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Champions League roundup: Real, Leicester win; Pulisic goes 90 for Dortmund

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While both Premier League sides in action on Tuesday took points away from their UEFA Champions League matches, there were several other intriguing fixtures elsewhere in Europe’s top competition.

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Leicester City earned a key win to remain perfect in three matches, while Tottenham fought endlessly to preserve a point against Bayer Leverkusen.

[ MORE: Spurs hold off Chicharito, Leverkusen in Germany ]

Elsewhere, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund each earned victories of their own, and Juventus pulled out a late winner against Lyon.

Real Madrid 5-1 Legia Warsaw

With four different goalscorers and an own goal on the afternoon as well as three points in the bag, Tuesday’s result was everything Real Madrid could have wanted against their lesser opponent. Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio each scored for the hosts prior to halftime, while Lucas Vasquez and Alvaro Morata gave Real its fourth and fifth goals, respectively, on the other side of halftime.

Miroslav Radovic gave Warsaw temporary life in the 22nd minute when the attacker cut the Real lead to 2-1, however, it wasn’t his side’s day.

Sporting Lisbon 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

While U.S. international Christian Pulisic went the full 90 minutes for Dortmund, the German side was given everything it could handle against Sporting. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Julian Wiegl each found the back of the net for Dortmund in the first 45 minutes, while Bruno Cesar made things interesting for the hosts in the 67th minute.

Note: Pulisic hit the crossbar in the 78th minute, but the young attacker’s effort stayed out.

Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Tottenham

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez thought he had given his side the lead in the 48th minute but Hugo Lloris had other ideas as the Tottenham keeper narrowly kept the ball out of his net. Both sides had devastatingly close chances in the attacking third but the teams had to settle for a point apiece.

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Lyon 0-1 Juventus

Despite going down to 10 men early in the second half Juventus fought back and earned the win by way of Juan Cuadrado‘s finish 14 minutes from time.

Club Brugge 1-2 FC Porto

Andre Silva waited until about as late as possible to give Porto all three points, but the Portuguese side came away victorious nonetheless. After Jelle Vossen handed Brugge the advantage after just 12 minutes, second-half tallies from Miguel Layun and Silva

Leicester City 1-0 Copenhagen

Despite only taking eight points in as many matches in the Premier League, Leicester kept its unbeaten run alive in the Champions League on Tuesday. Riyad Mahrez cleverly finished Islam Slimani‘s nodded cross, and that was enough for the Foxes to remain firmly atop Group G.

CSKA Moscow 1-1 AS Monaco

Lacina Traore gave Moscow the lead in the first half, but Bernardo Silva’s late heroics earned the French side a share of the points to keep Monaco at the top of Group E.

Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Sevilla

Samir Nasri netted prior to halftime to give the Spanish side the lead, and the visitors simply never looked back from there.

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Who can Premier League clubs draw in Europa League?

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Group winners Arsenal and Manchester United will avoid a loaded batch of seeded teams, while runners-up Wolves can draw a bevy of powerful teams in the Europa League Round of 32.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo can find himself drawn against former club Porto, but also could have to match wits with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, Inter Milan’s Antonio Conte, or Red Bull Salzburg’s Jesse Marsch.

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Speaking of Marsch, the Salzburg boss could go from meeting Liverpool to squaring off with Steven Gerrard and Rangers.

Gerrard could also, of course, go up against hated playing days’ rival Manchester United.

Seeded teams
Inter Milan
Istanbul Basaksehir
Manchester United
Red Bull Salzburg

Unseeded teams
APOEL Nicosia
AZ Alkmaar
Bayer Leverkusen
Club Brugge
CFR Cluj
Eintracht Frankfurt
Ludogorets Razgrad
Shakhtar Donetsk
Sporting Lisbon

Who can Premier League teams draw in the Round of 32?

Arsenal: APOEL Nicosia, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, CFR Cluj, Ludogorets Razgrad, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Wolfsburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting Lisbon

Manchester United: APOEL Nicosia, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, CFR Cluj, Eintracht Frankfurt, Ludogorets Razgrad, Olympiacos, Rangers, Roma, Wolfsburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting Lisbon

Wolves: Ajax, Basel, Benfica, Celtic, Espanyol, Gent, Inter Milan, Istanbul Basaksehir, LASK, Malmo, Porto, Red Bull Salzburg, Sevilla

Four-star Manchester United wins Europa League group

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Manchester United is in fine feather and showing it, smashing AZ Alkmaar in a stylish 4-0 win at Old Trafford in Europa League play on Thursday.

