(ANSA) – ROME AND LONDON, 06 MAG – Manchester United lost 3-2 in Italy against Rome but advanced to the final of the Europa League, whose title will define with Villarreal, who qualified for their first match for a European title at draw 0-0 away from Arsenal, whom they had beaten 2-1 in the first leg
Uruguayan Edinson Cavani scored the goals for Manchester United in a 3-2 defeat at the Olympic Stadium against Rome, who had lost 6-2 in the first leg at Old Trafford
Cavani opened the scoring at 39 ‘and scored the temporary draw at 68’ to reach four victories in his three games as a starter with Manchester United in the Europa League, which the English team won for the only time in the 2016-17 season.
Manchester United was crowned in that edition of the tournament under the command of Portuguese DT José Mourinho, who coincidentally will assume next season in Rome as a replacement for his compatriot Paulo Fonseca
The Bosnian Edin Dzeko (57 ‘), Bryan Cristante (60’) and the Polish youth Nicola Zalewski (84 ‘) scored the goals of the insufficient victory of the “giallorosso” team, which also made the Spanish goalkeeper of Manchester a figure of the match United, David De Gea
Roma, who lined up Brazilians Roger Ibañez and Bruno Peres (replaced at 69 ‘), showed their best version in the complement, when they resembled the team that achieved a feat in the quarterfinals of the 2017-18 “Champions League”
On that occasion, Roma qualified by beating Barcelona 3-0 at home in the rematch after losing 4-1 in the first leg in Spain.
But the saves by De Gea and the goals by Cavani (cautioned and replaced at 73 ‘), a starter with Brazilian Fred (cautioned), frustrated Roma, which will now have to settle for qualifying for the next edition of the Europa League from Series A
A right hand from Cavani rebounded at 20 ‘against the top of the crossbar before the departure of Antonio Mirante, who six minutes later responded to a furious shot from the Uruguayan
But the “Matador” had his revenge by opening the scoring at 39 ‘when he was once again alone against Mirante against an exposed Rome in his search to discount the difference of the defeat of the first leg
De Gea had already prevented the opening of the scoreboard at 33 ‘before a left-footed shot from Lorenzo Pellegrini and returned eight minutes later after a shot from Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Mirante could barely look at a barely wide right hand from Portuguese Bruno Fernandes
De Gea responded again to a right hand from Cristante as soon as the complement began and he again showed off with a double covered at 61 ‘after shots by Dzeko and Pedro and a minute later before an attempt by Mkhitaryan
Roma had already managed to reverse the score at that time, when De Gea prevented the Italian team from scoring at least one of the three goals they needed to qualify.
Then came Cavani’s second goal, a minute after Mason Greeenwood’s slightly deflected shot, while an attempt by Mkhitaryan slammed into a post in the 74th minute, two minutes before Dzeko’s high header.
De Gea responded again to a shot from Cristante, who had scored the temporary 2-1 with a right hand after a bad start by Fred, whose compatriot Alex Telles entered for the second half
The 19-year-old Zalewski’s goal, six minutes after the regulation time, allowed Roma to say goodbye with at least one victory of the tournament whose final only came in the 1990-91 edition, in which they lost to Inter and while still it was called the UEFA Cup
Manchester United, escort in the Premier League of Manchester City, which will also define the “Champions League” with Chelsea, will face Villarreal in the final on May 26 at the Arena Gdansk in Poland, which eliminated Arsenal
DT Unai Emery’s “Yellow Submarine”, who won 3 of the 4 finals he played in the Europa League, qualified for his first final of an important tournament on the “Old Continent” by equalizing 0-0 in his visit to Arsenal, the one who had beaten 2-1 in the first leg
Emery was successively crowned in command of Sevilla in the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 editions, but lost as Arsenal manager in the final against Chelsea in the 2018-19 season.
Villarreal, who lined up Argentine goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli and included Colombian striker Carlos Bacca at 72 ‘, only won the Intertoto Cup in 2003 and 2004.
Arsenal lived a new frustration, who only won the Recopa de Europa (1993-94) and the Fairs Cup (1969-70) and lost both times they reached the final of the UEFA Cup and the Europa League in their respective editions. from 1999-00 and 2018-19
The problem for Arsenal, also Spanish DT Mikel Arteta, who fell in the final of the 2005-06 “Champions” and the 1994 European Super Cup, is that he is ninth in the Premier League with 49 points, far behind Tottenham ( 56) and West Ham (58), the two English teams qualified today for the next Europa League