On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s elite club football showpiece was concluded and the semifinals were set. And today, the quarterfinals of the UEFA Europa League, Europe’s second tier continental club football showpiece, concluded it’s quarter final stage.
The Red Devils held a two goal advantage over Granada from the first leg and they put the tie to bed in the 6th minute, with Edison Cavani’s fantastic volley and a late own goal sealing a spot in the last four for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who won 4-0 on aggregate. It is the second consecutive season in which United have reached the semifinal stage of Europe’s second tier club football competition – albeit they suffered heartbreak in last year’s edition after they were knocked out by eventual champions Sevilla.
For Arsenal, the Gunners came into the second leg needing to score at least once, having conceded a late goal at home in the reverse fixture. But there was to be no problem on the night as three goals in 24minutes from Nicholas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka sealed a spot in the last four for Mikel Arteta’s side, who also got a late second from Lacazette and ran out 5-1 aggregate winners. They will be hoping to reach their second final in three years, after losing in the 2019 finale to Chelsea.
In other games played, Spanish side Villarreal qualified for the semifinal by beating Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate. Meanwhile, AS Roma held Ajax Amsterdam to a 1-1 draw, sealing a 3-2 aggregate win and a spot in the semis.
This means that Man United, Arsenal, Villarreal and Roma have now qualified for the UEFA Europa League Semifinals.
2020/21 UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE SEMIFINALISTS
• Manchester United
• AS Roma
DATE & FIXTURES
The semifinal fixtures will be played between the end of April and the beginning of May, at about the same time as the Champions League semis.
Villarreal will play host to Arsenal in the first leg at the El Madrigal, before the second leg rakes place at the Emirates Stadium a week later. In the other fixture, Manchester United welcomes AS Roma to Old Trafford for the first leg, while the second leg will be at the Stadio Olimpico.
The first leg of both ties will be played on April 29, while the second legs will take place on May 6. The final of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League will take place on the 26th of May as the Stadion Energa Gdañsk in Gdañsk, Poland, three days before the Champions League final.
So, the stage is set for the Semifinals of the UEFA Europa League this season. What are your predictions? Who are you tipping to go through, and who are you tipping to win the cup?
Manchester United🇬🇧? AS Roma🇮🇹? Villarreal🇪🇸? Arsenal🇬🇧?
Have your say!