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Evening Ticker: De Gea injured, Bale and more


Before Manchester United even took the field for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League tie against Midtjylland, the Red Devils lost a key fixture in their starting-eleven before losing the match, 2-1.

After originally being pegged as United’s starting goalkeeper, David De Gea missed the match with an ankle injury suffered during warm-ups. There is no timetable for the Spaniard’s return. (REPORT)

Three Members of European Parliament have expressed their concerns to the European Commission over Gareth Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid from Tottenham. According to Football Leaks, Real Madrid reportedly paid over €100 million ($112 million) to complete the move to acquire Bale in 2013. (REPORT)

Saturday’s French Ligue 1 match between Nantes and Bastia has been postponed after violent encounters have broken out between police and fans. The match will be moved back to March 9. (REPORT)

Karim Benzema’s France national team ban has been lifted, allowing him to play with Mathieu Valbuena once more. The Real Madrid forward was alleged to have blackmailed Valbuena over a sex tape. (REPORT)

Wolfsburg defender Sebastian Jung reportedly suffered a torn ACL during Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League victory over Gent. Head coach Dieter Hecking said, “The injury is very bitter for us and Sebi. He had been enjoying a clear upward trend of late and he has proven how important he is for the team. We wish him a speedy recovery.” (REPORT)

Here are Thursday’s results from Europa League action:


  • Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Porto
  • Anderlecht 1-0 Olympiakos Piraeus
  • Midtjylland 2-1 Manchester United
  • Sevilla 3-0 Molde
  • Villareal 1-0 Napoli
  • St Etienne 3-2 Basel
  • Sion 2-1 Sporting Braga
  • Valencia 6-0 Rapid Wien
  • Augsburg 0-0 Liverpool
  • Sparta Praha 1-0 Krasnodar
  • Galatasaray 1-1 Lazio
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Schalke 04
  • Olympique Marseille 0-1 Athletic Bilbao
  • Sporting CP 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Can Manchester United recover this season? Will Benzema feature for France this summer? What do you think of Thursday’s Europa League results?

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