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LIVE: Manchester United 2-2 Sevilla



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Sevilla are level! 



84′ Sevilla have cut the deficit!

82′ Malacia (Man United) has a shot blocked.

61′ Antony (Man United) hits the woodwork.


What a goal that would have been!

Antony (Man United) misses the target.

47′ Casemiro dispossesses Gudelj just inside the Sevilla half and picks out Antony to the right of the box. The Brazilian cuts inside, firing a curling, left-footed effort that flashes just wide of goal.

Second half resumes. Substitution for Manchester United. Maguire in for Varane.

Its half time. Man United lead 2-0.


2 minutes of added time in the first half.

Sabitzer (Man United) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Ocampos (Sevilla).

42′ Rakitić (Sevilla) misses the target. From the resultant free-kick, the visiting skipper curls a right-footed effort over the United wall but whips it with too much height and it curls over the crossbar.

41′ Bruno Fernandes (Man United) commits a foul. He gets a yellow card and will miss the return leg.

Sabitzer has struck twice in a UEFA competition match for only the second time in his career – after hitting two in Leipzig’s 3-0 Champions League victory against Tottenham in March 2020.


26′ Bruno Fernandes (Man United) misses the target.

25’ Yellow card Rakitić (Sevilla) is cautioned by the referee.

21st minute: Sabitzer again! Manchester United are two goals up!

15th minute: GOAAL! The home side have the breakthrough! Manchester United are a goal up!  Sabitzer scores! Assist by Bruno Fernandes (Man United)


The home side have the breakthrough! Man United opened with a blistering attack. Almost the dream start! Antony feeds the ball through to Jason Sancho, who finishes superbly. The flag is up, though. It won’t count.

Stage is  set for the first leg quarter-finals match of Manchester United  hosting Sevilla. It is the third time this season that Manchester United have to face a Spanish side. The Premiership side had earlier eliminated Barcelona and Real Betis.

Sevilla have a much-changed line-up, meaning that fresh legs will feature against a United side.

Man Utd:  1. de Gea – 29 Wan-Bissaka, 19 Varane, 6 Li Martínez, 12 Malacia, 18 Casemiro, 15 Sabitzer, 21 Antony, 8 Bruno Fernandes, 25 Sancho, 9 Martia.

SUBS: Substitutes 2. Lindelöf, 5 Maguire, 14 Eriksen, 17. Fred, 20 Dalot, 27. Weghorst, 28 Pellistri, 31Butland, 36 Elanga, 50 Vítek, 55 Iqbal

Sevilla: 13 Bono – 2 Montiel, 14 Nianzou, 23 do Nascimento Teixeira, 19 Acuña, 20 Reges, 6 Gudelj, 55 Ocampos, 10 Rakitic, 21 Torres, 17 Lamela


Substitutes: 1 Dmitrovic – 3 Alex Telles, 4 Rekik, 7 Fernández Sáenz de la Torre, 12 Mir, 15 En-Nesyri, 16 Navas, 24 Gómez, 25 Gil, 31 Flores, 44 Badé

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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