Manchester United and Villareal won the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against AS Roma (6-2) and Arsenal (2-1) on Thursday. Nicolas Pépé's sixth goal of the season keeps the Gunners in the hunt for the second leg.
The Red Devils showed discipline and character in this match. Pellegrini (15 pen) and Dzeko (33rd) answered Bruno Fernandes' opening goal (9th). It's not just a matter of the team's performance, it's also a matter of the team's performance in the first half. Cavani (48th and 64th), Bruno Fernandes (71st), Pogba (75th) and Greenwood (86th) put the Red Devils back on track. They have a good option for the second leg. Roma would have to win (4-0) at home to qualify for the final. It's not going to be easy because they're not going to win. "It won't be easy because they've taken a lead. But we'll do everything we can to reverse the trend," said AS Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara.
In the other semi-final, Villarreal and Samuel Chukwueze beat Arsenal 2-1. Nicola Pépé 73rd, sp) reduced the gap and kept his team's chances of qualification alive. "It's an important goal because we are at the halfway point of this double-header. We have to win at home to qualify for the final," said the Ivorian striker. Pépé has six goals in this competition.