Manchester United turned out to be stronger than Barcelona in the second leg of the 1/8 finals of the Europa League, and former Shakhtar player Fred became one of the main characters of today’s match.
The Red Devils actively started the game, but didn’t convert their chances and conceded themselves. On the 15 minute, Bruno Fernandes fouled in his goalkeeper’s area, after which Robert confidently took the penalty in the Catalans Lewandowski.
Before the break, none of the teams showed meaningful football, and already at the start of the second half, Manchester United equalized the score. The hero of the team of Eric ten Hag was the Brazilian Fred, who received the ball at the entrance to the penalty area, went forward and accurately shot into the left corner.
Then the initiative finally passed to the home team and they managed to translate the game advantage into the second goal scored. After two blocked shots, the ball ended up in Anthony’s possession, and he shot from 15 meters exactly into the far corner by setting the final score. 2:1 – Manchester United advance to the quarter-finals of the League, leaving Barcelona without European competition.
2022-23, Europa League
Manchester Utd – Barcelona 2:1 (0:1)
Goals: Lewandowski R., 18 (penalty) (0:1); Fred, 15 (1:1); Anthony M., 73 (2:1)
Manchester Utd : de Gea; Martinez Lee; Shaw L.; monitor lizard; Fernandes B.; Wan-Bissaka (Daloth, 23); Casemiro; Fred; Wegorst (Anthony M., 15); Sancho (Garnacho, 67); Rashford (McTominay, 78)
2022 Subs : Heaton; Maguire; Malasia; Lindelof; Main; Pelistri; Zabitzer; Elanga
Wings: Fernandes B. 60; Garnacho 73; Casemiro 86
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Araujo R. (Alonso M., 73); Christensen A.; Kunde; Al Balde; Busquets; de Jong F.; Roberto S. (Torres F., 60); Kessie (to 60); Rafinya (Fati An., 67); Lewandowski R.
Subs: Peña I.; Tenas; Alba J.; Garcia E.; Casado M.; Torre P.
Warnings: Kessie 60; Lewandowski R. 60; Busquets 73