Sevilla FC has dashed the hope of Manchester United in the Europa League Semi Final match in Cologne on Sunday by 2-1 to qualify for the final.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost their third semi-final this season despite taking the lead when Bruno Fernandes scored their 22nd penalty of the season after Marcus Rashford was fouled by Diego Carlos.
Sevilla, Europa League specialists, equalised before the interval when former Liverpool forward Suso swept a finish past David de Gea at the far post.
United’s fate was sealed when they missed a succession of chances early in the second half as Sevilla keeper Yassine Bounou emerged as the hero, denying Anthony Martial several times.
And Sevilla, who saw off Wolves in the quarter-final, secured their place in the final when Luuk de Jong swept home a cross from Jesus Navas with 12 minutes left, United punished for poor defending which led to recriminations as Fernandes confronted Victor Lindelof in the aftermath.
The best team lost’ – Maguire
Man Utd 1-2 Sevilla
United defender Harry Maguire speaking to BT Sport:
“It’s difficult. The boys are devastated. We created numerous chances. The best team lost. They punished us for missing chances. They didn’t make many chances to be honest.
“We conceded from two crosses which is not good enough.We worked our socks off and deserved to win and get through. We fell short in a semi-final for the third time this year.
“We have a good group of lads. Losing is not acceptable. Getting to semi-finals isn’t acceptable. Improvement made this year is massive. We played a good Sevilla team – another day we win it. Losing is not acceptable for this club.
On silverware: “It’ll happen soon. We want to win it as soon as possible. If we take another giant step next season we’ll improve again. Tonight we turned up and the best team lost. Perhaps that bit of inexperience cost us – we shouldn’t have conceded that second goal
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