Manchester United are through to the semifinals of the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE after an absolutely EPIC match in which Anderlecht stood toe-to-toe, punch-for-punch and played with all the heart and verve befitting of European continental quarterfinalists.
Jose Mourinho acknowledges this by first applauding the amazing away support before going on to shake the hand of every Anderlecht player.
Congratulations to United, commiserations to a magnificent Anderlecht.
'twas a pleasure bringing you this match - and thank you for your company
117' Anderlecht are laying siege to United's box - the ball is pinballing around, United players are flinging themselves at shots... until finally Thelin hammers into Romero in challenge of a high ball and gives United a breather
116' Anderlecht almost make United pay for their cowardice... Acheampong gets onto a Mbodji header into the box - but Romero is right there and it bounes off his right leg. Close again! And Anderlecht are by no means done with this tie... Bruno swings int superbly, but Romero punches out...
114' Mkhitaryan tries to punt one forward to Rashford, but Ruben is always getting there first. The Spaniard's clearance, though, is straight at Mkhitaryan and he pings it wide to Martial.. who (presumably under strict, and loud, instructions from Mourinho) passes it all the way back to the halfway line.
109' OOOH! SAVE RUBEN! Martial powers through the middle of the field before playing it out to Mkhitaryan.. the armenian passes it onto Pogba - but the engmatic Frenchman's shot is well saved by Ruben... and hacked away by Spajic
WHAT A FINISH THAT WAS. After an exhibition of horror shooting over 105 minutes, Rashford takes a Fellaini knock down, sends Dendoncker to the wrong fire with a lovely shuffle of his feet before HAMMERING it low into the goal. WOOF!
104' The Reds look way more dangerous in this first half of extra time and have absolutely battered the Belgians, but they have nothing to show for it thanks to some splendid rearguard action from Mbodji and Spajic in particular
102' Pogba almooost nicks the ball off Stanciu's toes, but the Romanian does well to wriggle his way out of trouble. Finally, Anderlecht pass the ball around a bit - before Thelin gives it away to Blind.