Despite the three injury changes in 37 minutes, including that of goalkeeper Pau Lopez, despite an early conceded goal, and an opponent on paper better armed, Roma have long thought they could bring back from Old Trafford a good result this Thursday evening in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League. Before collapsing.
After a first period rich in twists and turns, logic invited itself on the field, the leaders of Mancun gave up the horses, and United largely imposed themselves at home (6- 2), to take a huge option on the qualification.
In the 9th minute, after the release of Jordan Veretout (right thigh), the Red Devils hit the first. Paul Pogba gave himself a festival on the left side, found Edinson Cavani, who handed in a touch towards Bruno Fernandes, author of a clever little dive above Lopez for the opening of the score (1-0).
It was then that a wind of madness swept over the north of England. On one of the following actions, Pogba stood out again … by blocking a Karsdorp cross with his hand. Penalty for Roma, equalization of Pellegrini (1-1, 15th), and second hard blow for the Louve, with the injury to the shoulder of Lopez on a strike from Pogba (28th).
Not enough to cool Paulo Fonseca’s men: in the process, Edin Dzeko took advantage of a very good job from Mkhitaryan, a pass from Pellegrini and a suspicion of success for double the point blank range (2-1, 33rd).
The beautiful Roman history ended there. And the second period was much more complicated for the Italians, deprived of any change after the exit of Spinazzola (37th). Undoubtedly shaken by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Bruno Fernandes and his comrades set foot on the ball, and Edinson Cavani, who had missed a huge opportunity just before the break, made up for it in three stages.
First by concluding a beautiful combination with Fernandes (2-2, 48th), then by taking advantage of a hand fault by Mirante to give the advantage to his team (3-2, 64th), and finally by obtaining on a fault – little obvious – of Smalling a penalty transformed by Fernandes (4-2, 71st).
The end of the show? Not even. Faced with a stunned team, Paul Pogba took the trouble to drive the nail with a head on a center from Bruno Fernandes, obviously (5-2, 75th), before a last goal from Greenwood (6-2, 86th). Manchester can afford to lose by three goals in Italy in the second leg next Thursday.
Europa League: rain of goals, Cavani ultra decisive, Manchester United atomizes Roma in the first half