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Batshuayi’s World Cup dreams may not be dashed by ankle injury

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Borussia Dortmund lost a RevierderbyΒ and its lethal loan striker on Sunday, but Michy Batshuayi‘s initial negative outlook may have hope for the World Cup.

The Bundesliga club says Batshuayi, 24, may still pull on the Belgium strip in Russia this summer. He has six goals in 14 caps for the Red Devils.

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On loan from Chelsea, Batshuayi has nine goals in 14 appearances for BVB. He hurt his ankle against Schalke and needed to be stretchered off the pitch.

Batshuayi would theoretically be a candidate for a BVB transfer in the summer, but Chelsea’s presumed managerial change may breathe new life into his time at Stamford Bridge.

Batshuayi’s postmatch vibes were not solid.

Batshuayi doubts UEFA cares about racism after case dropped

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi questioned if UEFA cared about tackling racism on Thursday after European soccer’s governing body rejected his complaint that Atalanta fans subjected him to abuse during a Europa League game in Italy.

“LOL. Must be my imagination,” Batshuayi wrote on Twitter after The Associated Press broke the news of the UEFA verdict.

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The Belgium international, who is on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, tweeted after the February game: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands … really?!”

UEFA did not explain why it dropped the charge against Atalanta, announcing only that it decided “to close the disciplinary proceedings opened for racist or discriminatory behavior.”

There have been several incidents of racism at matches in Italy this season.

“It’s just monkey noise who cares?” Batshuayi tweeted on Thursday. “2018 guys”

UEFA did sanction Atalanta and Dortmund for other offenses by fans at the game.

Atalanta was fined 34,000 euros after its fans set off fireworks, threw objects, and blocked a stairwell.

German club Dortmund was fined 40,000 euros over the use of fireworks and the hurling of objects by supporters.

WATCH: Batshuayi cements BVB hero status, Pulisic nabs assist

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Michy Batshuayi scored a pair of goals in a thrilling Borussia Dortmund victory over Eintracht Frankfurt which featured stoppage time goals from both sides.

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Batshuayi scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time, two minutes after Danny Blum had pulled Frankfurt level as BVB won 3-2 on Sunday at Westfalenstadion.

Before that, BVB had answered an earlier Frankfurt equalizer as USMNT star Christian Pulisic returned to the Borussia Dortmund starting lineup on Sunday and worked a 1-2 with the club’s new favorite son.

Batshuayi scored that one just two minutes after Luka Jovic had scored for Frankfurt. Batshuayi has seven goals in eight appearances since joining BVB on loan from Chelsea.

Pulisic had been a sub for BVB’s last three league matches dating back to an 85-minute turn on Feb. 10 versus Hamburg. The 19-year-old American now has four goals and five assists this season.

BVB pulls into third place, a point behind rivals Schalke, and leaves Eintracht Frankfurt in fifth. The clubs entered the day level on points with 42.

Batshuayi racially abused by Atalanta fans

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.

LIVE, Europa League: Arsenal v Ostersunds; huge last 32 clashes

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The UEFA Europa League takes center stage on Thursday as the second legs of the Round of 32 take place.

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Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Lyon, Sporting Lisbon, Marseille, AC Milan, Athletic Bilbao and RB Leipzig are a few of the clubs who can breath relatively easily after big first leg wins, but with nothing to lose we could well see plenty of stunning comebacks as we’ve seen many times in this tournament over the past few years.

The long Premier League representatives left in the competition, Arsenal, have a 3-0 advantage over Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the second leg at the Emirates and although Arsene Wenegr is set to give plenty of youngsters a chance to play, he remains wary of a comeback as he prioritizes ahead of the League Cup final on Sunday against Manchester City.

In USMNT watch, Borussia Dortmund and Christian Pulisic head to Italy to play Atalanta in the second leg taking a slender 3-2 advantage with them after an incredible first leg which saw Michy Batshuayi grab another two goals to continue his heroic start to his loan spell from Chelsea.

Celtic head to Zenit with a one-goal advantage, while Lazio must overturn a first leg deficit and Napoli have plenty of work to do at Leipzig if they’re to make it through to the last 16.

One team has already made it through to the Round of 16 with CSKA Moscow edging by Red Star Belgrade 1-0 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Below is the full schedule for Thursday’s games (the first leg scores are listed after the kick off time), while you can click on the link above to follow the action live and we will have reaction and analysis from all the Europa League right here on Pro Soccer Talk.


Thursday’s Europa League Round of 32, second legs

Lokomotiv Moscow v. Nice β€” 11 a.m. ET (3-2)
Atletico Madrid v. Copenhagen β€” 1 p.m. ET (4-1)
Sporting Lisbon v. Astana β€” 1 p.m. ET (3-1)
RB Leipzig v. Napoli β€” 1 p.m. ET (3-1)
Villarreal v. Lyon β€” 1 p.m. ET (1-3)
Lazio v. FCSB β€” 1 p.m. ET (0-1)
Zenit Saint-Petersburg v. Celtic β€” 1 p.m. ET (0-1)
Plzen v. Partizan Belgrade β€” 1 p.m. ET (1-1)
Dynamo Kyiv v. AEK Athens β€” 1 p.m. ET (1-1)
Red Bull Salzburg v. Real Sociedad β€” 3:05 p.m. ET (2-2)
Atalanta v. Borussia Dortmund β€” 3:05 p.m. ET (2-3)
Arsenal v. Ostersund β€” 3:05 p.m. ET (3-0)
Milan v. Ludogorets Razgrad β€” 3:05 p.m. ET (3-0)
Athletic Bilbao v. Spartak Moscow β€” 3:05 p.m. ET (3-1)
Braga v. Marseille β€” 3:05 p.m. ET (0-3)