Europa League: Ajax, Arsenal Suffer Late Shocks, Manchester United Routine

Europa League: Ajax, Arsenal Suffer Late Shocks, Manchester United Routine

The Europa League quarterfinals kicked off tonight, with Ajax and Arsenal delivering heavy frustration to their fans.

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Ajax lost at home to Roma, 1-2, even though they had a 1-0 lead at halftime. To make it even worse, hosts had a penalty in the 53rd minute, and a chance to double the lead, but Dusan Tadic missed the same, allowing the Italians to get a swing and deliver a massive comeback.

Pellegrini leveled the score four minutes after that, after a solid free-kick. It was the 87th minute when Ibanez reacted well following a corner-kick, setting the final result and bringing despair among the hosts.

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The first goal of the game was delivered by Davy Klaassen, who hit the net with Tadic setting up the situation.

Across La Manche, Arsenal met Slavia Prague at Emirates and played just 1-1. It was obvious right from the start that the Gunners aren’t playing well, looking pale and disorganized on the field. Both goals came in the last 8 minutes, with the one Slavia scored taking place a few moments before the final whistle.

Nicolas Pepe broke the guests’ lock in the 86th minute, and everyone believed that the game was solved with the French’s hit. Tomas Holes didn’t agree with that, as he hit the back of the host’s net in the third minute of the injury time.

This was yet another disappointing performance for Mikel Arteta and his crew, who was smashed this weekend at Emirates in the derby against Liverpool, 0-3.

The other English representative, Manchester United, didn’t have such trouble in Granada winning 0-2. The scorers for the Red Devils were Marcus Rashford in the 31st and Bruno Fernandes in the 89th minute. The Portuguese forward netted from the penalty.

As expected, this was not an attractive match for watching, with just a few chances on both ends. Eventually, the guests prevailed, and it needs to be said, that they were better throughout most of the clash.

Gerard Moreno’s goal from the penalty was the difference-maker in Zagreb, where Villarreal defeated Dinamo, 0-1. Even though Yellow Submarine had to defend in the opening stage of the event, with the Croatians pressuring from all sides, the guests posted a colossal victory.

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Moreno’s score provided them with a nice lead before the rematch, which takes place in seven days.