Odegaard strikes as Arsenal earn 3-1 win at Olympiakos

by NDO12 March 2021 Last updated at 15:00 PM

Arsenal's Martin Odegaard celebrates scoring their first goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Olympiacos' Sokratis Papastathopoulos looks dejected. (Reuters)
Arsenal's Martin Odegaard celebrates scoring their first goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Olympiacos' Sokratis Papastathopoulos looks dejected. (Reuters)

VTV.vn - Arsenal took a big step towards reaching the Europa League quarter-finals when Martin Odegaard scored his first goal for the club in a 3-1 win at Olympiakos in the first leg of their round of 16 tie on Thursday (Mar 11).

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* Inter Milan's Arturo Vidal is set to be sidelined, with the midfielder due to have knee surgery on Friday, the Serie A pacesetters have said. The Chilean will have arthroscopic surgery at the Humanitas Institute in Rozzano, just south of Milan, to cure meniscal pain in his left knee, Inter added in a brief statement on Thursday.

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* Brisbane's bid to host the 2032 summer Olympics got the backing of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday, who told the International Olympic Committee all levels of government were firmly behind the candidacy.

* World champion Julian Alaphilippe won the second stage of the week-long Tirreno-Adriatico race on Thursday with an impressive kick in the uphill finish to Chiusdino. After the 202 km stage from Camaiore, the Frenchman held off Mathieu van der Poel, five days after the Dutchman beat him in the Strade Bianche classic.

* Roger Federer's comeback to the tour after nearly 14 months out ended with a 3-6 6-1 7-5 loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Qatar Open quarter-finals on Thursday (Mar 11). Georgian Basilashvili saved a match point in the final set and took advantage of a tiring Federer to reach the semi-finals.

* Roger Federer has pulled out of the upcoming ATP 500 event in Dubai after the former world number one lost in the Qatar Open quarter-finals on Thursday, his first tournament in more than a year.

* Manchester United forward Anthony Martial will undergo a scan after sustaining a hip injury during Thursday's 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at Old Trafford, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.


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