Manchester United 2-1 Celta De Vigo
Manchester United edged past Celta De Vigo to book a place into the UEFA Europa League – courtesy of a 1-1 draw in the second leg. They edged into the Europa League finals with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Celta Vigo. It was the most ardently celebrated 1-1 home draw of the campaign which has seen many!
After Roncaglia’s strike in the 85th minute, tensions between both the parties escalated – which eventually forced the referee to dismiss Bailly and Roncaglia.
United are through to the Europa League, however they almost lost it late on with Guidetti having a huge chance with the last kick of the game! It wasn’t the best of performances from United, they took an early lead through Fellaini, however Celta kept pushing forward and got their reward late on with an equaliser on the night, before throwing everything at United to grab a winning goal.
United will be now looking forward to win the Europa League for the first time in their history. Whilst this was also the first time that Celta Vigo had reached the semi-final stage of a UEFA Cup/Europa League campaign.
Celta had a bright start to the game and could well have taken the lead four minutes in when Aspas fired the first shot at goal and forced Romero into making a superb diving save. The Celta winger cut inside and beat Blind with his pace before firing a curling shot towards goal which Romero did well to push the ball over the crossbar.
However, any Old Trafford nerves were calmed in the 17th minute when United were given a two goal aggregate cushion by Fellaini. United lead as Rashford whipped a sensational ball into the box for the unmarked Fellaini to head home at the far post.
Rashford was causing all sort of problems for the Spanish outfit as he drifted down the right wing and played a square ball across the box looking for Fellaini, however it was slightly behind the midfielder and the danger was cleared. That was almost a tap-in for United’s second goal.
Celta had a great chance to pull one back in the 27th minute Pablo Hernandez shot from the from the edge of the box and forced Romero to tip the ball over the bar. It was a pretty straight forward save for the United keeper, but it was a decent opportunity for the visitors.
The first yellow card of the game was shown to Blind for his high challenge on Hernandez in the 32nd minute. Blind took a poor touch which allowed Hernandez the chance to nick the ball away and the United defender dived into the tackle.
Celta had a huge chance to score and push United to the brink in the 42nd minute when Sisto beat Valencia to whip a ball towards the six-yard box, which was missed by John Guidetti, however Wass met it at the far post and he could have scored! His diving header went narrowly wide of the post.
Celta began the second period much like they started the first i.e. on a positive and attacking note. They had to chance to draw things level in the 46th minute when Sisto sent a great ball into the box from the left wing but Guidetti couldn’t get on the end of ball and the danger was cleared away by United’s defence.
Celta had only Alvarez to thank for keeping them in the tie in the 49th minute when he pushed Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s rasping 25-yard drive over the crossbar.
United were on the receiving end in the 58th minute when Guidetti had a great chance to pull a goal back for the visitors, however the striker couldn’t get his foot around the ball and his strike from the edge of the six-yard box went narrowly wide of the goal. Romero was rooted to the spot then and that should have hit the back of the net!
Rashford did brilliantly at the other end a few moments later, turning Gustavo Cabral inside out, dribbling past Roncaglia and seeing his chipped effort blocked by Alvarez.
United had a brilliant chance to hand themselves a 3 goal cushion in the 69 minute when Fellaini forced Alvarez into making a smart stop down to his right from a tight angle. The ball was played to the midfielder who quickly fired a shot at goal and it was just sneaking into the net, but Alvarez got down quickly to deny him.
In the 75th minute Guidetti had a fantastic opportunity to pull one back, however his header was terribly mistimed and it went well wide of the goal. The Celta striker managed to get away from Blind and Bailly, he was completely unmarked in the box but he got it all wrong!
Celta finally scored in the 85th minute when Roncaglia headed Theo Bongonda’s cross into the bottom-left corner. Roncaglia scored for Celta, making the score 1-1 and 2-1 on aggregate. Celta knew that they needed one more goal to book themselves a place into the finals and so they approached to go for the kill.
The drama ramped up another notch as Bailly and Guidetti clashed a minute later, the Swede going to ground after receiving a hand to the face and Roncaglia retaliated by shoving the United man to also receive his marching orders.
Guidetti had the chance to finish United off with almost the last kick of the game but he failed to sort his feet out with the goal at his mercy. It was an absolute sitter for the striker. A deep ball came into the box, it was flicked on and passed across the goal by Beauvue, the Swede then just has to tap the ball into the back of the net.
The referee soon blew the whistle to send the home fans into tizzy but a section of crowd were left fuming over their luck !!