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Super sub Ben Yedder helps Sevilla stun Man United


Super sub Ben Yedder helps Sevilla stun Man United

Super sub Ben Yedder helps Sevilla stun Man United

Wissam Ben Yedder struck in the 74th and 78th minutes after coming off the bench in the 72nd to help Sevilla stun Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford (2-1 on aggregate) on Tuesday and reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 1958.

After a goalless first half, matching the goalless first leg, the game opened up in the second period and changed when Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella brought on French striker Ben Yedder for Luis Muriel, who had wasted several chances over the two legs.

Two minutes later Pablo Sarabia fed Ben Yedder, who drilled an accurate low effort into the bottom right corner to break the deadlock, before adding a second from close range with United rocking.

Meanwhile Roma beat Shakhtar 1-0 at home to progress on away goals (2-2 on aggregate), with Edin Dzekos second half strike making the difference.

Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils shaded the first half in Manchester but it was a dull affair with few chances for either side.

However Sevilla nearly struck three minutes into the second period after Eric Bailly made a decisive intervention to deny Joaquin Correa and Franco Vazquez fired the rebound wide.

The game grew more open and frantic, with Clement Lenglet making a superb block from Alexis Sanchez, while Muriel was inches away from striking at the other end but came up short.

Eventually Sevilla made the breakthrough with 16 minutes to go when Ever Banega and Sarabia combined to play in the recently introduced Ben Yedder, who drilled a perfect low strike past David De Gea.

United were shellshocked and Sevilla scored again four minutes later, with Ben Yedder’s effort from close range fumbled by De Gea, the ball bouncing in off the post and over the line before the Spanish goalkeeper clawed it out.

It was Ben Yedder’s eighth Champions League goal in seven matches this season, and he should have scored his ninth and completed his hat-trick late on, but De Gea denied him through on goal.

Romelu Lukaku fired over from close range as United looked for a way back into the game, before the Belgian striker slammed home from a corner with six minutes remaining, but it was not enough.

“We had good chances to score, but they scored one goal and from that moment everything became much more emotional,” said Mourinho.

“The second goal made it impossible. We had good periods, we didn’t have great control over the game, but I can’t say there was anything wrong with my players and their intention to play.”

This was Sevilla’s first win on English soil, with their Champions League bid last season coming undone against Leicester at the last 16 stage.

“[This was] an historic night of pure magic, we played a team decorated with big-money signings and superstars and we were better,” said proud Sevilla president Jose Castro.

In Rome there were no first half goals either, but Dzeko struck in the 52nd minute to send the hosts ahead on the night and in the tie on away goals after his side lost 2-1 in Ukraine.

The Bosnian forward beat the offside trap by running onto Kevin Strootman’s through ball and then prodded the ball past the onrushing Andriy Pyatov from the edge of the area.

Dzeko nearly added a second 10 minutes later when he smashed a strike across Pyatov’s goal, inches wide of the post.

Ivan Ordets was sent off with 10 minutes to go for Shakhtar for a foul on Dzeko who was running through, making his team’s bid for a goal to send them through harder.

Roma held on for the victory and earned their place in Friday’s quarter-final draw.

“It was a great night for me, for Roma and the whole club,” Dzeko told Uefa.

“We deserved this. We were patient, we knew that one goal could see us reach the quarter-finals. We scored that goal and then we did everything all together.”

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