Anderlecht once again put a tough fight against Manchester United, and it takes Marcus Rashford extra-time winner to differentiate between the both sides. Anderlecht came from behind in first leg of Europa league quarterfinal to keep the things level before they visit United at Old Trafford. And, once again the visitors came from behind to cancel out Henrikh Mkhitaryan early lead, but Marcus Rshford ends their hope of a semifinal berth with his late goal.
Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United legendary coach has already given his thoughts on the priority of Europa League this season for United, and Jose Mourinho – the current Red Devil is up to the task to fulfill his wish. Europa League trophy guarantees a place in Uefa Champions League, despite finishing out of top four in Premier League. United chances are not very bright to go through the direct qualifying route, that’s why they are pushing for Europa League glory.
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It was a settled draw from first leg as it finished 1-1 at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, but United took an early lead at Old Trafford with the help of Mkhitaryan early lead. They managed to maintain their lead for next 20 minutes, but Sofiane Hanni scrambled effort in 32nd minute did a great damage to Red Devils hope of reaching to the next stage.
United being their own nemesis at Old Trafford this season, once again failed to find efforts on target. But, just when Anderlecht looked like forcing United to go for the penalty shootout, the 19-year-old England international – Marcus Rashford ends their hope with an extra-time goal.
Meanwhile in other quarterfinal games, Besiktas and Lyon played with the same scoreline (2-1) as it finished last week. Whereas Lyon won 2-1 at their home, Besiktas enjoyed the same scoreline vviccctory at their home, only to be eliminated at home on penalties. Besiktas lose the match 6-7 on penalties, whereas Lyon moves forward in the tournament.
Celta Vigo continues to represent as the only Spanish side beating Genk 4-3 aggregate. Although, second leg match finished 1-1 draw, Celta home 3-2 victory helped them to go through. Ajax moved ahead with their 4-3 victory despite losing 3-2 in the second leg against the Germany’s Bundesliga club Schalke.