Manchester United defeated Spanish membership Granada 2-0 within the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie in Spain on Thursday, whereas Arsenal conceded a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw at dwelling to Czech champions Slavia Prague. Marcus Rashford raced on to an extended ball sprayed upfield by Victor Lindelof to fireside United in entrance at Los Carmenes on 31 minutes towards a staff having fun with an excellent debut European marketing campaign. Bruno Fernandes transformed a late penalty after he was caught off the ball by Yan Eteki, with the Portuguese midfielder’s spot-kick squirming agonisingly by means of the palms of Rui Silva.
“They (Rashford and Fernandes) have been exceptional, so important for us,” United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer informed BT Sport.
“It was a very good run by Rashford, takes the ball fantastically. Bruno is so confident on penalties even though the keeper almost saved it.”
However Solskjaer will likely be with out the suspended trio of captain Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay for the second leg at Old Trafford subsequent week.
“It was not a perfect night,” he added. “We got three yellow cards and three suspensions. 2-0 is very good result. We know how difficult it is to come to Spain.”
Yangel Herrera volleyed towards the submit for Granada as Spain worldwide David de Gea stored a clear sheet on his first look for Manchester United for the reason that finish of February.
Arsenal stumble at dwelling
Arsenal’s poor league type beneath Mikel Arteta has left the Gunners with the Europa League as their solely hope of silverware this 12 months, however the 2019 runners-up have been denied victory on the Emirates following a 94th-minute header by Tomas Holes.
Nicolas Pepe had come off the bench to provide Arsenal the lead 4 minutes from time, just for Holes to nod in at a nook and lengthen Slavia’s unbeaten run to 22 video games, having already knocked out Leicester City and Rangers.
“The final result leaves a difficult taste,” Arteta stated.
“The game was under control. We got the goal we wanted but we missed some big chances as well.
“We performed two or three balls we should not do and we put ourselves on the again foot and conceded the nook. They put our bodies in there and it will possibly occur. It modifications the sensation after the sport.”
Roma, the only Italian club remaining in Europe this term, came from behind to take down four-time European champions Ajax 2-1 in Amsterdam.
Davy Klaassen gave Ajax the lead shortly before half-time, but Dusan Tadic’s missed penalty proved the turning point as Roma keeper Pau Lopez turned away the Serbian’s effort moments before the visitors drew level.
Lorenzo Pellegrini’s free-kick on 57 minutes slipped through the grasp of Ajax keeper Kjell Scherpen and Roger Ibanez won the game for Roma late on, smashing home a superb volley.
Unai Emery’s Villarreal acquired the higher of Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, as Gerard Moreno’s penalty simply earlier than the interval secured a 1-0 victory.
Emery gained the Europa League in three consecutive years with Sevilla and took Arsenal to the 2019 last.
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