Sevilla ousts Man United from Champions League
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Mar 14, 2018,
Mar 14, 2018, 5:47
Apart from a raucous corner behind David de Gea's goal where the Sevilla supporters were housed, the famous stadium was suddenly bereft of belief, the tension that had preceded Ben Yedder's introduction replaced by despair.
United went behind deep into the second half when substitute Wissam Ben Yedder came in to break the deadlock with a precise finish.
Jose Mourinho had no regrets after Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League, saying the shock defeat to Sevilla was "not the end of the world".
Mourinho, who keeps reminding us that he has won the competition twice before - but not since 2010 - instead reacts as though he is brushing a stain off his jacket before moving on to something else.
"We'll be playing 100 per cent to try and achieve that".
Ben Yedder put Sevilla in front two minutes later when he blasted into the bottom corner before heading in a second shortly after.
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"In the first half we played a good game apart from the last 30 metres", said Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella.
"We know we've got to score first and foremost to get through, but we have a lot of confidence in our ability".
Bailly's superbly-timed challenge denied Correa in the box, then Rico had to make a smart save down to his right to turn a snapshot from Jesse Lingard around the post.
Was he happy that United managed just four shots on target over the two legs.
Mourinho's gamble on Fellaini appeared to have largely backfired as he failed to impose his physical presence on Sevilla's ball players in midfield.
Man United should not have been caught cold by Sevilla substitute Ben Yedder, considering his Champions League exploits against Liverpool this season.
Before United could respond it was 2-0 and game over, chaotic defending allowing Ben Yedder to divert a goalbound header that a desperate De Gea was unable to stop crossing the line.