Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

18 Mar

Philippe Coutinho was on target as Liverpool drew 1-1 at Old Trafford to knock Manchester United out of the Europa League.

Match Reports: Manchester United 1-1 LiverpoolMatch Reports: Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

The Red Devils, who trailed 2-0 from the first-leg of the last-16 tie, started the match brightly and Jesse Lingard saw his header from six-yards out brilliantly saved by Simon Mignolet.

Juan Mata then miss-cued a volley from close-range as the hosts started to ramp up the pressure and their good play was rewarded when Anthony Martial was brought down in the box by Nathaniel Clyne.

Martial stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick with authority to take a 1-0 lead on the night and trail 2-1 on aggregate.

However, the Reds never lost faith and Daniel Sturridge crashed a free-kick against the bar almost immediately after going behind.

The decisive goal came right on the stroke of half-time when Coutinho raced into the box to flick a close-range finish past David de Gea, who had left a big gap at his near post.

That strike put Liverpool 3-1 ahead on aggregate and it meant United needed to score three without reply in order to advance into the last-eight.

Louis van GaalÂ’s men huffed and puffed into the second-half but they were unable to create any real clear openings to provide any sort of hope.

Marcus Rashford shot widely over the bar after some neat work with Antonio Valencia while Marouane FellainiÂ’s header was well saved by Mignolet.

The visitors could have grabbed a winner on the night but Coutinho, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino were all denied by De Gea from inside the area.

It ended 1-1 on the night and Liverpool deservedly booked their place in the quarter-final stage of the competition with a 3-1 aggregate win.

For United, their hopes of silverware now rest with the FA Cup where they have to get past West Ham in a last-eight replay.


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