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Manchester United scaled through a tight corner at Old Trafford in the return leg of their Europa league clash with Celta Vigo.

Marouane Fellaini put the home side ahead to peg the aggregate score at 2-0 but then a resurgence by the Spanish side saw Facundo Roncaglia equalize the score at 1-1 to put the aggregate score at 2-1.

However, Celta’s attacking pressure could not yield any result as the Red Devils held on to the last minute to go through to the final.

Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Europa League semi-final, second-leg football match between Manchester United and Celta Vigo at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel RIOPA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Things got heated up later in the second half as a brawl ensued between Manchester United’s Eric Bailly and Celta’s goal scorer Roncaglia leading to the both being sent off.


At Lyon, it was a different tale, as a Lacazette moment looked like Lyon were going to make it to Stockholm.

Olympic Lyon went into the game on a 4-1 aggregate deficit and needed to score 5 goals to progress.

Kasper Dolberg scored a wonderful goal putting the aggregate score at 5-1 and giving the French side a tall order to score 6 goals. Alexandre Lacazette then produced a less than a minute magic for Lyon as he scored from the penalty spot after he was fouled by De Ligt and scored his second 76 minutes later to put score at 5-3 on aggregate.

Ajax’s Viergever was given his marching orders after Ghezzal had given Lyon a 3-1 lead.

This gave Lyon the upper hand but Ajax held on to qualify for a place in a European cup final since 1996.

Ajax will therefore meet Manchester United in Stockholm, the venue of the final, on 24th May.

Written by Chineze Ogugua

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