Europa League: Arsenal on fire, Manchester United quiet and Ajax eliminated, what to remember from the quarter-finals

Arsenal, Villareal, Manchester United and AS Roma have qualified for the semi-finals of the Europa League.

In difficulty in the first leg, Arsenal woke up in this quarter-final second leg of the Europa League on Thursday April 15, winning (4-0) against Slavia Prague, to go to the semi-finals against Villareal. AS Roma resisted Ajax Amsterdam (1-1) and will find Manchester United in the semi-final, which controlled against Granada (2-0).

Manchester United had a very quiet quarter-final against Granada. Easy winners in the first leg in Andalusia (2-0) last week, the Mancuniens controlled without forcing their talent this Thursday at Old Trafford. After opening the scoring in the 5th minute thanks to Edinson Cavani, the Red Devils waited for the final whistle by controlling their Spanish opponents, who offered them the break on a goal against his camp of Vallejo at the very end of the game ( 2-0).

Thanks to this magnificent goal, scored on a volley of the left foot, after a header from Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani crossed the bar of 350 goals scored since his arrival in Europe in 2007. This achievement in the quarterfinals of Europa League is also El Matador’s first in the competition for over 8 years, along with Napoli.

Ajax were badly embarked after their defeat to AS Roma (2-1) at the Johan Cruijff Arena in the quarter-final first leg, which ended a series of 24 unbeaten games. The Dutch tried everything on Thursday. They literally suffocated the Romans in their Stadio Olimpico, depriving them of balloons, accumulating a hegemonic possession of 71%, but to no avail.

Ajax thought they had opened the way as soon as they returned from the locker room. The young American Bryan Brobbey (19), who entered the pitch at half-time, took only three short minutes to be decisive by mischievously deceiving the Roman goalkeeper. Despite 10 shots, the Batavians failed to transform their domination and were crucified by the equalizer of Edin Dzeko.

With this draw (1-1), AS Roma file in half to find Manchester United. “We knew that Ajax was coming tonight to qualify, I think we had a good defensive game, reacted the French midfielder of Roma, Jordan Veretout. We could do better offensively, but with such an attitude on the pitch, we can do great things. The semi-final against Manchester United? Let’s already savor the qualification. It gives us a little more confidence. We have to be quiet. “

The Londoners, eliminated at kick-off after their draw at the Emirates last week (1-1), the Gunners quickly set the record straight. They scored three goals in six minutes. Nicolas Pépé first opened the scoring (18th) before Alexandre Lacazette made the break from the penalty spot (21st) and Bukayo Saka hit the nail on the head in the 25th minute.

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