Summary: Milan beats Rennes in the Europa League thanks to a brace from Loftus-Cheek.

In the first leg of their Europa League knockout playoff against Rennes, Milan defeated Rennes 3-0. Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored twice for Milan in the victory.

Rafael Leão scored a third goal in the 52nd minute, while the England international kept up his impressive recent form with headers in the 32nd and 47th minutes. After finishing third in their Champions League group, Milan will play the second leg next week with a one-point lead.

Qarabag won a significant away match in Portugal, defeating Braga 4-2. The away team took the lead in the middle of the first half through penalty kick scorer Marko Jankovic, but Simon Banza equalized for the home team right before halftime.

Defeating Braga 4-2 on the road in Portugal was a huge win for Qarabag. Midway through the first half, the visitors took the lead thanks to a penalty kick from Marko Jankovic. However, Simon Banza equalized the score shortly before halftime.

The Young Boys scored a goal through Filip Ugrinic right before the halftime break to cut their deficit to one. It only three minutes after the restart for Goncalo Inácio to restore the two-goal advantage, and Young Boys finished with ten men as Mohamed Ali Camara was sent off late in the game.

After rescuing a 2-1 win over Toulouse with two penalties from Ángel Di María, Benfica still has a ways to go. After Mikkel Desler leveled the score, Christian Mawissa was sent off eight minutes into stoppage time, and the second goal arrived eight minutes later.

In Istanbul, Galatasaray prevailed against Sparta Prague 3-2 despite playing with ten players each. The sole goal of the first half was scored by Kerem Demirbay. However, Sparta equalized two minutes after the interval through Ángelo Preciado. Victor Nelsson was sent off just after Dries Mertens had given Galatasaray the lead again on the hour mark.

In a short amount of time, Jan Kuchta scored another equalizer, but Matej Rynes received a second yellow card ten minutes before the end of the game, and Mauro Icardi scored the game-winning goal in the extra time.

In addition, there was a thrilling conclusion in Hamburg, when Shakhtar Donetsk, who were continuing to play abroad from their war-torn country, competed against Marseille and ended up drawing 2-2. In the 64th minute, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the goal that put the French team in the lead.

The advantage, however, was only maintained for a span of two minutes when Mykola Matviyenko scored an equalizer. To add insult to injury, history was replayed right at the conclusion of the match when Iliman Ndiaye appeared to win it for Marseille, only for Eguinaldo to tie the score.

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