Sevilla overcame Manchester United thanks to a late goal to reach the final of the Europa League, winning 2-1 in Cologne, Germany.

It was United that broke the deadlock in the first few minutes. Following a clever scoop pass from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford was adjudged to have been fouled by Brazilian defender Diego Carlos causing a penalty. Thanks to a Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring after just seven minutes , but Sevilla leveled 20 minutes later with tidy finish from Suso.

A slick passing move that began from deep in the Sevilla half resulted in left-back Sergio Reguilón crossing for Suso to sweep the ball home.

In the second half, Manchester United started on the front foot, and only a spell of inspired goalkeeping from Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou denied Manchester United a second goal.

Having weathered that storm, Sevilla grew as an attacking force and finally the increased pressure and possession from the Spanish side told.

A cross from right-back Navas flew past the onlooking Victor Lindelof and onto the foot of the awaiting de Jong to score his first goal in 12 games.

And United rarely troubled the Sevilla goal after that, meaning it will be the third season in a row without a trophy, the first time that’s happened since 1987-89.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “We had moments in spells in both halves where we should have scored a few. We have a young team — some spells showed that this group of players will have to learn and get some consistency in their play.

“When we get the ball down and create chances, it’s scintillating at times. The keeper had a fantastic game. It’s disappointing we didn’t score because we’ve got players with that quality.”

Although he was disappointed to have been knocked out of the competition, Solskjaer hailed the improvement his side has made over the season and stressed the need for more investment.

FACTS

Sevilla will face either Inter Milan or Shakhtar Donetsk, who play in the other semifinal on Monday in Dusseldorf.

Sevilla’s appearance in the final continues the club’s excellent form in the competition. This season will be the sixth Europa League final the club has reached, at least two more times than any other side in the history of the tournament.

Manchester United in 2019-20 (League Cup, FA Cup, Europa League) are the first ever English top-flight team to fall at the semi-final stage of three different competitions within the same campaign

The penalty was the 22nd penalty awarded to Manchester United in all competitions this season, which is the most awarded to a team in Europe’s top five leagues in a single season since Barcelona in 2015-16.

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