Man Utd seals Europa League quaterfinal berth
Rashford's goal secured Man Utd beat Real Betis 1-0(5-1)agg
The Red Devils faced Spanish side Real Betis in the second league fixture of the Europa League on Thursday at Benito Villamarín stadium. In red-hot form Marcus Rashford, who would have missed a clear opportunity a play earlier, scored the first goal in the 56th minute for the visitors, sealing both fixtures (1-5) and taking his team to the last eight of the tournament.
A long-shot goal from Marcus Rashford (56) ended Betis's hopes of lifting the resounding 4-1 suffered in the first leg at Old Trafford, after a game in the Andalusian team he put his intentions in, but lacked precision. The Verdi blancos, who blamed the injured Nabil Fekir for a foul, began by pressing United who tried to control the match but came under pressure from the rivals in the opening minutes of the first half.
Juanmi was able to open the scoring early, but his shot too crossed went licking the post (8) and soon after the captain Joaquín almost surprised the goalkeeper David de Gea with a long shot repelled by the post (11). The Spanish side reached more but found a good performance by De Gea, who beat Juanmi one-on-one when the Betis' attacker arrived practically alone (32).
United, the one who eliminated Barcelona in the previous round, gradually shook off the pressure from the locals until they came close to scoring a discount goal in the first half with a shot from the Uruguayan Facundo Pellistri in the box that hit the post (45+2 ).
The break served, as happened in the first leg, to activate United, who after the break took control of the match and ended up putting Betis in their field. Rashford, who had sent a ball to the clouds only against Rui Silva (54), made up for it with a long shot before which the Verbiblanco goalkeeper could do nothing (56).
The goal fell like a jug of cold water for Betis, who accepted the blow and although they continued fighting to win the game, they found themselves outclassed by a United who had become the master of the game.
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