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Van Persie hat-trick salvages United's season

By Mike Collett MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Robin van Persie's hat-trick lifted the gloom surrounding Manchester United and manager David Moyes as the English side beat Olympiakos Piraeus 3-0 to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit and reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. United, mounting a dismal defense of their Premier League title in Moyes's first campaign since replacing Alex Ferguson, kept alive their last remaining hope of lifting a trophy this season.

Man United vaults into Champions quarterfinals on RVP hat trick

London, Mar 19 (EFE).- Robin van Persie's hat trick in Wednesday's contest with Olympiakos was enough to send Manchester United into the Champions League quarterfinals after the Red Devils fell behind 2-0 after losing the first leg in Athens. For one night, at least, the fans at Old Trafford could forget the many disappointments they have had to endure this season. United faced Olympiakos just days after a crushing 3-0 home loss to archrival Liverpool that left the Red Devils 12 points out of the fourth and final qualifying spot for the 2014-2015 Champions League.

Van Persie treble sinks Olympiakos, Dortmund edge Zenit

By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Robin van Persie's hat-trick lifted Manchester United to a stunning Champions League comeback against Olympiakos Piraeus on Wednesday as Borussia Dortmund edged out Zenit St Petersburg to complete the quarter-final lineup. United, trailing 2-0 from the first leg, won 3-0 at Old Trafford to stay in the hunt for a fourth Champions League title and last season's runners-up Dortmund lost their second leg 2-1 but went through 5-4 on aggregate.

Football: Van Persie inspires dramatic United comeback, Dortmund through

Robin van Persie scored a sensational hat-trick as Manchester United beat Olympiakos 3-0 to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday, while Borussia Dortmund joined them in the last eight. Under-pressure United manager David Moyes saw his side produce a much-improved performance from Sunday's 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool, and Van Persie made the difference as the ailing Premier League champions overcame a 2-0 first-leg deficit to go through.

S. Korean football team Gyeongnam FC to host PSV Eindhoven in exhibition

SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korean football club Gyeongnam FC announced Wednesday it will host the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in an exhibition match this spring. In a statement, the K League Classic club said its match against PSV Eindhoven, featuring South Korean football icon Park Ji-sung, will take place on May 24 at Changwon Football Center in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, about 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul. The kickoff has been tentatively set for 2 p.m. and is subject to change, Gyeongnam FC added.

Football: Heart coach Van't Schip signs new contract

Coach John van't Schip has signed a new three-year contract with A-League side Melbourne Heart, the club said on Wednesday. The 50-year-old Dutchman joined the side -- majority owned by Premier League giants Manchester City -- in January as interim coach and has helped resurrect their fortunes. Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano said Van't Schip had proved he had the necessary leadership and coaching skills. "We are very happy that John van't Schip will remain head coach of Melbourne Heart FC," Soriano said of the former Ajax and Genoa player.

Football: Roma's Strootman undergoes knee surgery

AS Roma and Dutch international midfielder Kevin Strootman has undergone reconstructive surgery on his left knee and will begin rehabilitation in the coming days, the Serie A club announced Tuesday. Strootman's season, and World Cup hopes, ended prematurely when he suffered injury 13 minutes into a 1-0 defeat to Napoli less than two weeks ago. He will be out for the remainder of the season and miss this summer's World Cup in Brazil. A statement by Roma said: "This morning Kevin Strootman underwent surgery on his left knee at the AMC hospital in Amsterdam.

Football: Real Madrid v Schalke 04 factfile

Factfile on Real Madrid and Schalke 04 ahead of the Champions League last 16, second leg tie between the clubs on Tuesday:

Football: Clasico on Madrid minds as Schalke hope to save face

Real Madrid already have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after thrashing Schalke 6-1 in the first leg of their last 16 tie in Germany three weeks ago. However, Los Blancos are looking to head into Sunday's potentially decisive La Liga clash with Barcelona on a positive note by extending their 30-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is likely to rest a number of first-team regulars with the Barca match in mind with the likes of Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Jese Rodriguez likely to start.

Football: English Premier League leading scorers

Leading scorers in English Premier League after the weekend's matches: 25: Suarez (Liverpool) 18: Sturridge (Liverpool) 15: Aguero (Man City) 13: Hazard (Chelsea), Remy (Newcastle), Toure (Man City) 12: Giroud (Arsenal), Rodriguez (Southampton) 11: Rooney (Man Utd), van Persie (Man Utd) 10: Bony (Swansea City), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lukaku (Everton) 9: Benteke (Aston Villa), Lambert (Southampton), Negredo (Man City), Welbeck (Man Utd) 8: Adebayor (Tottenham), Dzeko (Manchester City), Ramsey (Arsenal)
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