European roundup: Roma warm up for Anfield with easy win over Spal

• Under-strength Roma side cruise to 3-0 win in Serie A
• Bayern win but RB Leipzig lose 5-2 at home to Hoffenheim

Roma enjoyed a perfect dress rehearsal for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Liverpool when Radja Nainggolan and Patrick Schick struck after a Francesco Vicari own goal to give them a 3-0 win at Spal in Serie A on Saturday.

The result left Roma third on 67 points from 34 games, three ahead of city rivals Lazio and four ahead of Inter who both have a game in hand in the three-way battle for two Champions League slots.

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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup semi-final – live!

Now this is an FA Cup semi-final. Two of the three most successful teams in the competition’s history, both desperate to win a trophy for different reasons, both with different public perceptions and styles.

In a sense this is the dreamer versus the winner. Spurs, for all their charming football under Mauricio Pochettino, haven’t won a trophy since 2008. United won two last year, and their results have improved enormously under Jose Mourinho. But their style of play – and their strange propensity to have an absolute shocker every few weeks – has left Mourinho on the back foot for most of the season, waving his CV in everyone’s face.

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Hibernian put Celtic’s title celebrations on hold with impressive victory

Celtic’s Scottish Premiership title celebrations remain on hold after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Hibernian. The Hoops would have been crowned champions for a seventh successive season with victory at Easter Road but they ended up suffering only a third league defeat since May 2016.

Related: Tom Rogic opens floodgates as Celtic rout Rangers in Scottish FA Cup

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Salomón Rondón strikes late as West Brom stun Liverpool with fightback

It was not exactly the script Jürgen Klopp had in mind ahead of a critical week for Liverpool as West Bromwich Albion, playing with the sort of spirit and conviction that was so badly missing prior to Darren Moore taking over as caretaker manager, scored twice in the last 11 minutes to salvage an unlikely point. Albion may well be going down – they are eight points adrift with three games remaining – but they are going down fighting.

Liverpool, who face Roma in the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday, will rue the way that they allowed a game that was firmly within their grasp to slip through their fingers. Danny Ings, with his first goal since October 2015, put the visitors ahead and when Mohamed Salah scored his 31st Premier League goal of the campaign, equalling the record set by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez, the outcome appeared to be a formality.

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Salomón Rondón strikes late as West Brom stun Liverpool with fightback

It was not exactly the script Jürgen Klopp had in mind ahead of a critical week for Liverpool as West Bromwich Albion, playing with the sort of spirit and conviction that was so badly missing prior to Darren Moore taking over as caretaker manager, scored twice in the last 11 minutes to salvage an unlikely point. Albion may well be going down – they are eight points adrift with three games remaining – but they are going down fighting.

Liverpool, who face Roma in the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday, will rue the way that they allowed a game that was firmly within their grasp to slip through their fingers. Danny Ings, with his first goal since October 2015, put the visitors ahead and when Mohamed Salah scored his 31st Premier League goal of the campaign, equalling the record set by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez, the outcome appeared to be a formality.

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Arsène Wenger stirred Arsenal exasperation but was a martyr to his values | David Hytner

Manager departing after 22 years leaves a legacy of dispirited Arsenal fans yet his wide-ranging human qualities see even harshest critics expressing affection

It is a story that Arsène Wenger has told on more than one occasion in different company over dinner and it always has the desired effect. The Arsenal manager talks of a book he has read in which an assassin is able to stop his heart when he kills and then restart it. “I’m looking for a striker like that,” he says.

What is not to like? It has Wenger, a trained killer, resurrection, death and football. As the Frenchman’s eyes twinkle, an acquaintance who has heard the punchline describes how his audiences are hooked. “Arsène has them eating out of his hand,” he says. “He is a magnificently charming companion.”

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