What happened in football today: February 25, 2021

Arsenal and Rangers progress in the Europa League

Arsenal booked their place in the Europa League round of 16, thanks to two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and one from Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal took the lead in the 21st minute but Benfica scored twice either side of the half – including a superb Diogo Goncalves free-kick – to go ahead on the hour mark.

Tierney equalized a few minutes later and Arsenal regained the lead in the 87th minute to secure the victory.

Rangers, meanwhile, beat Royal Antwerp 5-2 to advance to the next round. Steven Gerrard’s side had five different scorers as they won 9-4 on aggregate against their Belgian opponents.

Penultimate round of Premier League fixtures could be moved for fans to attend

As revealed by Athleticism earlier today there was talk of moving the 37th round of Premier League fixtures to ensure all fans can attend a game this season.

On Monday, the government announced that fans could return from May 17 – just in time for the final round of matches.

Amid fears it could damage the sporting integrity of the competition if some teams benefited from a match with supporters and others did not, Athleticism understands that the potentially mobile 37th matchday is on the cards, with the league being flexible with fixture dates.

Antonio will switch allegiance to Jamaica

West Ham striker Michail Antonio will switch allegiance from England to Jamaica with the aim of playing at the 2022 World Cup.

The 30-year-old featured in England squads under Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate but never made an appearance.

The Football Association of Jamaica president contacted Antonio via email last month, and the striker felt the opportunity was too good to pass up.

Henry is stepping down from his role in Montreal for family reasons

Thierry Henry has resigned as head coach of CF Montreal for family reasons, saying “the separation is too trying for me and my children”.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona player spent a season in Canada, guiding Montreal to the MLS playoffs and CONCACAF Champions League.

European leagues want compromise on UEFA Champions League reforms

Addressed exclusively to Athleticism Business of Sport podcast European Leagues chief executive Jacco Swart has revealed his organization is seeking a compromise with UEFA over proposed Champions League reforms.

UEFA wants to increase the number of Champions League teams from 32 to 36 and introduce a “Swiss model”, replacing the current group stage format.

Their proposal would add 100 matches to the existing Champions League schedule, but European leagues say that is too much and have only offered an additional 64 matches.

Mbappe needs to make contract decision – PSG sporting director

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed the club are in contract talks with Kylian Mbappe but ‘the time to make a decision has arrived’ for the Frenchman.

The 22-year-old’s existing deal doesn’t expire until 2022, and Leonardo has confirmed that PSG have been discussing a new contract with Mbappe ‘for some time’.

Despite his age, Mbappe has been one of football’s world superstars for several years and Athleticism drew comparisons between the PSG striker and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. To see why, go further below.

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