Juan Mata had a goal and set up two others, while Mason Greenwood scored twice after Ashley Young opened the scoring in a group-claiming victory.

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United wins the group with 13 points, conceding just twice in six matches.

The Red Devils have won three-straight matches, as AZ joins Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the loss column. Up next is a Sunday visit from Everton in the Premier League before Wednesday’s League Cup quarterfinal visit from Colchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed starts to James Garner, Brandon Williams, and Axel Tuanzebe, bringing youngsters Ethan Laird and Tahith Chong off the bench.

Greenwood, 18, now has six goals in 22 senior appearances, while Mata, 31, gets on the score sheet for the first time this season.

For his career, the award-winning Spaniard is doing okay, though: 125 goals and 149 assists in 542 senior appearances.

Ljungberg hails ‘amazing’ teen Saka after game-changing performance

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Arsenal phenom Bukayo Saka‘s big day spurred the Gunners to a top seed in the Europa League knockout rounds.

Arsenal went behind on two deflected goals in the second half’s first 25 minutes, but Saka answered with a goal and an assist in three minutes to take a point from Belgium in a 2-2 draw at Standard Liege.

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Saka was at the heart of it of all good things Arsenal, the 18-year-old handed plenty of responsibility. despite his tender age.

“He was amazing,” said interim manager Freddie Ljungberg. “He was a bit upset with me before the game that he had to play wing-back and full-back. He’s a tremendous talent.”

Saka had four key passes to go with his goal and assist, winning six of eight duels while producing two tackles and an interception.

Ljungberg said Arsenal hasn’t sent its young players on loan enough, though that hardly applies to Saka given he was 17 until September.

The injured Gunners used Konstantinos Mavropanos, Emile Smith-Rowe, Joe Willock, and Reiss Nelson in the Starting XI, and brought Gabriel Martinelli off the bench.

“I feel sorry for our young players,” he said. “A lot of them haven’t been on loan, they’ve not had that exposure to men’s football. Some of them made mistakes but they’ll learn from those mistakes and won’t do them again.”

Smith-Rowe was loaned to RB Leipzig last season and Nelson starred on loan at Hoffenheim. Mavropanos played first team football for Greek Super League side PAS Giannina in his late teens.

Arsenal joins Premier League sides Wolves and Manchester United in the knockout rounds, having lost the Europa League final to rivals Chelsea at the end of last season.

The Gunners beat West Ham on Monday and host Manchester City at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday.

Arsenal uses thrilling comeback to win Europa League group

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Nothing Arsenal-related is allowed to be easy, it seems.

The Gunners used a goal and an assist from Bukayo Saka to come back from a two-goal deficit and draw Standard Liege 2-2 in Belgium on Thursday, winning its Europa League group when Vitoria came back to beat Eintracht Frankfurt on a wild afternoon of soccer.

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Arsenal trailed on second half goals from Samuel Bastien and Selim Amallah, but rallied behind Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette to score a second-straight win for interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.

Saka sent in a laser cross in the 78th minute and Lacazette did quite well to power it under the bar.

He’s loving this competition, having made a serious entrance earlier in the tournament versus Eintracht Frankfurt. The 18-year-old now has two goals and five assists across all competitions this season.

The Gunners needed just three more minutes to tie the score on a day they outshot the hosts 15-11.

Saka showed his nose for goal to tie the score five minutes later with a dribble to the top of the 18 and a sly finish to the keeper’s left.

This was all happening around the same time Vitoria scored twice in three minutes to take a 3-2 lead on Eintracht Frankfurt.

Standard Liege goes from the knockout rounds to nothing in a blink, while Eintracht goes from winning the group to second.

The field for the Europa League is looking fierce, with Inter Milan, Benfica, Ajax, Club Brugge, Olympiacos, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, and Red Bull Salzburg joining the competition via transfer from the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal joins Premier League sides Wolves and Manchester United in the knockout rounds, having lost the Europa League final to rivals Chelsea at the end of last season.

The Gunners beat West Ham on Monday and host Manchester City at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday.