Thursday, April 20, 2017

Europa League: Red Devils, Celta, Ajax, Lyon Advance To Semifinals

The Europa League's quarterfinal round closed on Thursday with four games.

At Manchester, England:

After a 1-1 draw in regulation of game two that squared the series at 2-2 on aggregate, Marcus Rashford scored the winning overtime goal in the 107th minute as Manchester United took out visiting RSC Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate.

At Genk, Belgium:

Pione Sisto scored the series-winning goal in the 63rd minute as Celta Vigo gained a 1-1 game-two road draw with KRC, enabling the Spanish club to win their series 4-3 on aggregate.

At Gelsenkirchen, Germany:

After Schalke 04 blanked Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 in regulation of the second game to square the series at 2-2 on aggregate, Nick Viergever (111') and Amin Younes (120') each scored an overtime goal to enable the visiting Dutch club to win the series 4-3 on aggregate and advance to the semifinal round.

At Istanbul, Turkey:

After Besiktas gained a 2-1 game-two home decision  in regulation to level their series with Lyon at 3-3 on aggregate, and after 30 scoreless overtime minutes, Nebil Fekir, Corentin Tolisso, Rachid Ghezzal, Maciej Rybus, Mathieu Valbuena, Mouctar Diakhaby, and Maxime Gonalons all converted their spot kicks as the visiting French club outlasted the Black Eagles 7-6 in the penalty-kick shootout.

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