Former champions League winner Marseille, Copenhagen, Athletic Bilbao and AEK Athens were among the eight teams to qualify for the knockout stage of Europa League on the final night of group matches on Thursday.Marseille advanced from Group I after a 0-0 home draw to group winner Salzburg.Bilbao clinched the top spot in Group J after a 2-0 victory at Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk.In the battle for second spot in Group H behind already-qualified Arsenal, Red Star Belgrade eliminated Cologne with a 1-0 victory.Earlier, Copenhagen and Lokomotiv both advanced from the tightly contested Group F after victories over Sheriff Tiraspol and Zlin, respectively.AEK needed a point and got it from a 0-0 draw at Austria Vienna to join AC Milan in the next phase from Group D.Two other clubs advanced from the early kickoffs, with Astana making it through from Group A after a 1-0 victory at Slavia Prague, and a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim proving enough for Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad to qualify from Group C.Sixteen clubs had already booked their places in the round of 32, which will also include eight third-place teams from the group stage of the Champions League.Elsewhere, already eliminated Everton recorded its first victory of the campaign, a 3-0 win at Apollon Limassol, courtesy of two first-half strikes by Ademola Lookman and another by Nikola Vlasic three minutes before the final whistle.The draw for the Round of 32 will be held on Monday.Here’s a look at Thursday’s Europa League action:advertisementEASY FOR ARSENALAlready certain to finish top of Group H, Arsenal completed the group stage with 13 points and a 6-0 rout of BATE Borisov.First goal since 2014 for @MatDebuchy ?First goal since 2015 for @JackWilshere ?First goal since September for @theowalcott ?Whose first-half goal did you enjoy the most?#AFCvBATE pic.twitter.com/0OQgNUWQ2H- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 7, 2017Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere all scored in the first half to put the outcome beyond doubt. Denis Polyakov made it 4-0 in the second half with an own goal before Olivier Giroud netted from the penalty spot for his 17th goal in his 40th appearance in European competitions. Mohamed Elneny finished BATE off with the sixth.Cologne has endured a miserable season at home after 11 losses in 14 games, and has only three points at the bottom of the Bundesliga.Europe is no consolation.Midfielder Slavoljub Srnic scored the decider in the 22nd minute for Red Star to join Arsenal in the next round with nine points.Cologne is eliminated with six points, followed by Borisov on five.That was @JackWilshere’s first goal for us since he did this against West Brom, 928 days ago ??? pic.twitter.com/CSbduf1X4X- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 7, 2017GATTUSO DEFEATEDCroatian champion Rijeka spoiled the European debut for Milan’s new coach Gennaro Gattuso with a 2-0 victory in Group D.A perfectly executed free kick by Jakov Puljic shocked the Italian powerhouse seven minutes into the game and Mario Gavranovic extended that lead two minutes into the second half.Milan, one of the competition’s favorites, had already secured top spot in the group with 11 points, three more than AEK, which drew its last five group stage games.Rijeka and Austria Vienna are eliminated.TIGHTEST GROUPPieros Sotiriou and Michael Lueftner scored in the space of three minutes early in the second half to help Copenhagen to a 2-0 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol and a place in the next stage. Group F had remained wide open until the last round of matches.A draw would have been enough for the Moldovan champions to make the next round for the first time.Aleksei Miranchuk scored in the 70th minute and Jefferson Farfan added another five minutes later for Lokomotiv to seal a 2-0 away victory over Czech side Zlin.Lokomotiv finished top of the group with 11 points, followed by Copenhagen two points behind. Tiraspol also finished on nine points but was eliminated by its head-to-head results.
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Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August, 22, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is moving to clear National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, of all criminal charges that were laid against him in Jamaica.Addressing a civic ceremony to commemorate the 130th birthday of Jamaica’s first National Hero, held at Lawrence Park, St. Ann, on August 17, the Minister said a Bill is being finalised that is aimed at absolving a number of iconic Jamaicans, including Mr. Garvey, of what she described as “acts of liberation”. The Bill will be presented to Parliament.“We continue to argue that Garvey’s actions were not criminal, but were acts of liberation with moral justification. The Bill should be brought to the House in October to absolve National Heroes, including Garvey, and other freedom fighters of criminal liabilities arising from their acts of liberation and connected matters. By including Garvey in this Bill, we are moving to ensure that his record will be totally cleared,” the Minister said.Ms. Grange said despite several failed attempts to get Marcus Garvey’s name cleared of criminal charges in the United States, the Government remains unrelenting in efforts to achieve that goal.“As a country, we have done a number of things to honour this great son of Jamaica and to remove the blots against his name… . We cannot give up this fight to clear his name,” the Minister emphasised.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said in bad and good times, Jamaicans can take courage from the work of the National Hero as well as the statue which stands tall in Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay.“Garvey’s statue looms large, and is a reminder of his influence on the world stage, a reminder of his determination, not just to uplift black people but to help us understand our innate power. In true Jamaican style, Garvey showed that nothing is impossible, despite opposition,” the Minister added.She praised Marcus Garvey for the role he played in influencing world leaders and power brokers to stop and take a look, not only at him and his work but at Jamaica, the country of his birth.The Minister said that the government of Namibia has advised the Jamaican Government that the main street in that country’s capital, Windhoek, will be renamed in honour of Marcus Garvey, with the ceremony set for later this year.
Pep Guardiola has declared Leroy Sane as the world’s best winger ahead of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup final with Chelsea on Sunday.The Germany international came off the bench on Wednesday to equalise for City against former club Schalke 04 in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash by scoring a superb free-kick from 30 yards out.Sane’s goal helped inspire 10-man City to a 3-2 comeback victory on the night and he will now be eyeing a starting spot at Wembley this weekend as the Citizens chase a second successive Carabao Cup.But opportunities at the Etihad Stadium have been a little harder to come by this season for Sane due to Bernardo Silva’s adeptness down the right wing and Raheem Sterling’s fine form.However, Guardiola holds Sane in very high regard and will not contemplate moving him down the middle.“Playing in the middle he can do it,” said Guardiola on the club website.“But I think he’s better out wide.“I’m not saying he can’t (play in middle) but at the moment we have better players to do that job.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But Leroy is best playing in the world out wide. I’d prefer to use him where he is strongest, he’s an incredible player.”The former Barcelona coach is well aware of the importance that this weekend’s cup final can have on his City team and is wary of a possible revenge-seeking Chelsea, who they thrashed 6-0 in the league on February 10.“It was really important [to win the Carabao Cup],” revealed Guardiola.“In the Premier League, we were flying in that period but in the days before, we went out of the FA Cup at Wigan.“It is not the most important title but we are here, playing at Wembley – a magical stadium, against a top side in Chelsea.“In the moment, I was so happy but today, I wish we hadn’t beaten them 6-0!“I don’t like to play one team in a short period of time, after you’ve beaten them. They are professional players and they will go extra.”The Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and City will take place at Wembley on Sunday with kick-off set for 5:30 PM (CET).GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 20: Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins-Arena on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)