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English teams battling their way into the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League last night learned their fate in the competition as the draw to decide who will square off took place in Nyon today.

One of the three English sides left in the competition are guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals after arch rivals Manchester United and Liverpool were drawn to face each other in an all English clash. The first leg of that match will take place at Anfield on Thursday, March 10th.

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The English trio of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all advanced to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League, registering contrasting wins in their second leg ties. All three of the aforementioned clubs made the most of home comforts, though United did put their fans through the emotional wringer registering an incredible fight back with a decidedly third string side riddled with academy graduates.

Liverpool were up first and a James Milner penalty in the fifth minute was enough to send them through to the pre-quarter-finals at the expense of German side FC Augsburg, who battled valiantly but didn't really threaten enough to send any shocks around Anfield.

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Chelsea, West Ham United and Crystal Palace booked their spots in the sixth round of the FA Cup on Sunday with the first two of those sides recording thumping 5-1 wins, while the Eagles pulled off a major upset to advance at the expense of high-flying Tottenham Hotspur.

The marquee match of the fifth round was supposed to be Chelsea vs Manchester City, but unfortunately Manuel Pellegrini's decision to play a decidedly under-strength line-up took the joy out of the game for anyone who wasn't a Chelsea fan. Pellegrini, who had stated pre-match that the Champions League was a priority for the Citizens ahead of the FA Cup, named a team littered with youth players and despite holding on for the first half, was considerably over-run in the second.

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There aren't too many better ways to celebrate your 24th birthday, than grabbing a goal in front of a packed stadium which gives your team a much needed win, and Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen did just that netting an 83rd minute winner to put Spurs back ahead of Arsenal in second place in the race for the Premier League title, and delivering a massive blow to Manchester City's hopes of winning the crown.

After a dull first half that saw both team create only half-chances, Tottenham took the lead in the 53rd minute in highly controversial circumstances as Harry Kane netted a penalty after Referee Mark Clattenburg awarded Spurs a spot-kick for what he thought was a handball just inside the box from Raheem Sterling.

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Tottenham Hotspur have leapfrogged local rivals Arsenal into third place and stay very much in sight of Premier League leaders Leicester City after crafting a comfortable 3-0 win over a struggling Norwich City side at Carrow Road.

An early goal from irrepressible teen sensation Dele Alli and a brace from super striker Harry Kane kept Spurs on course for a strong finish to the season, putting Norwich to the sword and staying within sniffing distance of Leicester City and Manchester City ahead of the top two taking on each other this weekend.

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Chelsea are believed to have leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino if the London bookmakers are to be believed, with the Evening Standard reporting today that Chelsea are the new odds on favourites to sign the England youth international.

Tottenham had lodged multiple bids to sign Berahino in the summer transfer window, but were put off by West Brom's insistence that a £20 million fee be met for the 22 year old striker, an asking price which did not sit well with Spurs boss Daniel Levy.

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Swansea appoint Francesco Guidolin as new Head Coach

Relegation threatened Swansea City have added 60 year old ex-Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin as their new Head Coach. Guidolin will take charge of the team from tomorrow just a few weeks after Swansea legend Alan Curtis was named manager till the end of the season. Curtis it is assumed will report to Guidolin in the new club hierarchy.

Mignolet inks new long term deal

Like him or not Liverpool fans, you'll be seeing a lot more of Simon Mignolet in the years to come with the Reds tying down the 27 year old Belgian keeper to a new 5 year contract!

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