Europa League: Manchester United cruise previous Granada to arrange AS Roma semi-final; Arsenal thump Slavia Prague
Roma can be hoping to realize revenge on United for the 7-1 hammering they suffered at Previous Trafford on the quarter-final stage of the Champions League again in 2007.
Paris: Roma lined up a blockbuster Europa League semi-final conflict with Manchester United on Thursday after holding Ajax to a 1-1 draw to undergo to the final 4 3-2 on mixture.
Edin Dzeko’s strike 18 minutes from time ensured the draw and passage for Paulo Fonseca’s facet, who had been on the again foot for many of the match, and a showdown with United who strolled into the semis 4-0 after a 2-0 win over LaLiga outfit Granada at Previous Trafford.
The opposite semi-final will see Arsenal face Villarreal, coached by former Gunners boss Unai Emery.
“I’ve by no means obtained to a semi-final earlier than, so I am very proud, particularly as we’re representing Italy proper now,” mentioned Fonseca, who has been underneath stress following a disappointing Serie A marketing campaign.
“It is a supply of satisfaction for Roma and we’re all very completely satisfied.”
Italy’s solely remaining consultant in Europe got here into the conflict on the Stadio Olimpico with a slender lead however two away targets from final week’s first leg in Amsterdam.
Their European marketing campaign appeared in peril when Ajax teen Brian Brobbey was launched for Antony on the break and the striker made an instantaneous affect, racing onto Perr Schuurs cross three minutes after the restart and nipped the ball previous an onrushing Pau Lopez.
Nonetheless after Dusan Tadic’s strike for the away facet six minutes later was dominated out for a foul on Henrikh Mkhitaryan within the construct up, Dzeko tipped the tie in Roma’s favour.
The Bosnian was available to faucet house the leveller which put Roma a purpose forward on mixture after Riccardo Calafiori’s low cross was deflected into his path.
With Ajax needing to attain once more to take the tie into extra-time the hosts had been galvanised and managed to fend off Erik ten Hag’s outfit, who must wait till subsequent season for a shot at European glory.
“If you happen to take a look at the general tie we had been the higher facet, however that does not imply something,” Ajax’s Davy Klaasen instructed Dutch broadcaster RTL7.
“We knew they’d be completely satisfied to defend their 2-1 lead.”
Roma can be hoping to realize revenge on United for the 7-1 hammering they suffered at Previous Trafford on the quarter-final stage of the Champions League in 2007.
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