Man United, Gunners Cruise Into Europa Semis, Roma, Villarreal Also Through
Thursday night is the night of the Europa League, and it saw the second leg of the quarter-finals unfold with three of the four local teams having advantages over their first leg wins away from home, who would qualify for the last four games of the competition find …
Manchester United 2 Granada 0 (Manchester United won 4-0 overall)
Roma 1 Ajax 1 (Roma won 3-2 overall)
Slavia Prague 0 Arsenal 4 (Arsenal won 5-1 overall)
Villarreal 2 Dinamo Zagreb 1 (Villarreal won 3-1 overall)
At Old Trafford, Manchester United scored another 2-0 victory over Granada to reserve their place in the semi-finals. It took only six minutes for United to grab the breakthrough and roughly end that tie when Edinson Cavani resumed the volley at home after a Mason Greenwood cross was returned by Paul Pogba for his 50 years.e European goal in his career, then in the 90se minute, United sealed victory on the night and an aggregate victory of 4-0 when Alex Telles whipped up a cross and Juan Mata tried to direct him but missed him, and Jesus Vallejo didn’t expect him to be. ‘he missed the ball and hit the head of the visitor’s defender and flew past his own goalkeeper, and United advanced to the semi-finals.
In Rome and Rome a tough Ajax side took their place in the semi-finals, Ajax made things interesting by taking the lead on the night and leveling the draw four minutes after the break when Brain Brobbey found the bottom right with his right foot, but Roma were still leading on away goals, so Ajax needed another to pass, and eleven minutes into the second half , they thought they had that second goal to take the lead overall when Dusan Tadic found the bottom corner, but VAR ruled it out for a foul and it stayed as is.
And with eighteen minutes to go, Roma equalized the draw on the night and came back ahead in aggregate when Edin Dzeko scored from close to put the hosts back firmly in control, although Ajax knew that a goal from them would send equality. in overtime Ajax couldn’t find that second goal and that meant Roma qualified for the last four of the competition.
In Prague, rampant Gunners beat Slavia Prague to advance to the last four in the Europa League, Arsenal believed they had caught a big away goal after fourteen minutes when Buyako Saka saw a brilliant effort off the post, Emile Smith -Rowe followed. to score the rebound, but after a VAR check he was considered offside, but three minutes later they had the advantage as Smith-Rowe played Nicolas Pepe who made an effort past the keeper and the one – It counted, and The Gunners had that very important away goal.
Arsenal were flying and after twenty minutes they had scored a second goal because after Saka was brought back into the box Alexander Lacazette swept the kick and it had been a perfect start for the visitors and Slavia now had to win the game squarely. to pass, and the host’s unbeaten thirty-game home record was now also in big trouble.
And after 24 minutes it was three for the Gunners as Saka cut inside and drilled weak effort inside the nearest post, Slavia had been torn to shreds, and the tie was as good as it was. twenty-five minutes, unbelievably, no one saw this happen because many (including me) predicted a tough night for the Gunners.
It had been anything but difficult for the Gunners and they made it four with just under fifteen minutes to go when Lacazette found the net for the second time on the night after receiving a ball from Pepe, controlling and taking a touch. , and with all the weather in the world shot at home with his left foot as Arsenal sailed into the last four.
And finally, in Spain, Villareal fought off Spurs’ killers Dinamo Zagreb to pass, the Spanish side took the lead on the night and doubled their total lead when Paco Alcacer converted from close range nine minutes before. the break, and they almost ended the draw. two minutes before the break when Gerard Moreno found the bottom corner with his left foot. Zagreb pulled one off with just over fifteen minutes to go when Mislav Orsic found the net at a difficult angle, but Villarreal had already done enough to take his place in the semi-final.
This is what the semi-finals line up looks like …
Thursday April 29
Manchester United v Roma
Villarreal v Arsenal
Thursday May 6
Arsenal v Villarreal
Roma v Manchester United
Man United have a two-way semi-final against Italian Roma who has ex-Man City striker Dzeko in their ranks, the first leg is in Manchester in two weeks, while Arsenal face Villarreal, of course led by the former. Gunners boss Unai Emery, so that should be interesting, the first leg is in Spain in two weeks. Can United and Arsenal make it an all-English final, we’ll find out in three weeks?