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Man Utd into Europa League quarter-finals, Arsenal eliminated

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Rashford scored the only goal to help Man Utd win 1-0 away at Betis, thereby qualifying for the Europa League quarter-finals. Arsenal drew 3-3 on aggregate with Sporting, but lost on penalties and were eliminated.

Rashford shines, Man Utd win easily at Betis

Man Utd into Europa League quarter-finals

With a 4-1 win at home in the first leg of the round of 16, Manchester United had all but secured their place in the quarter-finals, despite still having to play the second leg away. In reality, Betis did not pose too many problems for Man Utd at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, and all statistics favored the away team.

The only goal was scored by Rashford in the 56th minute, bringing a 1-0 victory to Man Utd. Man Utd's victory was well-deserved as they were better than the home team in all statistics, and if their strikers had made better use of their chances, they could have scored more than one goal.

Winning with an aggregate score of 5-1, Man Utd became the only English representative in the Europa League, as Arsenal were unexpectedly eliminated.

Man Utd dominated possession at Betis. In the 7th minute, from a quick counter-attack by the home team, Juanmi rushed up and shot from the edge of the penalty area, but the ball went wide while De Gea stood and watched. In the 31st minute, Juanmi faced De Gea again, but this time the victory went to the away team's goalkeeper.

Although they had slightly more possession, Man Utd did not attack well in the first half, with only a few shots and not a single shot on target. Man Utd's best chance in the first half came in the first minute of stoppage time, after a free-kick, Pellistri shot from the center of the penalty area, but the ball hit the post and bounced out.

After the break, Man Utd played more fluently. In the 53rd minute, the away team attacked smoothly, Rashford faced Siva in front of the goal but was unsuccessful. Three minutes later, the English player confidently shot the ball from about 23 meters, the ball crossed the left corner and passed Silva's reach to become a goal.

Rashford's goal created a turning point in spirit for Man Utd, and they completely took the advantage in attacking for the rest of the match. It's a pity that they did not score more goals to have a higher score. Anyway, with a 1-0 victory, Man Utd completed their task of earning prize money and kept their place in the quarter-finals.

Arsenal loses to Sporting in the penalty shootout

Arsenal was eliminated from Europa League

Arsenal drew 2-2 away to Sporting Lisbon in the first leg. Having the advantage of playing at home in the second leg, Mikel Arteta's team had a brighter chance of progressing than their Portuguese counterparts. Unfortunately, Arsenal was disappointed by being knocked out after the penalty shootout.

The "Gunners" got off to a good start, with Xhaka scoring in the 19th minute to put the home team ahead. However, Arsenal couldn't break through after the early goal. Despite having a 100% shot accuracy rate (5/5) in the first half, Arsenal only managed to score one goal.

Sporting didn't play well in the first 45 minutes and didn't have a shot on target. However, the away team was strong in the second half, even though they only had equal possession with Arsenal. Sporting had more shots on goal than Arsenal.

Goncalves equalized for Sporting in the 62nd minute. In the remaining time of the second half, Sporting attacked more but still couldn't score another goal. The 3-3 draw in total score made the two teams play extra time. Arsenal regained the advantage and dominated the game, but they still couldn't score another goal.

In the penalty shootout, Sporting took the first shot, and Arsenal took the second. All 5 Sporting players scored successfully. On Arsenal's side, Martinelli missed in the fourth round of penalties, causing the Emirates Stadium team to lose the match and be knocked out.

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