A look at what’s happening in European soccer with the first legs of the quarterfinals of theon Thursday:
GRANADA VS. MANCHESTER UNITED
Marcus Rashford is back with trained Wednesday and will travel for the Granada game. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Rashford could start but won’t play 90 minutes. Granada is playing in its first European campaign. Hosting seemed far-fetched when Granada began its Europa League season against Teuta in Albania in the second qualifying round in September. Still, the club from has come through 13 games, knocking out Napoli on the way.after he limped off against Brighton on Sunday. He
ARSENAL VS. SLAVIA PRAGUE
The buildup to thehas been dominated by allegations that Slavia defender Ondřej Kúdela racially abused Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in the last round. UEFA provisionally at Arsenal after opening proceedings on a racism charge. Scottish . Slavia said Kúdela was ill and wouldn’t have played anyway against Arsenal. For the North London club, it’s a chance to end a three-game losing run and take a big step toward reaching the Europa for the third time in four years. Fullback Kieran Tierney is out after damaging knee ligaments against Liverpool on Saturday.
AJAX VS. ROMA
Ajax could field 21-year-old third-choice goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen against Roma after veteran backup Maarten Stekelenburg injured himself in the warmup before Sunday’sover Heerenveen. André Onana was banned for a year in February in a . Defender Daley Blind is out after tearing ankle ligaments when playing for the Netherlands against Gibraltar, and striker Sebastien Haller is ineligible for the after Ajax failed to register him. Ajax is unbeaten in 24 . Roma is the last Italian or Europa League. The club is in seventh place in Serie A and could miss out on European competition next season after a disappointing with Sassuolo in its last match.
DINAMO ZAGREB VS. VILLARREAL
Coming off fivein all competitions, Villarreal enters the match with striker Gerard Moreno enjoying one of the best moments of his career. After scoring with Spain’s national team in a last week, he netted the first hat trick of his career in Villarreal’s 3-0 win over Granada in the Spanish league on Saturday. After surprising Tottenham in the last round, Zagreb is in its first European quarterfinal since the 1969-70 season.
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