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NEW UEFA COMPETITION ANNOUCED

  A third European club competition with the working title 'Europa League 2' will be introduced from 2021. One English team will enter the play-offs of the new tournament, while Scottish sides may miss out on Europa League places in a reshuffle. As part of Uefa's 2021-2024 cycle, the Europa League will be

ARSENAL WIN TO TOP GROUP

A youthful Arsenal side scored three first-half goals to cruise past Vorskla Poltava in Kiev and secure top spot in Europa League Group E. The match had initially been in doubt because of security concerns in Poltava, but Uefa intervened and moved the tie to Ukraine's capital. Teenage forward Emile Smith Rowe

CHELSEA TOP EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP

Olivier Giroud scored twice as Chelsea saw off PAOK Salonika to secure top spot in Europa League Group L. The Frenchman curled home from Pedro's pass before burying a volley from Cesc Fabregas' lofted through ball to give the hosts a two-goal lead at the break. The Greek visitors had been down

HAZARD TO MISS CHELSEA EUROPA LEAGUE GAME

Eden Hazard will miss Chelsea's Europa League match against PAOK on Thursday with a minor injury, says Maurizio Sarri. The forward recently recovered from a back injury, but the Chelsea head coach says his star player has now sustained an ankle problem. However, Sarri is confident Hazard will be fit to return

Morata scores for Chelsea

Instead of celebrating, Morata, who has struggled for form, appeared downbeat after scoring the decisive goal to maintain the Blues' 100% start in Group L. "It's very important for him to score," Sarri said. "He played a very good match. I think Alvaro can restart from this performance. "If after a goal

Arsenal avoid Qarabag slip-up as Celtic fall in Austria

Unai Emery's Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 victory away to Azeri champions Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday, while Celtic slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Red Bull Salzburg. Sokratis bundled in a Nacho Monreal header on four minutes in Baku, with Arsenal academy graduate Emile Smith Rowe and French

VAR COMING TO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

EFA have announced that the Video Assistant Referees system (VAR) will be introduced for the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League and will be used for the play-off stage of the competition (August 2019). It was aIso decreed that the system will also be used at the 2019 UEFA Super Cup. UEFA plans

AGUERO EXTEND MAN CITY CONTRACT

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2021. Aguero, 30, joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 for a reported £38m. The Argentina international has played a major role in City's major successes since then, winning three Premier Leagues and

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