Man United in the quarter-finals with a pair of wins Manchester United had already paved the way for the quarter-finals of the Europa League by winning the first leg by a large margin. They also dominated the second leg. Even though the gap is not big, Eric Ten Haag’s disciples left the field with the victory.
Manchester United beat Real Betis 1-0 with Marcus Rashford’s goal in the second leg of the Europa League round of sixteen at the Benito Viamarin Stadium on Thursday night (March 16). The Red Devils secured the ticket to the last eight by leading 5-1 in the two legs.
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With a 4-1 first-leg lead at home to Old Trafford, there was little pressure for Mayo in the second leg. Even with a 2-0 away defeat, the Red Devils advanced to the next round. Casemiro has played without pressure in such an equation. They did not have much edge in attack.
Although they dominated possession, shots on target. With possession in the 54th hour, Man United took 17 shots on goal, 4 of which were on target. On the contrary, 2 of the 15 shots taken by Betis were on goal.
In the first half, however, the hosts were ahead in attack. Betis had the opportunity to advance in the eighth minute of the match. Juanmi attacked from the right side after receiving a pass from his teammate almost from midfield. There was no football player in Man United’s defense to stop him. Juanmi quickly entered the D-box with the ball. But the Spanish forward got David de Gea in a one-on-one position but took a shot off the bar.
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Three minutes later another 41-year-old Spanish forward Joaquin’s powerful shot from 25 yards narrowly missed the net. Man United went on the first significant attack in added time of the first half. Bruno Fernandes’ free kick was in the box but Facundo Pelestri couldn’t put it in the net. De Hare Kalyan saved the visitors from conceding in the 54th minute after the break.
One minute later, Manchester United scored. Rushford took the lead from 25 yards after taking possession of Casemiro’s pass in the attack on the left side. The English forward scored his sixth goal in the Europa League. In the end, the visitors left the field with this one-goal lead. Manchester United entered the last eight of the Europa League with a 5-1 lead over the two legs.