Villarreal scoring three goals in his last four Laliga matches including a goal against Barcelona two weeks ago.

 

 

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