Manchester United can continue to hope for their second success in the Europa League after their 6-2 (1-2) goal frenzy in the semi-final first leg against AS Roma. The German national goalkeeper Bernd Leno, on the other hand, has to tremble with Arsenal for a place in the final. The Gunners lost 1: 2 (0: 0) at FC Villarreal.
Match winner for Manchester United was striker Edinson Cavani, who turned the gap between the break with a brace to a 3-2 lead.
The hosts had taken the lead through Bruno Fernandes (9th), but Rome countered through Lorenzo Pellegrini (15th, hand penalty) and former Bundesliga star Edin Dzeko (34th). After Cavani’s goals Fernandes (71st, penalty kick), Paul Pogba (75th) and Mason Greenwood (86th) provided the Red Devils with a calming cushion for the second leg.
Arsenal lost a good starting position for the second leg before the break. Manuel Trigueros (5th) and Raul Albiol (29th) gave the Spanish hosts an important advantage for the second comparison. Nicolas Pepe (73rd) kept Leno’s team in the race to participate in the final on May 26th in Gdansk by scoring a controversial penalty kick.
Both teams finished the game outnumbered. When the score was 0: 2, Arsenal saw Dani Ceballos yellow-red (57th), in the closing stages Etienne Capoue from Villarreal (80th) caught it.