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    Chest Pain Forces Szczesny Out of Europa Clash with Sporting

    Juventus have confirmed that Wojciech Szczesny was fine after he left Thursday’s Europa League clash against Sporting complaining about chest palpitations.

    The former Arsenal number one left the pitch in tears after 44 minutes of a quarter-final first-leg tie that Juventus won 1-0.

    But Juventus quickly reported that the Poland international was well, posting on Twitter: “After a first check, everything is OK for Tek (Szczesny).”

    Juventus secured a narrow lead to take to Portugal next week when Federico Gatti struck from close range after 73 minutes.

    Manchester United threw away a commanding lead against Sevilla as late Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire own goals saw the first leg end in a chaotic 2-2 draw.

    Marcel Sabitzer’s quick-fire first-half brace put United in control and Antony shook the woodwork as they sought a deserved third.

    But United lost their way in the final quarter and Sevilla halved the deficit six minutes from time when Malacia ended up turning former Manchester City player Jesus Navas’ cross into his own net.

    Maguire then diverted Youssef En-Nesyri’s off-target header past David De Gea in the second minute of stoppage time.

    There was more bad news for United with injuries forcing off centre-backs Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, with particular concern for the latter who pulled up in agony with no opponent around him and had to be helped from the field.

    Jose Mourinho’s Roma came unstuck with a 1-0 defeat away to Feyenoord.

    Mats Wieferr provided the winner after 53 minutes, driving Oussama Idrissi’s left-wing cross into the ground from 20 yards but with enough power to beat Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

    Roma, who lost England striker Tammy Abraham to a shoulder injury, were left to rue Lorenzo Pellegrini’s first-half penalty miss when the Italy midfielder struck a post.

    Bayer Leverkusen and Union Saint-Gilloise shared a 1-1 draw, Florian Wirtz equalising eight minutes from time after Victor Boniface had put the Belgian visitors ahead just after the interval.

    West Ham drew their first leg of their Europa Conference League quarter-final in Gent 1-1.

    Danny Ings converted Jarrod Bowen’s cross on the stroke of half-time for his first European goal of his career.

    But West Ham had to soak up Gent pressure in the second half and Hugo Cuypers’ thumping 56th-minute finish was the least the Belgian hosts deserved.

    Anderlecht boosted their hopes of meeting the winners of that tie in the semi-final as Michael Murillo and Majeed Ashimeru scored in a 2-0 home victory over AZ Alkmaar.

    In the same competition Terem Moffi struck twice for Nice in their 2-2 draw against Basel in Switzerland.

    Zeki Amdouni put Basel ahead from the penalty spot after 26 minutes but Moffi gave Nice a half-time lead. Amdouni’s header 19 minutes from time levelled matter.

    Fiorentina ran out comfortable 4-1 winners at Lech Poznan with Arthur Cabral, Nicolas Gonzalez, Giacomo Bonaventura and Jonathan Ikone on target with Kristoffer Velde replying for Poznan.

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