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Ajax, Celta Vigo and Lyon the hurdles for English Euro hopefuls

By Simon Peach

Joining Manchester United in today's draw for the last four of the Europa League are Ajax, Celta Vigo and Lyon.

Ajax secured a dramatic 4-3 aggregate win against Schalke despite being reduced to 10 men.

Schalke looked to have pulled off a sensational comeback after being 2-0 down following the first leg in Amsterdam.

They took a 3-0 lead on the night, only for two late extra-time goals to swing the tie in Ajax's favour.

Nick Viergever and Amin Younes scored the crucial goals for Ajax in the 111th and 120th minutes, after Daniel Caligiuri's headed goal in the first half of extra-time appeared to have won it for Schalke.

In Belgium, Pione Sisto's solo goal sealed Celta Vigo's place after they edged out Genk.

Holding only a narrow 3-2 lead from the home leg, Celta kept their opponents at bay with relative ease for more than an hour before Sisto fired them in front on the night with a thunderous strike from the edge of the area.

Leandro Trossard quickly pulled one back to leave the Belgians needing only one more to take the overall lead on away goals, but the visitors stood firm to make the last four.

French side Lyon were the last side to secure their last-four progression after a 7-6 sudden-death penalty shoot-out victory at Besiktas.

Talisca scored the opening goal of a pulsating match after 27 minutes before Alexandre Lacazette ensured Lyon, 2-1 up from the first leg, were back in charge of the tie with his fine finish moments later.

But Talisca added his second of the night shortly before the hour mark to take the game to extra time, and latterly penalties, only for Lyon to prevail after captain Maxime Gonalons converted the decisive spot-kick.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have confirmed keeper Manuel Neuer will be out for the rest of the season with a broken foot.

Scans have revealed the 31-year-old suffered a break to a metatarsal in his left foot in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid.

He picked up the injury during the build-up to Cristiano Ronaldo's third goal in the 4-2 loss at the Bernabeu, a result that knocked the Bavarian side out of the competition following a 6-3 aggregate defeat.

Neuer will not need to undergo surgery but will play no further part as Bayern look to secure a fifth successive Bundesliga title, with the club also in the hunt for back-to-back German Cups.

The Bundesliga leaders currently sit eight points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig with five matches remaining, while they face Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal semi-final.

Neuer said: "I am concentrating on getting back to full health as soon as possible."

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