The first legs of the quarter-finals of the Europa League took place without German participation. Manchester United won against Granada, Zagreb lost to Villarreal, Ajax gambled away the win against Rome.
Ex-winners Manchester United have a good chance of making it to the semi-finals in the Europa League. The English soccer champions won the quarter-final first leg at Granada CF on Thursday 2-0 (1-0). Marcus Rashford made a counterattack in the 31st minute after a perfect ball transfer to the opening goal, Bruno Fernandes (90th) increased with a penalty kick shortly before the end.
League rivals Arsenal FC with Bernd Leno in goal, on the other hand, only scored 1: 1 (0: 0) against Slavia Prague at home. Alexandre Lacazette first flicked the ball against the crossbar alone in front of the goal (62nd), Nicolas Pepé made it better for the Londoners in the 86th minute. But after Leno was still able to prevent the equalizer, he was powerless against Tomas Holes (90 + 4) in stoppage time.
Ajax leads and loses
The Dutch leader Ajax Amsterdam is threatened with the end after the 1: 2 (1: 0) at home against AS Roma. After the lead by ex-Bremer Davy Klaassen (39th), Dusan Tadic failed with a poorly shot foul penalty to goalkeeper Pau López (53rd). On the other hand, Kjell Scherpen let a harmless free kick by Lorenzo Pellegrini slip into the goal to equalize (57.). Roger Ibanez (87.) then even scored to win for the Romans, who would be potential opponents of Manchester United in the semifinals.
FC Villarreal, on the other hand, can hope to reach the semi-finals after the 1-0 (1-0) at Dinamo Zagreb. Gerard Moreno (44th) converted a hand penalty to the only goal. The second legs will take place next Thursday.