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It’s Madrid Derby In Champions League As Man Utd Take On Celta Vigo In Europa

In the Champions League draw done earlier today, holders Real Madrid play city rivals Atletico Madrid while French side Monaco take on Italian club Juventus.

Frenchman Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid is bidding to make history by becoming the first side to retain the champions league trophy if they emerge triumphant on 3rd June in Cardiff.

The first legs of those ties will be played on 2 and 3 May, with the return legs taking place the following week.

EUROPA LEAGUE

Meanwhile Manchester United will face Spanish La Liga club side Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League after beating Anderlecht at Old Trafford last night to storm the semi-finals courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s extra-time.

United are pursuing this cause seriously as it could offer a route back to champions league next season if they win it. The Premier League side have already  won the European Cup three times but have never triumphed in the continent’s secondary club competition the Europa league.

In the other tie, Dutch side Ajax, winners in 1992, come up against French club Lyon  with the first legs to be played on 4 May and the second leg on 11 May. The final will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 24 May.

 

Ajax, who beat Schalke 4-3 on aggregate to reach the last four, are also experienced European campaigners. They have won the Champions League/European Cup four times previously and the Europa League/Uefa Cup once, beating Torino in the 1992 final.

UNITED SCRAP THROUGH

A wasteful United took the lead on the night and in the tie through Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s drilled low shot in the 10th minute but Anderlecht restored parity when Sofiane Hanni scrambled home an equaliser after 32 minutes.

Mourinho’s side then went into a prolonged session of wasting chance after chance forcing Anderlecht back into the game that stretched into extra time with injuries to defender Marcos Rojo that seems to unsettle their rhythm as well. A serious-looking knee injury at the end of normal time to top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the end of normal time, is now a big cause of alarm as well.

Rasford(R) scored the vital goal for Manchester United

However Teenage striker Rashford who also scored against Chelsea over the weekend, had other ideas as he turned and shot into the bottom corner of the net in the 107th minute from Marouane Fellaini’s knockdown to avoid a penalty shootout to the relief of the Old Trafford faithful

 

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