Daily Dispatch

Man United move into Europa League last eight

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Former Europa League winners Manchester United booked a quarterfin­al tournament spot after their second-string side’s 2-1 home win over LASK Linz to seal a 7-1 aggregate rout of the Austrian side.

United play FC Copenhagen in Cologne on Monday after the Danes beat Istanbul Basaksehir 3-0 at home earlier on Wednesday to wipe out a 1-0 first-leg deficit.

United fell behind to a spectacula­r Philipp Wiesinger goal in the 55th minute before Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial replied.

Virtually assured of progress after a 5-0 win at LASK in March, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a below-strength side.

Solskjaer said the fringe players needed a run to stay in shape for United’s trip to Germany, where the latter stages of the competitio­n will be played in a mini-tournament.

“We learnt that the players need to play to keep that sharpness,” he said.

“Some of these lads haven’t played for a while and it showed. It’s job done, minutes under the belt and on to [face] Copenhagen.”

United were under pressure early as LASK’s Andres Andrade hit the bar in the 10th minute and Husein Balic fired wide before striker Marko Raguz twice came close.

LASK took a lead when United half cleared a corner and

Wiesinger gave goalkeeper Sergio Romero no chance with a shot from 25m into the top corner.

Lingard equalised for United after a pass by Juan Mata.

Late substitute Martial completed United’s comeback in the 88th minute when his closerange shot trickled through Schlager’s legs.

Romero kept out a Raguz back-heel from two metres with a superb reflex save.

Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen were on target as Inter Milan moved into the last eight with a 2-0 win over Getafe.

Getafe started strongly and went close to an opener when Nemanja Maksimovic’s header was saved by Inter keeper Samir Handanovic.

Inter responded with striker Lautaro Martinez twice forcing good saves out of David Soria before Lukaku opened the scoring to into the bottom corner.

Getafe responded after the break with Jaime Mata seeing a header tipped over by Handanovic before they were given a great chance to level when VAR spotted a handball by Inter defender Diego Godin.

After Lukaku missed a chance from close range, Inter substitute Eriksen secured the win.

The last eight will be played in four German cities, with the final on August 21 in Cologne.

 ?? Picture: CARL RECINE/REUTERS ?? THROUGH: LASK Linz’s Philipp Wiesinger fights for possession with Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo in their Europa League round of 16 second leg-match at Old Trafford.
Picture: CARL RECINE/REUTERS THROUGH: LASK Linz’s Philipp Wiesinger fights for possession with Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo in their Europa League round of 16 second leg-match at Old Trafford.

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