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Europa League quarter-final wrap

Posted: 21 April 2017 Time: 00:13

The UEFA Europa League draws closer to its conclusion with the identity of the four semi-finalists decided on Thursday night.

Marcus Rashford scored an extra-time winner as Manchester United beat Anderlecht 2-1 at Old Trafford to book their place in the Europa League semi-finals.

Jose Mourinho's side should have put the game to bed well before the full-time whistle, just as they should have done in the first leg of their quarter-final tie, which finished 1-1 in Belgium.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, but United failed to build on their good start and they were pegged back on 32 minutes as Sofiane Hanni drew Anderlecht level.

Chance after chance went a-begging for the Red Devils and they were forced into extra time, where Rashford finally struck in the 107th minute to cap off another fine display.

Meanwhile, Ajax Amsterdam advanced to the next stage via a 4-3 aggregate scoreline despite losing 3-2 to Schalke in the second leg.

Leon Goretzka and Guido Burgstaller cancelled out the advantage held by Ajax after the first leg to force the game into extra time.

During the additional 30 minutes Daniel Caligiuri put the Germans ahead but Nick Viergever and Amin Younes turned the tie in favour of Ajax.

Coming into the tie with an advantage following a 3-2 first leg victory, Celta Vigo were content with a 1-1 draw over Genk to send them through.

Pione Sisto scored for the Spanish outfit before Leandro Tossard levelled things on the night.

In Turkey penalties were required to settle the affair between Besiktas and Lyon after a 2-1 win for the home side saw the aggregate score locked at 3-3.

Earlier in the game Talisca scored tiwce for Besiktas on either side of a goal from Alexandre Lacazette to produce a result that called for spot kicks.

With all of the opening 10 penalties successfully converted the shoot out went to sudden death with Lyon triumphing 7-6.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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