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MATCHDAY: Spectators return to English stadium for FA Cup SF

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Sunday:
ENGLAND

Spectators will return to an English football stadium for the first time since last year when a crowd of 4,000 is allowed into the FA Cup semifinal match between Leicester and Southampton. Only locals from the Wembley area will be allowed in rather than fans of the clubs. It’s part of a trial for the return of spectators that will require all attendees to produce a negative coronavirus test result. The 2016 Premier League champion, Leicester, is looking to reach its first FA Cup final since 1969. Southampton lifted the cup in 1976. Manchester United looks to consolidate second place in Sunday’s two Premier League games when it plays Burnley at Old Trafford. Fulham is seven points from safety as it faces midtable Arsenal.

SPAIN

After failing to win its last two games, Atlético Madrid must beat last-place Eibar at home to stay top of the Spanish league. Atlético will be without Luis Suárez and João Félix, the team’s leading attacking players, due to injury. Versatile midfielder Marcos Llorente is back from a one-game suspension. Second-place Real Madrid, which trails Atlético by one point, crosses the Spanish capital to face Getafe.

Madrid’s already depleted defense took another hit when left-back Ferland Mendy was ruled out with a left leg injury. Center back Nacho Fernández and holding midfielder Casemiro are suspended. That leaves Zinedine Zidane needing to patch up a makeshift backline with reserve team player Víctor Chust. Fourth-place Sevilla can add to its already commanding hold on the last Champions League berth by beating fifth-place Real Sociedad. Also: Real Betis hosts Valencia; Alavés faces Huesca; Osasuna welcomes Elche; and Celta Vigo is at Cádiz.

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