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Manchester United vs Anderlecht Live Score and Commentary, UEFA Europa League, UNITED LEAD
Manchester United 2 - 1 Anderlecht (Agg. 3 - 2) Mkhitaryan 9', Hanni 32', Rashford 106'
21 April 2017 03:05 IST
21 April 2017 00:53 IST
PEEP! PEEP! PEEEEEP!
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
Anirudh Menon signing out....
120' OH MBODJIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!! THE SENEGALESE CENTRE BACK WHO'S BEEN AWESOME ALL NIGHT SMASHES A HEADER INCHES,
ABOVE THE CROSSBAR.
119' UNITED GO ON THE ATTACK AND MARTIAL ROLLS THE BALL INTO THE NET after running onto a cute through ball by Mkhitaryan but he's a mile offside
118' Mbodji is playing emergency centre-forward now and he almooost flicks it onto Acheampong.
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.
113'... But Carrick is in Stanciu's way, and the Romanian is forced back. In the face of increasing pressure, Martial does well to win a freekick off Dendoncker
112' Fellaini makes a nuisance of himself, and wins united a corner. Mkhitaryan's delivery is too close to Ruben and Anderlecht can counter...
111' Carrick does supremely well to win a foul of Tielemans and take the sting off the game. He will look to slow it down to walking pace now.
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
108' Anderlecht need to go for it now, and Tielemans sends a set-piece deep into the box in the hope of finding an answer... Fellaini's mammoth noggin' ensures that doesn't happen.
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!
107' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!! RASHFORD!
PEEP! We're off again FOR THE FOURTH TIME TODAY!
HALF-TIME IN EXTRA TIME
This is becoming quite the marathon session isn't it?
105' OOOOOO! TIELEMANS SMASHES IT AT ROMERO WHO CAN'T REALLY GATHER IT.. somehow the Argentine scrambles onto this feet and recovers before Thelin can steal in and win the ball
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
103' United countered with Martial pinging a ball to Fellaini who laid it off to Rashfoooord... who sidefooted it into Obradovic.
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.
101' POGBA HAS THE BALL IN THE NET.... but NO! Fellaini had been penalised for a push on Spajic as he rose above the defender to lay it onto the path of Pogba.
99' Shaw pumps it in, Spajic smashes it out... Pogba tries to folllow it up with a delivery of his own but Obradovic is in the way and it's yet another United corner.
98' OH WOW! Superb delivery in from Rashford but Fellaini can't get his hair to direct the ball goal ward! Spajic as ever got his head to it simultaneously and headed it away.
97' Nothing comes off the initial delivery from the corner but Rashford skins Appiah down the line with a burst of searing pace - and the Frenchman enters the ref's book.
96' Mkhitaryan swerves in and out of a forest of bodies - magic from the Armenian - before playing it into Rashford... but guess who's there? Kara Mbodji has been IMMENSE TONIGHT.
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