Painful exit Ten Hag with United, Bakker and Frimpong treble on behalf of Leverkusen
Erik ten Hag can turn his full attention to the Premier League and the FA Cup with Manchester United. In and against Sevilla, the quarter-finals of the Europa League proved to be the end game: 3-0.
The Andalusians, currently only 13th in the Spanish league, took an early lead in an atmospheric Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, courtesy of David de Gea and Harry Maguire.
Fumbling De Gea and Maguire
The goalkeeper played the central defender while three Sevilla players were in close proximity to him. Maguire then fouled by forfeiting the ball, after which Youssef En-Nesyri was able to take advantage.
Ten Hag, who was unable to call on Lisandro Martínez, Raphaël Varane (injuries) and Bruno Fernandes (suspension), among others, saw his formation struggle. To his relief, the 2-0 goal by ex-Ajacied Lucas Ocampos was cancelled out due to offside by Marcos Acuña.
Shortly after the break it was a goal, when the ball ended up in the English goal via the shoulder of defender Loïc Badé. After a blunder by De Gea, who could not control a high ball, En-Nesyri made it 3-0.
On Sunday, Manchester United can polish its record a bit by dealing with Brighton in the FA Cup semifinals. However, the hopeless loss in Sevilla will still have some resonance.
Bakker and Frimpong stand out
In addition to Sevilla, six-time UEFA Cup/Europa League winners, Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus also qualified for the semifinals.
At Leverkusen, which played Union Sint-Gillis in Brussels, Dutchmen Mitchel Bakker and Jeremie Frimpong stood out. Bakker made it 0-2 before halftime after Moussa Diaby’s rapacious opening goal. Frimpong provided the third German goal after an hour.
After Casper Terho’s 1-3, Adam Hlozek determined the final score: 1-4. More than enough after the 1-1 in Leverkusen.
Juventus held home side Sporting CP to a draw in Lisbon: 1-1. After the 1-0 win a week earlier in Turin, that was enough to join the last four.
In it, Juventus and Sevilla meet. Leverkusen takes on AS Roma, which eliminated Feyenoord.