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Sevilla 2-1 Man United: Magpies flop Luuk de Jong fires Sevilla into Europa League final

Manchester United had so many chances to retake the lead in that second half, but they just did not take their opportunites, partly through weak finishing but Bono in the Sevilla goal also deserves credit for his performance this evening.

In the end though, sloppy defensive play allows a Newcastle flop on an 11-match goalless streak to steer Sevilla into the familar place of a Europa League final.

Defeat will pain United, as will losing their third semi-final of the season. They will now go three years without a trophy for the first time since 1990.

It was harsh on United who had taken an early lead from Bruno Fernandes’s penalty only to concede an equaliser midway through the first half to Suso.

But feelings continued to run high and boiled over again when Sevilla claimed that Jordan’s free kick hit Fernandes on the arm.

Once again there were fierce protestations from the Sevilla bench and a surprisingly large contingent of officials in the stands who were told to sit down in no uncertain terms by the United substitutes as they screamed for VAR to check the incident.

It was the Spaniards who had the final say, much to United’s irritation, as De Jong made the breakthrough.

The Dutchman couldn’t score in 12 appearances on loan at Newcastle in 2014 but his solitary effort was enough to put United out.


Sevilla: Bounou; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Reguilon; Jordan (Gudelj 88), Fernando, Banega; Suso (Vasquez 75), En-Nesyri (de Jong 56), Ocampos (Munir 56)

Subs not used: Vaclik, Gomez, Escudero, Oliver, Lara, Diaz, Rodriguez, Perez

Goals: Suso 26, de Jong 78

Booked: Carlos, Munir

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (Mata 88), Maguire, Lindelof, Williams (Fosu-Mensah 87); Pogba, Fred; Greenwood (Ighalo 90+3), Fernandes, Rashford (James 87); Martial

Subs not used: Bailly, Mata, Grant, Lingard, Pereira, Romero, Matic, McTominay, Mengi

Goals: Fernandes 9

Booked: Williams, Rashford, Maguire.

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