Europa League: Semi-finals second leg results – Manchester United  hold on after nervy clash to set up Stockholm final with Ajax, who edge out Lyon

​ Lyon 3 – 1 Ajax (Aggregate  4 – 5)

Manchester United  1 – 1 Celta vigo ( Aggregate  2 – 1)



  • Manchester United  1 – 1 Celta vigo ( Aggregate  2 – 1)

Manchester United edged into the Europa League final after a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo in their semi-final second leg on Thursday secured a 2-1 aggregate win.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, United took control as Marouane Fellaini headed home Marcus Rashford’s cross.

But Celta, needing two goals, levelled on the night through Facundo Roncaglia to set up a tense final few minutes.

United’s Eric Bailly and Roncaglia were sent off after a mass brawl, and the hosts hung on to reach the final.


They will meet Ajax, who beat Lyon in the other semi-final, in Stockholm on 24 May.


United had never lost a two-legged European tie after winning the first leg away from home, and knew they would reach the final by keeping a clean sheet at an expectant Old Trafford.


It will be the first opportunity for United to win the Europa League trophy – the only major European trophy missing from their collection.
United are just one win away from Champions League qualification.


And, with the EFL Cup already in the bag, it would give Jose Mourinho the chance to win the double in his first season in charge at Old Trafford.

  • Lyon 3 – 1 Ajax (Aggregate  4 – 5)

Ajax secured a place in their first European final for 21 years after surviving a huge scare to beat Lyon 5-4 on aggregate in their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

The Dutch side, who played the final six minutes with 10 men, lost 3-1 in the second leg.

Ajax scored first through Kasper Dolberg’s crafty finish to move 5-1 ahead on aggregate.

Lyon’s in-demand striker Alexandre Lacazette led the fightback with two in 79 seconds on the stroke of half-time, and Rachid Ghezzal’s header, which deflected in off Nick Viergever, who moments later was sent off, resulted in a nail-biting finish.

They meet Manchester United in Stockholm on May 24, their first European showpiece since losing the 1996 Champions League final on penalties to Juventus.
Ajax are already assured of at least a place in the Champions League third qualifying round with a top-two finish in the Eredivisie. But they trail Dutch leaders Feyenoord by a point with the season set to conclude on Sunday, so the Europa final will likely be important for advancing directly to the group stage.

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