Manchester United, England, and Juventus, Italy, continued their career in the European League football competition, “Europa League”, by qualifying for the quarter-finals, after beating their hosts, Real Betis, Spain, and Freiburg, Germany, 1-0 and 2-0, respectively, on Thursday, in the second leg of the final price.
And after the first leg was decided at home, “Old Trafford” 4-1, United was facing a task within its reach completely, and he knew how to deal with Betis’s enthusiasm in order to return from Andalusia with his card to the quarter-finals, whose draw will be drawn on Friday at the “UEFA” headquarters in Nyon.
And after a start in favor of Betis, who threatened the goal of his compatriot, goalkeeper David de Gea, on more than one occasion, whether it was through Ayoze Perez or Juanmi and Joaquín, who hit the post, United almost finished the first half ahead had Uruguayan luck not resisted Facundo Pellestri after his attempt bounced off the post after a free kick. It was taken by Casemiro (2+45).
At the beginning of the second half, after he missed an easy opportunity by knocking the ball over the crossbar after a pass from Bruno Fernandez, he replaced Marcus Rashford and put United in front with a beautiful shot from outside the area (55), scoring his twenty-seventh goal this season in all competitions.
Despite the many chances through captain Harry Maguire, Austrian Marcel Sabitzer and Dutchman Foote Fichhorst, United were unable to consolidate the result, which remained the same until the end.
In Germany, with the only Argentine first-leg goal holder, Angel Di Maria, on the bench next to Federico Chiesa, Juventus renewed their victory over Freiburg, which was affected by a numerical shortage in its ranks since the end of the first half.
The “Europa League” competition is of doubly importance to Juventus this season, because winning it will give him a ticket to participate in the Champions League competition, regardless of his status in the local league, in which he was punished by deducting 15 points from his balance due to financial manipulation.
And after his goal was canceled for offside in the 27th minute, the Serbian Dusan Vlahovic succeeded in giving Juventus the lead at the end of the first half from a penalty kick caused by Manuel Golde after he touched the ball with his hand in the forbidden area, which led to his expulsion with a second warning after the referee confirmed the violation via “VA”. R” (45).
The Serbian goal was the separator between the two teams until the last seconds, when substitute Keiza succeeded, and seconds after his shot rebounded from the goalkeeper and the crossbar, he added the second goal after a pass from Frenchman Adrien Rabiot, following a fatal defensive error (5 + 90).
Thus, Juventus prepared in the best way for his Sunday visit to Milan in order to face rivals Inter in the domestic league.
Despite losing at Turkish Fenerbahçe with a goal scored by Ecuadorian Enner Valencia (41 from a penalty kick), Seville, Spain, who won the title a record six times, reached the quarter-finals, winning the first leg at home 2-0.
In the Netherlands, Feyenoord Rotterdam reached the quarter-finals by defeating its guest, Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine, with seven goals, by Mexican Santiago Jimenez (9), Turkish Orkon Kokcho (24 and 38 from a penalty kick), Moroccan Osama Idrissi (49 and 60), Iranian Ali Reza Jahanbakhsh (64), and Brazilian Danilo Pereira. (67), against a goal for Venezuelan Kevin Kelsey (87).
The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw in Warsaw, where Shakhtar is playing its home matches due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This victory is not the biggest for the Dutch team on the continental scene, which previously won 9-0 and 12-0 in the European Union Cup in the 1972-1973 season at the expense of Luxembourg’s Rumilangi back and forth, and 12-2 in the European Clubs Cup in the 1969-1970 season at the expense of Icelandic Reykjavik. .