Determine 8 teams advance to Europa League quarterfinals
After the exciting clashes in the second leg of the round of 16 matches, we now know the complete lineup of the 8 teams that will compete in the quarterfinals. There have been some shocking results and even the departure of one of the favorites for the championship.
In the match between Real Betis and Man Utd, there was no surprise as the Red Devils played well and solidly against the home team’s pressure. Although both teams started the match in an open style, there was no early goal.
It wasn’t until the 50th minute of the second half that Man United scored the opening goal after a classy finish by Marcus Rashford, putting an end to the hopes of a comeback by the Spanish representatives. Both teams played tightly in the remaining minutes and there were no further goals, with the match ending 1-0 in favor of Man Utd.
Overall, Erik ten Hag’s team won with a total score of 5-1 after two legs, advancing straight to the Europa League quarterfinals.
While MU had won 4-1 against Real Betis in the first leg and only needed a narrow 1-0 win in the second leg to secure their place in the next round, Arsenal couldn’t continue their journey.
After a 2-2 draw in Lisbon, they took the lead against Sporting at the Emirates. However, they were then pegged back by a wonder goal from Pedro Goncalves before missing a host of chances due to the heroics of goalkeeper Antonio Adan.
Gabriel Martinelli’s only missed penalty in the fourth round of the shootout ultimately cost Arsenal their place in the Europa League this season. Therefore, the Gunners suffered a defeat with an aggregate score of 3-3 (losing 3-5 on penalties).
Having bid farewell to the C2 arena, Mikel Arteta’s team must now focus all their efforts on the Premier League. If they fail to maintain their position at the top of the table in the final 11 matches and lose to Man City, they will once again face the prospect of finishing the season empty-handed.
There will not be an all-English final as many fans expected, but an all-Italian final is still possible. Juventus only won 1-0 against Freiburg in the first leg, but in the second leg, they convincingly won 2-0 with a one-man advantage. Meanwhile, AS Roma had a 2-0 lead in the first leg and only needed a goalless draw in the second leg to secure their place in the next round.
The remaining clubs all represent different countries. Feyenoord was the most impressive with a 7-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk to win 8-2 on aggregate, while Union Saint-Gilloise created a surprise by beating Union Berlin to give Belgium a representative in the quarter-finals.
Germany still has one team left with Bayer Leverkusen’s 4-0 aggregate victory over Ferencvaros, and the “Europa League king” Sevilla lost narrowly 0-1 in Turkey but still progressed past Fenerbahce with a 2-1 aggregate win.
Manchester United will undoubtedly be wary of facing a strong opponent such as Juventus, Roma (managed by former United coach Jose Mourinho), or even Sporting, but they will also be wary of Sevilla, a team that has won the Europa League six times.
Although Sevilla is no longer as fearsome this season (they have even been candidates for relegation in La Liga), the team has become a “monster” in the Europa League that no one can control.
Starting from the quarter-finals, there will be no seedings between teams, and teams from the same league may face each other. Therefore, anyone can face anyone, including a match between Juventus and Roma.
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