Manchester United passed by the shore Europa League Quarterfinals after 1-0 win Real Betis at a bustling Benito Villamarin Stadium. A 4-1 win in the first leg meant United had a leg up in the next round, but Betis started the match determined to keep the draw alive.
Juanmi missed two chances early on, hit the post and narrowly shot wide in a half where Betis had hollowed out United midfield several times but failed to find the finishing touches.
However, United came into the game in the second half and started to create good luck, forcing Rashford to make a good save from Silva before he shone over the bar at close range.
Although it seems like it will not be a good night for the British, who have shouldered most of the offensive load of the team in the last period, he finally found his goal in the 55th minute. Rashford, who picked up the ball in the gap on the left wing, showed excellent technique by hitting it with the outside of his foot from almost 30 meters and the ball flew into the opposite corner.
His goal ended the draw and effectively ended the game with a few half chances from either side as both teams got tired and United continued to seek two more trophies.
Here are the player ratings:
David de Gea, 6
He made some good saves in a very intense game for the Spaniard. It’s important to note how many of his saves were due to losing his ball.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 6
He’s tough enough on defense but always lacks any real threat on offense and tonight he was more the same.
Harry Maguire, 7
United’s club captain stared into the late minutes, but was easily defensive tonight. He settled in well after some early Betis chances and didn’t go wrong with some key blocks and openings afterwards.
Lisandro Martinez, 7
As always, he is determined on the defensive. The Argentine has always been a reliable player for United, and tonight he displayed the tough tackle, excellent readability and accurate passes that have made him a fan favorite at the Theater of Dreams.
He had several skirmishes with Sabaly—some of whom he lost in dangerous positions—and although Rashford was of little help, he wasn’t threatening enough in the attack. His performances will continue to convince fans that he has a solid future at the club.
United were split very easily in midfield in the first half, but things got tighter in the second half. The Brazilian player played a typical game; Recovering the ball is good on the pass but a few false passes. Solid if unpretentious.
It was like all over an end-to-end game. These types of games usually suit the Brazilian player, his most meaningful contribution was in defense with some important interventions in and around the penalty area.
Bruno Fernandes, 6
It’s a quiet night for the Portuguese, who has had a few good chances but was guilty of wasting it on offense. If United are to cope without Casemiro, they need to have better possession in the next few games.
Facundo Pellistri, 6
Some promising moments from the young Uruguayan’s debut to the club. Always looking forward and looking for some nice passes in the final third, but he was guilty of ruining a good chance or two.
It’s an awkward night for United’s main man, who seems tired throughout the game. A quiet first half was followed by two very good chances, but he more than made up for it with an excellent long-range shot for his goal.
Wout Weghorst, 6
He didn’t try his luck in the kind of performance that marked his time at the club. It can be effective in such games, but higher quality will be sought in the summer.
Marcel Sabitzer 6, Jadon Sancho 7, Anthony Elanga 6, Victor Lindelof 6, Diogo Dalot 6
Silva6 , Sabaly 7, Pezzella 7, Gonzalez 6, Abner 6, Rodriguez 6, Carvalho 6, Ruibal 7, Joaquin 7, Juanmi 7, Perez 6.
Subs: Miranda 6, Canales 6, Jose 5, Guardado 6, Iglesias 6
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