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Champions league: Sevilla beat ManU to enter QF

IANS  |  Manchester 

prevailed 2-1 against highly favoured Manchester United to win their knockout stage tie and advance to the quarterfinals.

The two sides battled to a scoreless draw two weeks ago in the first leg in and it was clear from the start of Tuesday's contest that United would stick with the same approach: Concede possession and wait for chances on the counter, news reported.

But the visitors went for broke, determined to get into the next phase after going out of the tournament in the round of 16 on their last three occasions.

Mourinho's tactics looked like paying off in the first minute in front of a 74,000 crowd at Old Trafford, as Romelu Lukaku powered past defender Kjaer and menaced the opposing goal.

had the best chance for in the first half, redirecting Ever Banega's corner, but the ball went just over the cross-bar.

Sevilla keeper had to make a save after Marcus Rashford's free kick took a threatening turn after deflecting off the defensive wall.

Rico had to be sharp again at the start of the second half to bat away a shot from as United began showing more ambition.

As the match entered the final 20 minutes of regulation, Sevilla made what turned out to be the decisive move of the match when he sent in Wissam for Muriel.

etched his name in the history of "the theatre of dreams" the first time he touched the ball, taking a pass from Sarabia and eluding Bailly to put the ball just inside David De Gea's post to make it 1-0 for Sevilla.

Now in need of at least two goals to outweigh Sevilla's away tally, Mourinho replaced Lingard and with and Juan Mata, respectively, and shifted to three at the back.

But before the changes could make a difference, struck again in the 78th minute to make United's task even harder.

Though De Gea quickly swept the ball out of the net, cofirmed Ben Yedder's 10th goal in play and left the hosts looking at a 2-0 deficit.

Lukaku clawed one back for United with six minutes left to avoid the home shutout.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 10:16 IST