Man United 1-0 Copenhagen (AET), Europa League LIVE: Fernandes breaks deadlock with penalty

Manchester United will look to reach the Europa League semifinal for the first time since its title win in 2016-17 season.   –  reuters

116′ Chance! Good work from Lindelof. Bartolec does well to reach the byline on the right and cuts it back for Kaufmann who is denied an attempt by Lindelof. Zeca takes the resultant corner kick but is unable to find a white shirt inside the area.

114′ Copenhagen pours forward as Bartolec wins a throw-in on the left flank. However, United replicates the Danes’ system to close out the final third and force them backwards.

111′ William Boving comes on for Rasmus Falk who walks back after a splendid shift leading the attack. Solskjaer takes off Marcus Rashford to send in Jesse Lingard.

109′ United is sent back once again by a defaint Copenhagen defence which has come out on top in most battles today.

107′ Copenhagen wins a corner after Maguire’s sloppy clearance but manages to head away Zeca’s corner kick to safety.

106′ AET second half begins! Rasmus Falk is down on the pitch after Matic catches him from behind.

105+2′ SAVE! Rashford drives forward once again but it taken off the ball by a tackle from Bengtsson. Mata pulls the trigger from the edge of the box but Johnsson again makes a tremendous save yet again.

105′ Pogba and Mata combine inside the area after Rashford makes a tremendous run down the left flank. Bjelland is upto the task and blocks the attempt. Jens Stage and Varela come off the pitch to be replaced by Robert Mudrazija and Karlo Bartolec.

103′ A darting run through the middle from Matic sees the midfielder set up Martial in the centre but the striker attempts a chip which flies over the crossbar.

101′ Copenhagen is finding it difficult to stay in the game as its forwards look sluggish in getting the passes right.

98′ SAVE! Another mesmerising run from Martial sees the Frenchman tie up the entire defence before he lays it to Fernandes who is once again denied by a brilliant Johnsson.

95′ FERNANDES SCORES! Bruno Fernandez puts United upfront. The Portuguese takes a shot run-up and blasts it into the left side.

94′ PENALTY! Martial is brought down inside the box by Bjelland as the referee points to the spot.

92′ SAVE! Rashford and Martial play one-two as the Frenchman tries to go for the near post but Johsson had it covered.

91′ First half of added time begins! Solskjaer makes a change right away as he sends in Juan Mata for Mason Greenwood.

The extra time will be a big test for the Danes as United will look to make more changes. Inter Milan has reached the semifinal with a 2-1 win over Leverkusen in Dusseldorf.

90+3′ Stage goes for an audacious attempt from outside the box but the shot was on the rise and sails over the crossbar.

90+1′ Block! Martial dribbles past three defenders but is stopped by a inch-perfect tackle from Nelsson.

90′ The fourth official announces three additional minutes. Will United find that elusive goal, if not, does Copenhagen has enough fuel in the tank for added time?

87′ Nelsson charges at Fernandez to block a shot before it is taken. It has been one-way traffic, albeit a frustrating one, with United creating more chances.

86′ Stage receives a cut back from Falk on the right flank and tries to shoot outside the area but in unable to trouble Romero.

84′ SAVE! A top-drawer save from Johnsson as he spots Martial’s dangerous strike from outside and times his jump to perfection to palm it away.

81′ Varela tries to take on Wan-Bissaka and Lindelof at once but is unable to get past the duo. Rashford lets one fly from outside the box but the ball flies harmlessly over the post.

78′ United needs more ideas in the final third as it has been only flashes of brilliance from Fernandez that has brought it close to breaking the deadlock. Rashford and Greenwood have failed to carve open the defence while Martial has gone missing for majority of the match.

75′ Rashford goes down in pain after being clipped by Varela who gets away with a warning. Kaufmann gets booked for a clumsy challenge on Williams.  In Dusseldorf, the second half has seen no goals from either side and at the moment, it is Inter which is going the semis.

73′ Copenhagen is pressing up field now as there are signs the Danes will finally push for the goal. Wind gets on the left side and pulls the trigger but Wan-Bissaka was in the way and United has a breather.

70′ Solskjaer makes his first changes of the match as he sends in Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof to replace Fred and Eric Bailly. The teams break for drinks.

68′ Double Save! Fernandez has another audacious attempt from the edge of the box as the ball dips dangerously as it approaches the goal. Johnsson gets the right and parries it away. United works the ball back into the box as Pogba drills a low shot into the box but the keeper gets down quickly to make another save.

