Europa League: Bruno Fernandes seeds Man United, Inter beat Leverkusen


By: Reuters |

Up to date: August 11, 2020 10:33:40 am

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their first purpose with teammates. (Reuters)

Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals as midfielder Bruno Fernandes scored a 95th-minute penalty to safe a 1-Zero win over FC Copenhagen after further time on Monday.

United, who gained Europe’s second-tier competitors in 2017, will subsequent meet both Sevilla or Wolverhampton Wanderers for a berth within the ultimate after grinding down their cussed Danish opponents in an entertaining last-eight conflict.

Copenhagen dominated the opening half and missed a number of possibilities earlier than United moved up a gear within the second, hitting the woodwork twice and forcing a string of excellent saves from goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.

Fernandes settled the competition when he drilled his spot-kick previous Johnsson after Anthony Martial, who noticed a number of sitters thwarted by the keeper, was fouled by Andreas Bjelland.

Copenhagen got here ahead seeking an equaliser within the final 15 minutes of additional time however United’s defence, which seemed shaky all night, held out because the staff booked a semi-final spot.

Lukaku leads Inter

Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku kicks the ball previous Leverkusen’s goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky in the course of the Europa League quarterfinal match. (AP Photograph)

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen as he tormented the Germans to steer his facet into the Europa League semi-finals on Monday.

Nicolo Barella put Inter forward after 15 minutes, driving the ball dwelling after Lukaku’s shot was blocked, and 6 minutes later the Belgian acquired on the scoresheet when he displayed his power by holding off defender Edmond Tapsoba earlier than firing dwelling.

Leverkusen winger Kai Havertz, reported to be a switch goal of Premier League membership Chelsea, pulled a purpose again for the Germans nevertheless it was goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky who saved them within the recreation with a string of high quality saves.

The win units up a semi-final towards Ukrainian facet Shakhtar Donetsk or FC Basel of Switzerland, who meet on Tuesday

After scoring what proved to be the winner, Lukaku may have had a second purpose when Inter have been awarded a penalty for handball, however that harsh choice towards Leverkusen was overturned by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Tapsoba struggled all evening to include the physicality of 27-year-old Lukaku, who set a file by scoring in 9 straight Europa League video games, and within the second half the centre-back resorted to hacking the striker down on quite a lot of events.

Searching for their first trophy since a 2011 Coppa Italia triumph, Inter despatched on Alexis Sanchez within the second half and he had two glorious efforts blocked by last-ditch defending.

Lukaku was once more denied a spot kick by VAR after an Inter participant was found to have dealt with simply earlier than Christian Eriksen was bundled over within the field, and he fired a late shot vast underneath stress from Tapsoba as Inter held on for victory.

Lukaku confirmed loads of humility after his dominant efficiency, saying: “To me, the person of the match is Nicolo Barella. The best way he performs soccer is just unimaginable – maturity, high quality. He’s actually an excellent participant.”

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