Sevilla End Man Utd’s Europa League Dreams

Sevilla maintained their 100% record in Europa League semifinals with a hard-fought come-from-behind win against Manchester United in Cologne on Sunday.

The Spanish side record five-time winners of this competition will play the winner of the other semifinal between Inter Milan and Shaktar Donetsk in the final on Friday, 21 August in Cologne.

The Red Devils will rue their lack of a clinical edge as they fashioned enough chances to win the game but found Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou in superb form.

In the end, the English side were undone by lax defending and two crosses and will end the season without a trophy after losing three semifinals this season – the longest they’ve gone without silverware in over thirty years.

United took the lead in the 9th minute from their 22nd spot kick of the season awarded for a foul on Marcus Rashford in the box and dispatched by Bruno Fernandes but Sevilla hit back in the 26th minute through Suso who put away Sergio Reguilon’s cross as both teams ended the first half level.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side missed a flurry of chances in the second half and as is often the case in football, paid dearly for their profligacy when substitute Luuk De Jong formerly of Newcastle United tapped in the winner from ex-Manchester City player Jesus Navas.

Solskjaer threw on Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo with five minutes to go but the striker barely made an impact and ends his season without a trophy as the Red Devils European dreams crashed to a halt.