Europa: Rashford’s Extra-Time Strike Fires United Into Semi-Finals As Ajax Edge Out Schalke
Marcus Rashford’s extra-time winner gave Manchester United a nervy 2-1 victory over Anderlecht to reach the Europa League semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave United the lead on 10 minutes with a low effort from 12 yards, before Anderlecht levelled from Sofiane Hanni’s close-range rebounded effort on 32 minutes.
United, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in particular, missed a host of chances in the second half and extra-time, but Rashford got the winner in the 107th minute with a left-footed effort following a superb turn inside the box.
In the other game, Ajax booked their place in the semi-finals after a dramatic night in Germany. They have knocked out Schalke 4-3 on aggregate. Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Peter Bosz decided to stick with the same attack that ripped the Germans defence apart in Amsterdam.
However, it was clear from the start that the game in Gelsenkirchen was going to be much different. Max Meyer struck the post early on as Schalke poured forward, while Leon Goretzka volleyed just wide.
Ajax survived the early onslaught and they created some chances of their own before the break but Nick Viergever was denied by Ralf Fährmann before Bertrand Traore saw a goal chalked off by the linesman. Schalke were the dominant side, though, and it was a relief for Ajax that they went into the break goalless.