Manchester United named Netherlands national team coach Louis van Gaal to succeed David Moyes as the record 20-time English soccer champion seeks to bounce back from this season’s slump.
Udinese, Rubin Kazan, Club Bruges and AZ Alkmaar claimed the last four spots in the Europa League round of 32 after they all tied their final group games 1-1.
Tournament favorite Manchester City and Manchester United opened the Europa League round of 16 with losses as all three remaining Spanish teams won.
Manchester City followed Manchester United out of soccer’s Europa League as Sporting Lisbon held off a late comeback to reach the quarterfinals, where it will be joined by three Spanish teams.
Athletic Bilbao rallied for a 4-2 win at Schalke in their Europa League soccer quarterfinal opener, while Atletico Madrid, AZ Alkmaar and Sporting Lisbon all won 2-1.
Louis van Gaal has reached a two-year agreement to become the next manager of Manchester United and will be named successor to David Moyes “within days,” according to the Daily Mirror.
The following is the draw for the quarterfinals of European soccer’s Champions League.
Australia midfielder Brett Holman reached an agreement to join Aston Villa from AZ Alkmaar at the end of the season, the Premier League team said.