Manchester United and Inter Milan cement spots in Europa League semifinals after beating FC Copenhagen 1-0 & Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, respectively, on Monday
Manchester United beat FC Copenhagen with extra-time penalty to enter Europa League semis while Barella, Lukaku pushe Inter Milan to the Europa League semis with a win over Bayer Leverkusen on Monday.
Manchester United had a frustrating night, as they were forced to fight hard on Monday against the stubborn FC Copenhagen, before their Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes made no mistake in converting a 95th minute penalty to take a 1-0 lead, at Cologne.
The opportunity for the Portuguese playmaker to break the deadlock came after Anthony Martial was fouled inside the box in the extra time.
The 1-0 lead by United turned out to be an unassailable one as Copenhagen were unable to score any goal, eventually cementing United’s spot in the Europa League semi final.
"It's the third time this season we have been to a semifinal so we are delighted to get through," United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the match.
"We deserved it, their keeper was unbelievable and we hit the post a few times,” the happy United manager added further.
Meanwhile, in Dusseldorf , Inter Milan are through to the Europa League semifinals after a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Despite lacking majority of possession, the Inter Milan won the match riding on goals from Nicolo Barella and Romelu Lukaku, rendering Kai Havertz’s goal to a mere consolation.
The Italian side seemed to have carried the momentum from their previous match against Getafe, as their aggressive offensive attack did not slow down during the quarter final on Monday.