The three quarterfinals victorious in the first leg have qualified for the semi-finals of the Europa League. Manchester United, AS Roma and Villarreal validated their tickets Thursday evening, eliminating respectively Granada (2-0), Ajax (1-1) and Dinamo Zagreb (2-1).
Large winner in Prague, Arsenal completed the last square. The Gunners will face Villarreal and will therefore reunite with their former manager, Unai Emery. On the other side of the table, Manchester United will face AS Roma. The matches will take place on Thursdays April 29 and May 6.
Manchester United folded the deal in the 6th minute, with the 50th European goal of Edinson Cavani’s career. The Uruguayan scored with a superb left-footed volley. Enough to allow the Red Devils to spend a very quiet evening, a week after their 2-0 victory on their opponent’s lawn. In the end, Juan Mata even drove home the point by causing a goal against his camp of Jesus Vallejo. Decisive passer on Cavani’s goal, then sanctioned with a yellow card, Paul Pogba left him at half-time.
The current 7th in La Liga had a serious game, keeping control of the game (63% possession, 12 shots to 7). Following his 1-0 victory in Croatia, Villarreal secured his future in the competition before half-time. Thanks to Paco Alcacer (36th) and Gerard Moreno (43rd), the Spanish team returned to the locker room with the score of 2-0. Mislav Orsic, however, gave Dinamo Zagreb scant hope in the 74th minute. But the Croats had to score three more goals anyway to pass. It was too difficult. Once again, as with Arsenal and SÃ © ville, Unai Emery finds himself in the semis of his favorite competition.
With their 2-1 success in Amsterdam, AS Roma were therefore in a strong position for this second leg. But it was hard. Particularly battered by Ajax, who monopolized the ball, the Italian team conceded the opener, signed Brian Brobbey (49th). And it almost went wrong in the process, with a goal from Dusan Tadic finally refused for a fault verified on the video assistance control screen (56th ). Roma finally gave themselves some air with the equalizer of Edin Dzeko who followed a devastating dribble from Riccardo Calafiori (72nd). She then managed to withstand the last Dutch assaults, who were looking for this second goal which would have been synonymous with extra time.