Marcus Rashford scores, easing United into the quarterfinals of the Europa League.
Marcus Rashford’s goal in the second half of Thursday’s last-16 second leg against Real Betis gave Manchester United a 1-0 victory and a 5-1 aggregate triumph as they easily advanced to the Europa League quarterfinals.
The Spanish players huffed and puffled ineffectively and left with a whimper as the English side scrupulously guarded the comfortable advantage they established at Old Trafford.
A crowded Benito Villamarin stadium roared on their team to try to erase the three-goal deficit, but Juanmi missed a sitter from close range early in the first half that could have transformed the course of the game.
Before the 41-year-old Joaquin’s long-range attempt could be stopped by United goalkeeper David de Gea, the opposition’s Facundo Pellistri hit the post from close range.
Just after halftime, De Gea made a great reflex save to save a header, but United didn’t immediately take the game over.
After missing a straightforward opportunity, Rashford quickly made amends by slipping a beautiful long-range shot inside the left post in the 55th minute.
Juventus won 2-0 over Freiburg in Germany with 10 men to advance 3-0 overall.
Just before halftime, Dusan Vlahovic scored from the penalty spot after Freiburg defender Manuel Gudel was dismissed for using his hands to prevent Adrien Rabiot from scoring.
Federico Chiesa helped the Italian team increase its lead five minutes into extra time as they controlled the game in the second half.
Feyenoord of the Netherlands defeated Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine 7-1 to advance 8-2 overall as captain Orkun Kokcu and forward Oussama Idrissi each scored twice.
Sevilla, who has won the Europa League six times in total, had to fight hard against Fenerbahce in Turkey. Fenerbahce won the second leg 1-0 courtesy to Enner Valencia’s penalty, but Sevilla advanced to the round of 16 2-1 overall.