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West Ham qualify for Europa League as Man Utd win FA Cup

Manchester United's dramatic FA Cup win over Crystal Palace means that West Ham have qualified for next season's Europa League – the Hammers will play their home matches at the Olympic Stadium for the first time.


Emre Can trains for Liverpool ahead of schedule

Emre Can holds his injured leg during Liverpool's match against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield. Credit: PA

Emre Can's return to training this week has handed Liverpool a boost ahead of their crucial Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal.

The Germany international was expected to be sidelined for about a month after spraining ankle ligaments against Borussia Dortmund on April 14.

However, Can rejoined first-team training on Monday, just 18 days after sustaining the injury which resulted in him having to wear a protective boot and use crutches for several days.

The 22-year-old trained with all the players who did not start the 3-1 defeat to Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

No decision has been made yet on whether he will be available for Thursday's crunch tie with La Liga side, who come to Anfield holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg.


Braga edge past Sion to reach Europa League last 16

Braga edged into the last 16 of the Europa League after claiming a 4-3 aggregate victory over FC Sion.

Braga are the first team to reach the last 16. Credit: Reuters

Heading into the contest trailing 2-1 from the opening leg, Swiss outfit Sion breathed life into the tie when veteran forward Theofanis Gekas broke the deadlock after 16 minutes, latching onto Ebenezer Assifuah's cross before sending a neat backheel past Braga goalkeeper Matheus Magalhaes.

Braga hit back in the 27th minute when Josue scored from the penalty spot after Assifuah had handled in the area.

Gekas netted his second three minutes later, bundling in from close range after Magalhaes had produced a smart stop to keep out Assifuah.

Braga flew out of the blocks in the second half, with Nikola Stojiljkovic firing in from the middle of the box three minutes after the break to make it 2-2 on the night.

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