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Lukaku’s two-goal return, three assists for Anderson lead Man United past Celtic, 2-0

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NEWARK, N.J. — Romelu Lukaku scored twice and Romford Anderson had three assists as Manchester United avoided relegation with a 2-0 win over struggling Celtic in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg on Monday.

United, which clinched its spot in the knockout stage by beating Sevilla at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Wednesday, was also without midfielder Paul Pogba, who could miss the second leg in Glasgow next week after he was dismissed in that game.

A delighted United manager Jose Mourinho, whose team can wrap up the treble of a Europa League title and the Champions League with a win in the final two league games, said Lukaku will be fit for the return.

United manager Jose Mourinho speaks during a post-match press conference in Newark, N.J. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Rovers 2, Wigan 1

NEWCASTLE, England — Newcastle lost defender Jamaal Lascelles for a year after he was banned for three matches for violent conduct against Wigan at St. James’ Park on Monday.

The defender’s horror tackle on Stefan Scougall in the ninth minute will also land him with a two-game suspension.

The incident left Scougall with a broken leg and his Newcastle team eventually went on to win 2-1 after substitute Ashley Fletcher scored a late winner for the visitors.

Lascelles was later given a red card, and Wigan were also given a trip to Spain for the second leg of the tie as the game’s stoppage time got underway.

Reginald Denny had scored for Wigan, but Lascelles denied both goalscorers chances to get on the scoresheet.

Rogic scores for Scotland

FRASER STRAITS, Scotland — Callum McGregor scored as Scotland beat Lithuania 2-0 in the playoff match for a place in the World Cup on Monday.

Craig Gordon had the first chance for Scotland when he spurned an early shot, but McGregor scored in the 64th minute after an excellent link-up between Callum Paterson and Scott Brown.

A third goal came in stoppage time, with James Forrest scoring his 15th goal of the season with a superb shot from the edge of the area.

France won 2-0

BELGRADE, Serbia — France beat Serbia 2-0 on Monday with strikes from Nabil Fekir and Antoine Griezmann either side of half-time.

Kevin Strootman gave Serbia the lead in the 24th minute at the Nalaga arena in Belgrade. France equalized three minutes later.

France, which has a 3-1 lead from the first leg, was missing captain Hugo Lloris as the goalkeeper couldn’t make it after picking up a thigh injury from the Sevilla game the previous night.

French magazine France Football, presenters of the annual Ballon d’Or award, published Tuesday its all-time ranking of the 30 best clubs in the world. The ranking system is based on roster analysis (trophies, Ballon d’Or awards, etc.), television audience, social media impact, stadium attendance, revenue, expenses, market value and historical importance. (José Luis Sánchez Pando) (José Luis Sánchez Pando)

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