Man United stumble into Europa League final

May 12, 2017
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard (centre) is fouled by Celta's Pablo Hernandez (left), during the Europa League semifinal second leg football match between Manchester United and Celta Vigo at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, yesterday. (AP Photo)


Manchester United stumbled into the Europa League final after conceding a late goal in a tension-filled 1-1 draw against Celta Vigo that ended with both teams having a man sent off yesterday.

United advanced 2-1 on aggregate, with Marcus Rashford's winner in the first leg last week ultimately proving the difference.

Marouane Fellaini headed home Rashford's cross to hand United a 17th-minute lead at Old Trafford, giving the English team a two-goal cushion.

Celta dominated the second half as United dropped deep, and Facundo Roncaglia headed home in the 85th minute to set up a nervy finish.

Roncaglia and United defender Eric Bailly were both red-carded in the 87th for separate incidents in a mass melee and Celta, needing just one goal to advance on away goals, missed late chances to cause a huge upset.

The biggest opportunity fell to John Guidetti with seconds left, but the former Manchester City striker couldn't wrap his foot around the ball with a goal at his mercy.

United will play Ajax in the final in Stockholm on May 24.

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