All eyes were on Old Trafford (sorry Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk) on Tuesday night, as Manchester United sought passage to the last eight of the Champions League for the first time in four years at home to Sevilla, who were looking for their first ever quarter final appearance in this competition.
The first leg had ended goalless, a game which gave Sevilla much confidence in terms of how much they dominated, but the worry was the fact that they couldn’t make the most of their dominance. United, meanwhile, put in a typical managed-by-Jose-Mourinho performance in Seville, and were favourites here. They started on the front foot, but that barely lasted the opening quarter of an hour, then the game took semblance of the one three weeks ago, Sevilla dominating, but not quite getting it right in the final third, the closest they came to scoring was a Joaquin Correa header hitting the top of David de Gea’s net.
United’s headline news in their lineup was a start for Marouane Fellaini, and it was the Belgian who came closest in the first half for the hosts, his shot between away by Sergio Rico. Rico would be called upon again not long after the second half began, this time Jesse Lingard was the man denied. But like most of the tie, Sevilla were on top, but couldn’t quite find the net, some dilly-dallying from Correa allowed Eric Bailly a chance to clear after he was seemingly through on goal.
With just over 15 minutes left, and the score still goalless, Los Rojilblancos manager Vincenzo Montella threw on Wissam Ben Yedder, scorer of eight goals in this season’s competition (including the play-offs), and shortly after his arrival, he added his ninth, his control and finish from Pablo Sarabia’s too much for De Gea. Now United needed to score twice to go through, but they’d concede again, Ben Yedder heading home, despite De Gea’s best efforts, after Correa flicked on a corner.
Romelu Lukaku did pull it back to 2-1 on the night, but it wasn’t to be for United. As Mourinho trudged down the Old Trafford tunnel, Sevilla’s players and fans celebrated long into the night on the pitch. At the fourth time of asking, they’re Champions League quarter finalists. United were out.
Another English side that are out are Chelsea, who travelled to the Nou Camp to take on Barcelona after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. That first leg result at the Bridge meant the Blues had to score to stand a chance of progressing, but only three minutes had gone when they fell behind, Lionel Messi’s shot finding its way past the legs of Thibaut Courtois to give Barcelona the advantage. One became two midway through the half, as Messi turned, snatching the ball from Cesc Fabregas before playing in Ousmane Dembele, whose shot belted into the top corner.
Chelsea did keep pushing at the Barca backline, but had little to show for it, and with 20 minutes left, the tie was over, Messi finding the net once again, through the legs of Courtois once more, his 100th goal in the competition, as Antonio Conte and his side waved goodbye to the continent.
Elsewhere, Bayern Munich recorded a 3-1 at Besiktas, to end up 8-1 aggregate winners over the Turks, while Edin Dzeko was the hero for Roma, whose 1-0 win over Shakhtar at the Stadio Olimpico was enough to take the Giallorossi to the last eight on away goals, the first time they’ve gotten that far in a decade.
Manchester United 1(1)-(2)2 Sevilla
Barcelona 3(4)-(1)0 Chelsea
Besiktas 1(1)-(8)3 Bayern Munich
Roma 1(2)-(2) Shakhtar Donetsk