Tuesday evening Seville brought a resounding surprise in the eighth finals of the Champions League. Thanks to two goals of Wissam Ben Yedder, the Spanish club won with 1-2 at Manchester United and is therefore allowed to register for the first time in the club history at the last eight in the billions ball. Both teams had played goalless matches last month in Spain.
The Manchester United game in Sánchez Pizjuán three weeks ago certainly did not deserve the beauty prize and Mourinho’s team did not intend to make the game on their own Old Trafford either. The British left the initiative to the visitors in the first half hour and escaped a delay early, when Éver Banega spooned the ball after nine minutes of soccer from a corner kick on the head of Joaquín Correa, but then his headball shaved over David de Gea’s goal. Just before that Banega had received a yellow card from referee Danny Makkelie.
Without Paul Pogba, who after a slight injury had to settle for a place on the reserve bench, Manchester United played a moderate first half. Seville combined beautifully at times, but lacked ingenuity in the final phase, so that after the early chance of Correa De Gea wasn’t shaken anymore. After 37 minutes of football, the first big chance came up for the home team. Marouane Fellaini was unlocked in the Seville penalty area by Alexis Sánchez, but the shot of the Belgian midfielder was then taken from the corner by goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
After the interruption, the audience on Old Trafford was presented with a more attractive spectacle. Early in the second half of the year, Correa dived dangerously into the Manchester United penalty area, but was stopped at the last minute by Eric Bailly. On the other side, Jesse Lingard Sergio Rico forced him to save himself and the Clément Lenglet, who was playing hard, threw himself up as Romelu Lukaku’s tormentor. The Frenchman played a dyke of a match and fought fiercely with his fellow defenders against the short Manchester United offensive.
After exactly one hour of playing, Mourinho decided to bring Pogba within the lines. He took place on the midfield next to Nemanja Matic. Seville trainer Vincenzo Montella responded ten minutes later with the insertion of Wissam Ben Yedder and the French striker eventually grew into a match-winner. Ben Yedder opened the score two minutes after his invasion with a placed shot from outside the penalty area and then almost immediately took care of the 0-2 with a header. Lukaku did a little bit back from a corner on behalf of Manchester United, but the Mourinho team wouldn’t come any further than that.
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