Barca-Man United Europa League PO 1st match ‘General Mong’… 2-2 draw
Spanish professional football FC Barcelona and England Manchester United (Man United) failed to decide the winner in the first confrontation heading to the round of 16 of the European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa League (UEL).
Barcelona drew 2-2 with Manchester United in the first leg of the 2022-2023 UEL Playoffs (PO) held at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain on the 17th (Korean time).
The team that will advance to the round of 16 will be covered in the second leg of the PO to be held at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, the home of Manchester United at 5:00 am on the 24th.
In UEL, the top 8 teams in the group stage go directly to the round of 16, and the POs of the 2nd-place teams in the group league and the 8 teams in 3rd place in the Champions League (UCL) group stage determine the remaining teams advancing to the round of 16.
Barcelona finished 3rd in the UCL group stage, and Manchester United finished 2nd in the UEL group stage, so the UEL PO will be played.
Barcelona took the lead in the 5th minute of the second half with Marcos Alonso’s header following Rafinha’s corner kick.
United equalized with a Marcus Rashford goal just two minutes later.
Rashford, who received Fred’s pass, quickly dug into the right side of the goal and fired a ground ball shot from the square, splitting the Barcelona goal.
Manchester United turned the tables with an own goal from Barcelona defender Jules Kunde.
In the 14th minute of the second half, in a corner kick situation, Rashford passed the cutback from the right, and Bruno Fernands메이저놀이터 connected with a shot hit Kunde and headed for the goal.
It was Rafinha who saved Barcelona from the brink of defeat.
In the 31st minute of the second half, Rafinha aimed for Robert Lewandowski’s foot from the right and raised a low diagonal cross, which went straight to the goal without hitting anyone’s foot.
In the 40th minute of the second half, the ball touched Fred’s arm in the United penalty area, but the referee did not declare a handball.
Manchester United manager Eric Tenhach was happy with the away draw.
“Thanks to Rashford for a great performance, but everyone did well,” he said. “If we had scored the first goal, the result would have been different.”
Barcelona coach Xabi Hernández did not hide his discomfort, saying, “One penalty kick was stolen. It is a very surprising result.”
Barcelona also took on the bad news of losing key midfielder Pedri through injury that day.
Meanwhile, Sevilla (Spain) defeated PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 3-0 at home.
Yousif Nusayri (47 minutes in the first half), Lucas Ocampos (5 minutes in the second half) and Nemanja Guday (10 minutes in the second half) scored consecutive goals.
Juventus (Italy) hosted Nantes (France) and ended up with a 1-1 draw.
Juventus took the lead through Dushan Blahovic’s goal in the 13th minute of the first half, but Ludovic Blas equalized in the 15th minute of the second half.
Juventus, which has been sluggish, such as staying in 9th place in Serie A, has become somewhat difficult to advance to the UEL round of 16.