Man United, Ajax, Celta Vigo and Lyon qual­ify to the semis

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

It was a dif­fer­ent Thurs­day night as three out of the four quar­ter­fi­nal matches con­tin­ued to ex­tra­time with the game be­tween Be­sik­tas and Lyon also head­ing to penal­ties. Af­ter th­ese games, the four semi fi­nal­ists are Manch­ester United, Celta Vigo, Ajax, and Olimpique Lyon.

Manch­ester United had a dif­fi­cult evening in Old Traf­ford but man­aged to squeeze past An­der­lecht, win­ning 2-1 af­ter ex­tra­time.

The Red Devils took the lead af­ter ten min­utes as Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan fired past Ruben af­ter an as­sist by Mar­cus Rash­ford, but An­der­lecht equalised on the 32nd minute thanks Sofi­ane Hanni, af­ter a pre­vi­ous shot hit the cross­bar.

United had sev­eral chances es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half but couldn’t score the win­ner, and the game con­tin­ued in ex­tra­time.

Just be­fore the end of the reg­u­lar time, Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic had to be taken off with an in­jury. The all im­por­tant goal came on the 107th minute with a great per­sonal ac­tion by Mar­cus Rash­ford that fin­ished with a low left foot shot.

Celta Vigo was the only team that qual­i­fied af­ter the 90 min­utes as they fin­ished 1-1 away against Genk, af­ter win­ning 3-2 in Spain.

They went ahead on the 63rd minute af­ter a goal by Pione Sisto, but Genj equalised just four min­utes later from Le­an­dro Trossard, a goal that wasn’t enough for the Bel­gian team to qual­ify.

Schalke looked to have made a great come­back as they de­feated Ajax 3-1 in Veltins Arena, but Ajax man­aged to score the away goal that put them through.

Leon Goret­zka opened the scored eight min­utes into the sec­ond half, and dou­bled their lead three min­utes later with a goal by Guido Burgstaller.

The game went to ex­tra-time and it was Daniel Caligiuri that scored what seemed to be the de­ci­sive goal for Schalke in the 101st minute. But Nick Viergever had other plans as he scored ten min­utes later to put his team through.

Olimpique Lyon qual­i­fied af­ter beat­ing Be­sik­tas af­ter penal­ties.

The mo­ment when Mar­cus Rash­ford scored the qual­i­fy­ing goal Photo: AP

Be­sik­tas's Talisca, cen­ter, scores the open­ing goal Photo: AP

Celta play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter their team scored the im­por­tant away goal Photo: AP

Ajax's Lasse Schöne, left, shoots a free kick dur­ing the game be­tween Schalke and Ajax Photo: AP

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