Alexis Sanchez scores Manchester United’s opener against AC Milan. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

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Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck appealing for a penalty at the Emirates Stadium, London. Photograph: PA

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Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck is fouled and wins a penalty during the  Europa League round of 16 second-leg match against AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  Nigel French/PA Wire

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Aaron Ramsey scores Arsenal’s  second goal in the Europa League round of 16 first  leg against AC Milan  at the San Siro stadium. Photograph:   Alberto Lingria/Reuters

AC Milan 0 Arsenal 2 After all the weeks of swimming against the tide, the games when their heads dipped, their bodies felt heavier, Arsenal grasped (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi made sure that his neighbours wouldn’t be making a racket. Photograph: Reuters

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Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during their 2018 World Cup playoff second leg with Sweden. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

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Jonathan Lunney cuts a dejected figure after Ireland’s 2-0 defeat to Italy. Photograph: Kostadin Andonov/Inpho

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