66′ CHANCE! What a chance that was for Copenhagen. Oviedo has a good view of the goal from close range after some brilliant dribbling on the right wing by Kaufmann. However, the forward is denied by a Wan-Bissaka block.

63′ OFF THE POST! Fernandez unleashes a low shot at the far post which beats Johsson but comes ricochets off the post. Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire are show yellow cards for clumsy fouls on substitute Mikkel Kaufmann.

61′ United corner is not properly cleared by Copenhagen as the Red Devils work the ball back. Fernandez crosses at the far post but Rashford’s first touch denies him a good shot at the goal.

59′ Copenhagen makes a double substitution as Pep Biel and Daramy make way for Bryan Oviedo and Mikkel Kaufmann. Fernandez wins a corner with a blocked shot at near post.

57′ More frustration for United! Greenwood fires at the far post after finding space with a sharp turn, the ball rattles the post and falls for Rashford who deflects into the net but is flagged offside.

55′ United is starting to find spaces in the final third. Fernandez and Greenwood play one-two and lay it in the path of Fred who goes for a feeble attempt at the goal which is easily picked up by the goalkeeper.

53′ Daramy and Wind break off at full speed but Williams does well to intercept a pass that could’ve put United under serious pressure.

51′ United began the second half on the front foot and managed to stretch the Copenhagen defence. Rashford tries to find Williams on the left manages but the youngster’s path is blocked by Stage.

49′ Blocked! Rashford holds up the ball brilliantly inside the area and passes it to Fernandez who cuts it back for Pogba who pulls the trigger. Nelsson puts his body on the line at the precise moment to block the attempt.

48′ Copenhagen wins a free kick after Bailly fouls Wind on the left side. Pep Biel takes the free kick which is cleared comfortably by United.

46′ We are underway in the second half! Copenhagen keeper Johnsson tries a long punt but only finds his counterpart Sergio Romero at the other end.

Manchester United’ hearts fluttered for a moment when Mason Greenwood found the back of the net in the final minute of the first half but VAR deemed him offside. Marcus Rashford had the second best chance of the half moments ago. However, Copenhagen was better going forward and troubling the United defence with some good interplay through the middle and has used the width better.

45+3′ Rashford looks at the referee frustrated after he taken off the ball by Pep Biel. Solskjaer tells his players to get back to positions quickly.  At Dusseldorf, Inter Milan leads at half-time thanks to a Romelu Lukaku strike in the 21st minute.

45′ VAR Intervention! Mason Greenwood opens the scoring for the Red Devils as he latches on to a Martial header on the right flank and finishes past the goalkeeper. However, VAR Francois Letexier deems the teenager’s position to be offside before running in to collect the header.

43′ Fernandez curls a dangerous cross into the box for Martial who is outmuscled by Nelsson.

41′ United has lacked rhythm going forward as most of its chances have come from set-pieces. Pogba and Fernandez stretch the Copenhagen defence as the Portuguese find Wan-Bissaka who tries to switch play immediately with a cross to Williams who is unable to get on the end of it.

39′ Wan-Bissaka has been unable to offer his electric pace on the flank as Copenhagen has shut out the wide areas by defending in a 4-4-2 formation.

37′ Varela has been a thorn in the United’s defence on the right flank. The Uruguyan sends a dangerous cross into the box for Deramy but Maguire does well to head it away for a corner which United clears easily.

34′ Copenhagen manages to break out of its half as Falk forays into the area from the left but comes up second best against Wan-Bissaka.

32′ Block! Fernandez and Pogba play one-two and cross it to Wan-Bissaka at the near post who passes it to Greenwood. The teenager pulls the trigger but is blocked by Stage.

30′ Rashford bides his time on the edge of the box before dinking the ball over to Martial in the centre. However, the ball was too wide for the Frenchman to reach.

28′ Greenwood wins a free kick outside the box as Fernandez stands over it. There is a delay in taking the set piece as the referee warns a couple of Copenhagen players in the wall. Fernandez tries to bend it over the wall but smashes it over the crossbar. Leverkusen’s star forward Kai Havertz makes it 1-2 for the German side with a goal in the 25th minute against Inter Milan

23′  Pogba tries to find Greenwood making a run at the far post but his cross is cut out by Nelsson. Despite few flashes of brilliance from Fernandez, United has looked rusty in the final third so far. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a word with Fred for the earlier mistake as the teams break for drinks.

20′ PENALTY or IS IT? Bruno Fernandez gets a header on the goal from a free kick taken short. The referee blows the whistle and points to the spot, but is unsure if the call was for an offside. He consults the VAR and says its an offside. In Gelsenkirchen, Romelu Lukaku puts Inter 2-0 up against Leverkusen with a goal in the 21st minute.

