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UEFA Champions League: Man United eliminated thanks to Yedder brace, Dzeko pushes Roma through

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 23:00 Last update: about 5 years ago
Manchester United's Nemanja Matic reacts after Sevilla scored their second goal of the game as he waits for the restart during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Manchester United's Nemanja Matic reacts after Sevilla scored their second goal of the game as he waits for the restart during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Sevilla reached the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time after beating Manchester United 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to two second-half goals from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder.

The French striker scored in the 74th minute — two minutes after coming on — with a low shot from 12 meters and then sent in a header off a corner that United goalkeeper David De Gea could only parry into his own net in the 78th.

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Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho walks to the dressing room aft half time during the Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

That left United 2-0 behind on aggregate and needing three goals to advance. Romelu Lukaku pulled one back from close range in the 84th but a late rally couldn't prevent United slipping out of the competition.

Ben Yedder, a former futsal player for France, moved onto eight goals in this season's competition and he missed a chance for a hat trick as United's defense fell apart in the latter stages. Only Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo — with 12 goals — has more.

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchex, reacts after United miss a chance to score as Manchester United's Jesse Lingard walks back to his position during the Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Sevilla last reached the last eight of the competition in 1958, when it was called the European Cup, and joins fellow Spanish team Real Madrid in Friday's draw.

The 0-0 draw in the first leg in Spain three weeks ago always felt dangerous score line for United.

Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi, left holds off the challenge of Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez during the Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

The longer it went scoreless, the more nervy it got inside Old Trafford and the more likely one goal from Sevilla would decide the game.

Enter Ben Yedder, who gave the visitors a cutting edge the man he replaced — Luis Muriel — didn't offer.

Sevilla's head coach Vicenzo Montella celebrates after his sides scored their second goal of the game during the Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

His crucial first goal came when Pablo Sarabia found space between United's defense and midfield, and fed Ben Yedder with a precise through ball. The striker got half a meter on Eric Bailly and drove a low shot inside the post.

De Gea had no chance with that goal, but could have done more about the second. A Sevilla corner was flicked onto the back post where Ben Yedder stooped to send in a header that De Gea tried to palm over the bar but only succeeded in diverting it into his own net.

Sevilla's Wissam Ben Yedder, at right reacts after he scores his sides second goal of the game during the Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

By starting Marouane Fellaini for the first time since Nov. 22, United manager Jose Mourinho ceded some of the midfield control that was a standout feature of his team's 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

There was space in front of United's back four, with holding midfielder Nemanja Matic isolated as Fellaini roamed, and a team with more incisiveness than Sevilla would have capitalized earlier than it did.

Sevilla's Wissam Ben Yedder, second left puts his shirt back on as he celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

As it was, Sevilla couldn't find the target with a slew of efforts from distance in the first half but, with Steven Nzonzi and Evert Banega controlling the midfield, United was not finding it easy.

After halftime, United looked more threatening — Jesse Lingard's low shot brought a good save from goalkeeper Sergio Rico — but was thankful for a last-gasp tackle by Bailly to deny Joaquin Correa just as the Sevilla forward was about to shoot.

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates towards the crowd after he scored his sides first goal of the game during the Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Mourinho chose to bring Paul Pogba on for Fellaini on the hour mark to bring some variety to the team's attacking moves. But it was the introduction of Ben Yedder that had the biggest impact.

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku reacts after missing a chance on goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford holds his shirt up to his face as he walks off the pitch after the end of the Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Manchester United and Sevilla, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Sevilla won the game 2-1 and go through to the quarterfinals . (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)


Roma's Edin Dzeko, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Champions League round of 16 second-leg football match between Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

 

Roma beats Shakhtar 1-0 to reach CL quarterfinals

Roma overcame a poor first-half performance to beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 on Tuesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score.

Edin Dzeko scored the only goal of the match early in the second half as Roma became the second Italian side to progress to the final eight after Juventus beat Tottenham last week.

Shakhtar led 2-1 from the first leg and would have advanced with a draw, but its hopes of an equalizer diminished 11 minutes from time when defender Ivan Ordets was sent off for hauling down Dzeko.

Roma's Edin Dzeko tries to dribble past Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov during a Champions League round of 16 second-leg football match between Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

It is the first time in 11 years that two Italian teams are in the quarterfinals, with the draw taking place Friday.

"Going through and being among the strongest teams has to be a source of great pride," Dzeko said. "I don't have a preferred opponent: they are all strong teams, but we will play to win against anyone. We are among the eight strongest teams in Europe, it means we are strong too."

Roma's Edin Dzeko, right, celebrates with his teammate Cengiz Under after scoring after scoring his side's opening goal during a Champions League round of 16 second-leg football match between Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)

In the night's other match, Sevilla knocked out Manchester United with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford to go through with the same score on aggregate. Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice after coming on in the second half, with Romelu Lukaku pulling a goal back for United.

Roma hadn't conceded in its three Champions League matches at the Stadio Olimpico this season but nearly netted an own goal when Alessandro Florenzi tried to head clear a free kick but sent the ball flashing across the face of goal.

Shakhtar's Ivan Ordets, left, gets a red card during a Champions League round of 16 second-leg football match between Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Shakhtar dominated possession early and Taison almost scored but his effort flew narrowly over the crossbar.

But Roma broke the deadlock seven minutes after the break as Dzeko latched on to Kevin Strootman's ball over the top and slotted it into the bottom right corner.

Roma's Edin Dzeko is fouled by Shakhtar's Ivan Ordets during a Champions League round of 16 second-leg football match between Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

That gave Roma confidence and it almost doubled its lead 10 minutes later but Dzeko fired narrowly wide.

A small brawl between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Facundo Ferreyra pushed a ballboy over the advertising boards. Ferreyra was shown a yellow card.

Roma and Shakhtar players face each others during a Champions League round of 16 second-leg football match between Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Dzeko was given a standing ovation when he was substituted in the final minute.

"The standing ovation has to be for the whole team, not just for me. Everyone gave their all and we are deservedly in the quarterfinals," Dzeko said. "I didn't want to leave (in January) precisely because of matches like these, you play all season for matches like these."

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