Manchester United, England, and Rome, Italy, got an appointment in the semifinals of the European Football League, the “Europa League”, after overcoming this Thursday the obstacle of quarterfinals, while in the another semi-final, Spanish side Villarreal and coach Unai Emery will meet with his former club Arsenal.
Manchester United reached the semi-finals after renewing their 2-0 win over Granada, Spain, to keep hopes of winning a first title since 2017, when they were crowned champions of this particular competition. The Uruguayan, Adesonon Cavani (6) and Jess Vallejo, scored a free kick in the goal of his team in the 91st minute, both goals of the locals.
United, holder of the title in 2017, won the first leg 2-0 in Andalusia, ending Granada’s first continental adventure. “The Europa League is always a difficult competition, regardless of the identity of the opponent. We know the quality of Granada, but we controlled the game and got the ball,” said Portuguese Bruno Fernandes after winning.
Rome excludes Ajax
Roma, Italy’s last ambassadors in the European Championships, advanced to the semi-finals after a 1-1 draw at home to Ajax Amsterdam after a 2-1 first-leg victory in the Netherlands. Ajax took the lead through Brian Probi (49), before Bosnian Eden Djeko equalized for Roma in the 72nd minute.
“I think we did well in defense. We suffered in Amsterdam. Ajax is a good team, especially in attack … We are proud to represent Italy and proud to be in the semifinals,” said the coach of the Rome, Paolo Fonseca.
Emery knows Arsenal
Arsenal defeated Czech host Slavia Prague 4-0 to reach the semi-finals for the third time in four seasons, where they will meet their former Spanish coach Unai Emery, who crossed with his team from Villarreal in coast of Dynamo Zagreb after renewing their victory over him in Spain by 2-1 to elevate the total result of their matches to 3-1.
The first leg of the semi-final will take place on April 29, followed by the return match on May 6, while the Pole from Gdansk will host the final on the 26th of the same month.