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UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first-leg hits and misses: Manchester United trash Real Sociedad as Benfica and Arsenal draw in Rome

Fernandes and Manchester United brutally expose Real Sociedad (0-4)

Manchester United beat Real Sociedad 4-0 at the Allianz Stadium in their Europa League round of 32 first leg thanks to a Bruno Fernandes brace and goals from Marcus Rashford and Daniel James.

The match had to be moved to Turin due to the Spanish government's restrictions on travellers entering the country from England. Nevertheless, the Red Devils were the better side from start to finish and grabbed a comfortable win to practically clinch qualification to the last 16.

La Real goalkeeper Alex Remiro denied Rashford twice in the first 20 minutes, but the England international teed up Fernandes who opened the scoring before the half an hour mark.

The Portuguese midfielder's second in the match came after the break, with a brilliant effort into the bottom right corner after James' assist.

Rashford managed to do what he failed to achieve in the first half and finally beat Remiro with an unstoppable strike to put the game to bed for the Red Devils.

James scored twice in the remaining minutes, but his first was ruled our for offside on Mason Greenwood in the build-up.

The two teams face will face each other again in the return leg of the Europa League round of 32 tie on February 25 at 21:00 CET.

Bale scores and assists in comfortable Tottenham win over Wolfsberger (1-4)

Gareth Bale produced an excellent performance to lead Tottenham Hotspur to a comfortable 4-1 first leg win against Wolfsberger at the Puskas Arena in the Europa League round of 16.

Son Heung-min opened the scoring for Spurs, with Bale and Lucas Moura netting before the break and Carlos Vinicius getting a later goal, after Michael Liendl had pulled one back from the spot.

The Real Madrid loanee set up Son, who headed home from close range, before Bale scored one of his own with a clinical finish from inside the box.

Wolfsberger tried to react after conceding the second, but Dario Vizinger's header went just wide and Moura finished the game off just after the half an hour mark.

Alexander Kofler produced a stunning save to deny Bale after the break and Wolfsberger pulled one back through Liendl who converted from the spot.

Two second half substitutes combined for the Spurs' fourth, as Erik Lamela assisted Vinicius who netted a late goal for the visitors.

The return leg between the two sides will be played on February 24 at 18:00 CET.

Red Star bag late equaliser against AC Milan (2-2)

AC Milan were dealt a Europa League shock when Red Star Belgrade bagged a 93rd minute equaliser in the first leg of their round of 32 tie, with the game ending 2-2.

The game swung in both directions with Radovan Pankov scoring an own goal, before Guelor Kanga equalised from the spot. Theo Hernandez bagged his own penalty to put the Rossoneri back in front. Yet with 10-men, after Milan Rodic picked up two yellow cards, Red Star levelled through Milan Pavkov.

As a result, there is everything to play for in the second leg of the Europa League tie, which will take place at the Stadio San Siro on February 25.

Milan were positive from the off and had the ball in the back of the net twice in the opening stages, though both goals were ruled out by VAR.

That mattered not as Milan got themselves in front just before the break, when Red Star defender Pankov turned a Samu Castillejo cross into his own net.

At the other end, Gianluigi Donnarumma was kept busy by the Red Star frontline, and they got their reward after being awarded a penalty for handball, which Guelor Kanga duly converted.

Pressure from the home side mounters on Milan, but a swift counterattack, started by Sandro Tonali, resulted in Theo Hernandez being brought down in the penalty area, with the left-back stepping up to score the spot-kick.

Things went from back to worse for Red Star when Rodic picked up his second yellow card and was thus sent off with just over 10 minutes remaining. But they rallied and were rewarded in the 93rd minute when Pavkov headed past Donnaruma.

Granada claim big win over Napoli (2-0)

Granada claimed a memorable 2-0 win over Napoli on Thursday evening in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.

Two first half goals from Yangel Herrera and Kenedy were enough for the LaLiga Santander side to claim a comfortable win at Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes on the night.

The biggest positive to take from the game though was that Granada managed to keep a clean sheet, meaning that a single goal in a week's time will leave Napoli needing four goals to progress.

Granada led before 20 minutes had been played, as Manchester City loanee Herrera turned in a Machis ball at the back post.

That lead was doubled just two minutes later, this time through Kenedy. Machis was again the creator, teeing up the Brazilian to fire a low shot past Alex Meret.

Napoli now have a mountain to climb at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, as Granada are yet to concede more than one goal in a European fixture.

Arsenal fight back to draw at Benfica (1-1)

Arsenal came from a goal behind to draw 1-1 away at Benfica on Thursday evening, taking an away goal back to London for the second leg on February 25.

The two goals were separated by just two second half minutes in Lisbon, as Bukayo Sako cancelled out Pizzi's opener.

Neither side were able to find a breakthrough in the first half, but Emile Smith Rowe gifted the hosts a chance after handling in a penalty area and picking up a yellow card.

Pizzi stepped up and, with a slight stutter in his run, he sent Berndt Leno the wrong way to finish coolly.

But the lead was short-lived and Arsenal levelled almost immediately. Cedric Soares got in on the right and squared for Sako to tap in. VAR checked the goal for offside, but after a delay it was allowed to stand.

Other results

Antwerp 3-4 Rangers                                                                                                  Slavia Praha 0-0 Leicester City                                                                           Dynamo Kyiv 1-1 Club Brugge
Crvena zvezda 2-2 AC Milan
Braga 0-2 Roma
Krasnodar 2-3 Dinamo Zagreb
Young Boys 4-3 Leverkusen
Olympiacos 4-2 PSV Eindhoven
Salzburg 0-2 Villarreal
Molde 3-3 Hoffenheim
Granada 2-0 Napoli
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0-2 Shakhtar
LOSC Lille 1-2 Ajax

Source: UEFA - Marca / Kostas Kostopoulos - David Schiavone - Conor Clancy

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