Manchester United lost the away match to AS Roma in the return leg of their Europa League semi-final. Roma won 3-2 but Manchester United are in the EL final nonetheless.
This is because the Red Devils had an advantage of an 8-5 aggregate score. After all, they won the first leg with a whopping 6-2 score.
This is one of the highest scores in Europa League history. With a sum 13 goals across two clashes, the teams set the record for the most goals in two legs.
Thus, Roma won 3-2 but Manchester United are in the EL final, which they’ll play in Gdansk on 26 May.
The First Half
Roma could have made a great start to the encounter with a goal right out.
In the 4th minute, the ball fell under Gianluca Mancini’s feet, and he let loose a strike from a few meters.
However, David de Gea behaved perfectly when he saved the ball.
Still, the hosts distinctly had the advantage. They outnumbered their rivals and hoped to open the bag of goals quickly.
After all, a 4:0 victory would have them promotion to the final.
However, the Italians had to be careful, as the English counter-attacked dangerously.
In the 20th minute, Edinson Cavani wasted a golden opportunity. While he was trying to outpace the goalkeeper, he hit the crossbar.
Just some moments later, the Uruguayan again could have decided the fate of the two-match series.
This time, after Cavani’s powerful strike, Antonio Mirante intervened brilliantly.
But Cavani didn’t let himself get to strike three. He finally got what he wanted in the 39th minute.
Cavani received the ball, went into a clean position and took United into the lead with a flat shot.
The Second Half
The pace of the game slowed a bit, got steadier, after the break.
Because the Red Devils were already leading 7:2 in the two-match series, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer relaxed his squad.
The coach took two of his most used players this season off the pitch.
Meanwhile, AS Roma attacked ambitiously and created an equalizer in the 57th minute.
Pedro shot the ball over the head of Edin Dzeko and the latter beat De Gea as he slotted it into the net.
Only three minutes later, the Italians seized the lead, as Bryan Cristante scored.
He accurately aimed in a shot from outside the penalty area. Roma thus came up 2-1.
The Italians were ramping up their attack and within two minutes were centimeters away from scoring again.
However, Cavani once again came to the rescue of the Red Devils. He ran brilliantly into Roma’s penalty area.
Then, he scored his second goal with a head shot and his brace equalized the match 2-2.
Nicola Zalewski from Roma however, scored for the hosts just seven minutes before death time.