Europa League: Sevilla mount dramatic late comeback to hold Manchester United 2-2
Manchester : Six-time winners Sevilla fought back from two goals down to secure a draw thanks to a pair of late own goals against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Europa League quarterfinal first leg.In another match, Federico Gatti’s first goal for Juventus gave the Italian side a narrow win in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final against an impressive Sporting CP.
The hosts started brightly and had the ball in the net in the opening 30 seconds, but Jadon Sancho’s effort was ruled out for offside.The speed with which United broke for that attack gave Sevilla a warning of what was to come.
With 14 minutes gone a neat passing move culminated in Bruno Fernandes’ slide-rule pass picking out Marcel Sabitzer on the edge of the area. The Austrian international controlled it superbly with his right foot, before rifling a left-footed strike that deflected off Marc�o and looped into the net.
Seven minutes later and the midfielder had doubled his, and the Red Devils’ tally on the night. Anthony Martial, making his first start in three months, was instrumental in the home side’s quick counter, eventually providing the defence-splitting pass for Sabitzer to advance and coolly place his shot out of reach of the advancing Bounou, according to information available on the UEFA Europa League website.
The visitors rarely tested David de Gea in the first half, but Tanguy Nianzou’s powerful header from an Ivan Rakitic corner just before the break found the goalkeeper in excellent form.Erik ten Hag’s men were unable to replicate their first-half intensity after the break but could have added a third shortly after the hour, Antony’s spectacular strike after cutting in from the right cannoning back off the post.
Sevilla burst into life late on and halved their deficit when substitute Jes�s Navas sent in a low centre that struck Tyrell Malacia and then De Gea on its way into the roof of the net.The introduction of top scorer Youssef En-Nesyri had given the visitors an outlet in the penalty area, the substitute brilliantly denied by the home goalkeeper moments later.
Sevilla kept coming and Lucas Ocampos’ high, hanging ball from the right in added time was perfect for En-Nesyri to attack. The Moroccan international’s powerful header deflected off the unfortunate Harry Maguire and wrong-footed De Gea, giving the visitors an unlikely draw to take back to Spain.
NARROW WIN FOR JUVE
In Turin, despite both sides picking attacking teams and employing positive tactics, this match turned into a fascinating battle, Federico Chiesa having an early effort saved by Sporting goalkeeper Antonio Ad�n after expertly controlling a searching diagonal ball from �ngel Di Mar�a.
Sporting gradually grew into the game and Sebasti�n Coates tested Wojciech Szczesny at the other end with an acrobatic far-post volley. The home goalkeeper was also equal to a near-post effort from Pedro Gon�alves while Nuno Santos had a low drive cleared off the line by Gleison Bremer.
Szczesny was withdrawn shortly before half-time, and his replacement Mattia Perin was quickly into the action, keeping out a curling Pedro Gon�alves effort early in the second period.Juventus grew more threatening as the half wore on, Chiesa causing Sporting plenty of trouble down the left, and one of those runs indirectly led to the only goal 17 minutes from time.
Ad�n was tempted out to try to collect Nicol� Fagioli’s deep corner only to miss the ball, and though Du�an Vlahovic’s subsequent header was blocked on the line by Coates, Gatti was on hand to force in.
Sporting almost snatched a dramatic equaliser deep into added time as Perin produced a superb double save, first keeping out Pedro Gon�alves’ close-range effort and then springing up to block H�ctor Bellerin’s follow-up on the line, to ensure Juventus will have a lead to defend in Portugal next week.
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