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Ighalo nets as Man Utd qualify for FA Cup semi-finals

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Manchester United have qualified for the semi-finals of this season’s FA Cup, thanks to a 2-1 win over Norwich City on Saturday.

Odion Ighalo gave the Red Devils the lead in the second half, reacting quickest inside the box to stab the ball past Tim Krul.

The hosts leveled through Todd Cantwell’s 20-yard effort, before going down to 10 men after Timm Klose was sent off.

However, with penalties looming in extra-time, Harry Maguire popped up to slide the ball past Krul.

United have now qualified for the FA Cup semi-final for the third time in six seasons.

The draw for the semi-finals will take place during half-time of the Newcastle vs Manchester City quarter-final on Sunday.

The semi-finals are scheduled to be played at Wembley and will take place across the weekend of July 18-19.

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Michael Obafemi dents Man Utd’s top-four hopes

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Manchester United missed the chance to go third in the Premier League as they hosted Southampton on Monday night.

Anthony Martial appeared to secure Manchester United a win over Southampton, but a last-gasp Michael Obafemi equalizer secured Southampton a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men went into the contest in fine form with four consecutive victories but struggled to control proceedings against resilient Saints.

Southampton pressed high all through the match which led to the visitors taking an early lead through Stuart Armstrong but United hit back, Anthony Martial teeing up Marcus Rashford for the equalizer before scoring his 50th Premier League goal to put the hosts in front.

United had chances to increase their lead but failed with Martial and Rashford missing key chances.

However, Obafemi scored from close range right near the end, leaving the Red Devils fifth in the table.

Manchester United can still achieve their Champions League target – they go to fourth-placed Leicester City on the final day of the season – but this result is a major blow for Solskjaer.

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Real Madrid may be crowned La Liga champions on Thursday

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Real Madrid needs just one more win to be crowned 2019/2020 La Liga Champions, after holding off aggressive Granada, to secure a vital 2-1 win away.

The victory restored the table-toppers four-point lead over Barcelona, setting up for them the chance to be crowned LaLiga champions on Thursday if they beat visiting Villarreal.

If they were able to see off Villarreal, Madrid would win just their second La Liga title in eight seasons and their 34th overall.

The victory over Granada at Los Carmenes on Monday was hard-fought and hard-won.

Goals from Ferland Mendy – his first for the club – and Karim Benzema gave Madrid a first-half advantage.

Mendy slammed home a brilliant finish from a tight angle to become the 21st Madrid player to score in LaLiga this season.

Benzema increased his top-flight tally this term to 19 as he made it 2-0.

Although Darwin Machis pulled one back five minutes into the second half, Madrid survived a couple of late scares to make it nine straight victories and edge closer to LaLiga’s title.

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Tottenham player Serge Aurier’s brother killed in France

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The younger brother of Tottenham defender Serge Aurier was killed in a shooting in Toulouse on Monday, according to a police source.

When emergency services arrived on the scene at 5:00 am local time (0300 GMT), the 26-year-old was injured in the abdomen and he later died in hospital, the fire service said.

A source close to the investigation said the gunman fled.

According to local radio, the victim was Christopher Aurier, who plays for French fifth-division team Toulouse Rodeo.

He came through the youth academy at Lens like his older brother, an Ivorian international and former Paris Saint-Germain full-back, but failed to break through at the highest level.

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