EUROPA LEAGUE SEMIFINALS: MANCHESTER UNITED 1-1 CELTA VIGO

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Manchester United booked a place opposite Ajax in the UEFA Europa League final in Stockholm after a competitive 1-1 draw against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Jose Mourinho fielded an unchanged starting line-up following the 1-0 first leg win in Spain as United looked to extend their 17-match unbeaten home run in Europe.

FIRST HALF

It was always going to be a nervy affair owing to the fact that United didn’t kill their chances over in Spain. Celta started vibrantly owing possession and controlling the tempo, Iago Aspas forced Sergio Romero into a save inside five minutes after cutting in from the right wing.

With Celta Vigo controlling the pace, it took an individual piece of brilliance from Paul Pogba to ignite United as he set Marcus Rashford away on the counter-attack, but it was well cut-out.

United took the lead in the 17th minute as Rashford’s accurate cross from the left was directed into goal by Fellaini at the far post.


His fourth goal of the season was also United’s 100th of the 2016/17 campaign and the midfielder has now scored in FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League semi-final matches for United.

Celta increased the tempo and were nearly level before the end of the half after good movement on the left from Pione Sisto. He whipped in a cross across the box which Daniel Wass dived low to head wide with Romero left rooted to the spot. 

SECOND HALF
Celta were almost level inside 60 seconds of the restart as their captain Mallo almost caught Romero out with a cross across the box from the right. Rashford and Fellaini, forced good saves out of Alvarez with low strikes inside the box.

As the half was nearing its end, there was urgency in the Spanish sides play. They needed two goals to go through on aggregate, John Guidetti had an opportunity to level things but wasted the chance.

With five minutes left in regulation Roncaglia headed home ensuring a frantic end to the game. 

Emotions were running high and players started getting out of hand, forcing the referee to hand out reds to both Roncaglia and Eric Bailly. 


The last attempt of the game fell to John Guidetti, who could have fired into an empty goal but instead lost control of the ball. 

United were able to secure a 2-1 aggregate victory, and will meet Ajax on the 24th of May. 
FULL-TIME STATS

Possession: United  32% Celta Vigo 68%

Shots: United  11 Celta Vigo 16 

Shots on target: United  4 Celta Vigo 6

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