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Barcelona's two goal hero Lionel Messi in action

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed to come back even stronger after suffering a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League last week.

Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo are likely to miss the rest of the season after scans revealed they both have suffered cruciate knee ligament injuries.

“First of all, thank you for all the support and love,” Ibrahimovic, United’s top scorer this season with 28 goals, wrote on his Instagram account on Sunday.

“It’s no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while. I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far I played with one leg so it shouldn’t be any problem.”

The 35-year-old Swede, whose contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season, said injuries will not decide his future in the game.

“One thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option,” he added.

United, who are fifth in the Premier League standings, face a challenging schedule including visits to Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

They also face Spanish side Celta Vigo in a two-legged Europa League semi-final next month.
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Emmanuel Macron

Belgian and Swiss media carried reports on Sunday saying that unidentified pollsters believed Emmanuel Macron would reach the French presidential runoff but that it was unclear who his opponent would be.

France’s official polling watchdog told Reuters last week that the country’s nine main pollsters had committed to refrain from carrying out exit polls and said anything purporting to reflect results before the last polling stations close at 8 PM in France (1800 GMT) could only be a rumour at best.

Pollsters also said they would not do exit polls from Sunday’s first round of voting.

All the Belgian media stressed that the findings, whose sources they did not disclose, were provisional and subject to change.

An hour before polls close, at which time French polling agencies will be allowed under national law to release forecasts of the first-round result, Belgium’s French-speaking public broadcaster RTBF forecast independent centrist Macron would secure first place, ahead of far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen.

The country’s two other leading French-language newspapers, Le Soir and La Libre Belgique, carried similar reports online, as did the Swiss newspaper Le Temps in Geneva. However, all four media said Le Pen’s lead over conservative Francois Fillon and leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon was too close to call.

The top two candidates will run off for the French presidency on May 7.
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Christian Benteke celebrates after netting twice against his former club

Two goals by Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke, who Liverpool sold to their opponents earlier this season, cost the hosts the chance to put pressure on the Premier League’s top two with a rare home defeat on Sunday.

Philippe Coutinho had put Liverpool ahead in the 24th minute with a direct free kick.

The home side dominated but conceded an equaliser just before halftime when Benteke, sold by Juergen Klopp in August, scored from a cross by Yohan Cabaye. In the 74th minute the Belgian stooped to head in a corner and win the game.

Klopp’s team stay third but are five points behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur having played two games more.

Palace, who have recently beaten Chelsea and Arsenal, moved up four places to 12th and should now be safe from relegation after a sixth win in eight games.

Wayne Rooney scored on his return to the Manchester United starting-line up as Jose Mourinho’s side enjoyed a 2-0 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday to close in on the top four.

The win moved United (63 points) to within a point of fourth-placed Manchester City ahead of the pair’s derby clash on Thursday and extended United’s unbeaten run in the Premier League to 23 matches.

After a week in which United lost top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Argentine defender Marcos Rojo to serious knee injuries, the return of Rooney to the side and to scoring form was a much need tonic.

Mourinho said was delighted with the way his players responded after their extra-time win against Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday.

“They were all phenomenal. Collectively we were very good, very strong, we coped very well with their qualities and we explored some spaces that they could find.

“Eric (Bailly) and Paul (Pogba) were heroes after two hours on Thursday and the other boys brought fresh legs and fresh brains and an important victory,” he added.

Rooney, who last started a game on March 4, was given the start for only the second time in 2017 with Mourinho opting to start with in-form 19-year-old Marcus Rashford on the bench.

The 31-year-old England international could have scored as early as the ninth minute when he had a close-range shot blocked by Ben Mee and Burnley keeper Tom Heaton was able to clear up.

Then Rooney was found on the left by Jesse Lingard but his lofted shot sailed just over the bar.

It was Rooney’s French strike partner Anthony Martial who opened the scoring in the 21st minute, breaking decisively from midfield and then finishing in style after swift exchange with Ander Herrera.

The goal will reportedly activate a clause in Martial’s contract where United must pay his former club Monaco around 8.5 million pounds ($10.89 million) when he reaches 25 goals for the club.

Rooney then made it 2-0, with his 251st goal for United, in the 39th minute, reacting well to poke home from close-range after Heaton had uncharacteristically failed to hold on to a low shot from Martial.

Burnley had plenty of possession in the second half but were unable to create any real chances apart from a diagonal shot from substitute Dan Agyei in the final moments.

United, happy to manage the game, had come close to a third in the latter stages when Pogba fired just wide of Heaton’s right-hand post after a strong run from midfield.

The result leaves the Clarets in 15th place, five points above the relegation zone with four games remaining and facing some pressure after Hull City and Swansea recorded wins on Saturday.

“There is still work to be done regardless,” said manager Sean Dyche. “You can’t expect to rely on others. We don’t. We know we have four big games coming and we want to take on all four.”
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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez gets the winner in extra time

Arsenal will play London rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 27 after beating Manchester City 2-1 following extra time in the semi-final at Wembley on Sunday.

Arsenal had to come from behind after Sergio Aguero scored his 30th goal of the season for City in the 62nd minute, racing away on to a pass from Yaya Toure.

Spanish international Nacho Monreal equalised nine minutes later, from a cross by Arsenal’s other wing back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

In the 11th minute of extra time, just after Aguero was taken off, Alexis Sanchez scored the winner.

The result gave manager Arsene Wenger, an FA Cup winner six times, a welcome boost in a season that many supporters would like to be his last at the club.

Arsenal seem likely to miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League for the first time in 21 seasons under Wenger but winning a third FA Cup in four years could well persuade him to defy his critics and sign a new contract.

Pep Guardiola’s record of having won at least one trophy in every one of his seasons as a manager is almost certain to be ended.

City trail league leaders Chelsea by 11 points with six games to play going into another big game on Thursday against neighbours and rivals Manchester United, who are fifth, one point behind them.

In his 50th City game, Guardiola picked an unchanged side for the first time and they were the more threatening in a dull first half despite having to replace the injured David Silva with Raheem Sterling.

Shortly before the interval they were unluckily denied a goal when an assistant referee ruled — incorrectly it appeared — that Leroy Sane’s cross had drifted out of play before Aguero and then Sterling both put the ball past Petr Cech.

In a much livelier second half Toure robbed Aaron Ramsey and sent Aguero away from the halfway line to dink the ball past Cech for a 12th goal in as many games.

The equaliser arrived from a less regular scorer. It was Monreal’s first goal for two years.

Toure’s volley and Fernandinho’s header both hit the frame of the goal in the space of four minutes but early in extra time a weary Aguero went off and within two minutes Sanchez scored from close range after Danny Welbeck missed his kick.