17′ United living dangerously! Brandon Williams makes a headed goal-line clearance from a corner and immediately a mistake from Fred allows Deramy to sneak in through to the goal. Maguire manages to put in a block but the ball falls inside the box. Pogba arrives in time to hack it away to safety.

15′ Copenhagen is forced to make its first change as left back Nicoali Boilesen signals for a change and comes off for Pierre Bengtsson.

13′ Close! First major chance for Copenhagen. Varela finds himself in space in the centre as puts Deramy through to the goal but Maguire comes with a last-gasp clearance to avert the danger. In the other quarterfinal, Inter Milan has taken a 1-0 lead against Leverkusen after Nicolo Barella scoring in the 15th minute.

11′ Varela tries to cut in from the right wing but is stopped by Maguire in his tracks. United’s extra numbers in the centre has managed to close out the Danish champion so far.

9′ Greenwood races in from the left wing and squares a pass for Martial in the centre but the Frenchman manages a tame hit which is collected easily by Johnsson.

8′ Martial is brought down outside the box by Bjelland as United wins its third set-piece of the match. Rashford takes it and goes for the bottom left corner but drags it wide.

6′ A superb run from Fernandez into the box sees him reach a cross from Pogba at the far post but he is unable to find a teammate inside the box. The Red Devils are looking dangerous.

3′ Copenhagen finds space on the left flank as the white shirts exchange passes but are unable to find a way past Bailly and Fred. United counter quickly as Martial wins a corner kick which is cleared comfortably by Copenhagen.

1′ Off we go! Bailly plays a long ball over the defence but its too long for Rashford to chase.

Team News: Manchester United will be without left back Luke Shaw for the tie due to injury. Copenhagen will be without its key attacker Michael Santos who is suspended for the match in Cologne.

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The Europa League will set up a reunion for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he takes on an old friend in the quarterfinals.

When Solskjaer’s team faces Copenhagen in Cologne on Tuesday, the opposing coach will be his old Norway teammate Stale Solbakken.

The two played at the 1998 World Cup when Norway reached the last 16 and beat Brazil along the way. The Norwegian team was bursting with talent then but hasn’t qualified for a World Cup since.

“I used to play with Stale Solbakken and he’s a good friend of mine — we’ve been in touch before today. We wished each other good luck and said hope to see you in Germany. They did their job, we did our job, so on to the next one,” Solskjaer said Wednesday, according to UEFA.

“Stale’s teams are always well organised and difficult to play against. Very talented young players with experience. He’s done fantastic in building team after team and it’s going to be a difficult one.”

The Red Devils are certainly one of the favourites for the title, with Copenhagen understandably a massive underdog heading into this fixture. While Manchester Untied on the trophy in 2017, Copenhagen is playing in its first European last-eight game.

However, Copenhagen and Solbakken have sprung surprises before. During his first spell as Copenhagen coach in 2006, Solbakken led the team to a 1-0 victory over United in the Champions League group stage.

Solskjaer was on the field for United that day alongside Wayne Rooney in attack, with a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo on the flank.

Bayer Leverkusen will face Inter Milan in the quarterfinals of the Europa League.   –  Reuters
 

Bayer Leverkusen will face Inter Milan in the quarterfinals of the Europa League.   –  Reuters

For Bayer Leverkusen, the Europa League tournament on home soil offers a golden chance to shed its nickname of “Neverkusen.”

Five times the Bundesliga runner-up and never the champion, and the losing finalist to Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final, Leverkusen has a reputation for falling just short of success. It has history in this competition though, beating Espanyol on penalties in 1988 in the final of what was then called the UEFA Cup.

Winning the trophy would put Leverkusen back in the Champions League for 2020-21 after it missed out by two points in June.

It’s now or never for Kai Havertz too. The Leverkusen forward has been linked with a move to Chelsea, so each game in the Europa League could be his last for the club he joined at the age of 11. He hit the bar and put another shot just wide as Leverkusen defeated Rangers in the round of 16.

The draw hasn’t made that easy, pitting Leverkusen against Inter Milan in the quarterfinal Tuesday. Inter is aiming to cap its recent resurgence with its first trophy in nine years. No Italian club has won this competition since Parma won the UEFA Cup in 1999.

Europa League live streaming of Man Utd vs Copenhagen  will begin at 12.30 am (IST) ,Tuesday on Sony LIV app and Sony Ten Sports network .

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