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The Daily Dirt April 6, 2018: The Europa League, where Fortnite celebrations are made

Goals, nutmegs and fun facts from a day of soccer around the world.

We’re currently in the prime of soccer season, which means there rarely goes a day without major soccer news. The Champions League is over for the week but Thursday gave us it’s annoying little brother, the Europa League (sorry Arsenal fans). The USWNT were also on show, squaring off against Mexico in Jacksonville. There was action all over the world, and we’ll get to all of it in today’s Daily Dirt.

Domestic

It was a fairly quiet day domestically for soccer. If you want a good read, you can take a look at the coverage of the season ticket holders for the now folded Boston Breakers.

In other news, Major League Soccer returns on Friday as the New England Revolution take on Montreal Impact. You can read a preview of that matchup over at The Bent Musket.

International

The USWNT were in action on Thursday as they faced a Mexico team that are slowly improving. To make a long story short, the United States dominated in typical fashion and emerged victorious with a 4-1 win. Alex Morgan showed no mercy, scoring twice (to accompany Carli Lloyd and Mal Pugh) and savagely nut-megging an opposing defender.

A moment that will be sure to end up on both players highlight tapes, but probably for opposite reasons.

In the Europa League, we had plenty of action. A great goal from Aaron Ramsey (which wasn’t even my favorite moment of that game), as well as a Fortnite celebration from Antoine Griezmann.

Arsenal beat CSKA Moscow 4-1, with a helping hand from Ramsey, but the true highlight from that game didn’t involve any goals. The Russian side not only fielded a back line of 3 players, with a combined age of 108, but those same 3 players played against Arsenal...IN 2006! 12 years and no changes, now that’s consistency.

The Goal

Aaron Ramsey rounds out a week of great goals with his own addition: A deft flick over an on-rushing goalkeeper. Enjoy.