The English comeback Kings thrush 6 past AS Roma
Roma came into the game looking to upset a side that had not lost any European Semifinal at home since 1997, winning 4 and drawing 3 of such games.
Manchester United was all guns blazing against Roma, putting 6 past the unsuspecting Italians. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made three changes in his starting xi, David De Gea replacing Dean Henderson in goal, Pogba and Cavani also getting starting roles in the side this time around. Roma made a cool 7 changes to their starting 11, having suffered a 3-2 defeat to Cagliari in Serie A.
Roma came into the game looking to upset a side that had not lost any European Semifinal at home since 1997, winning 4 and drawing 3 of such games. The Italians were also looking for their first European victory away against an English opponent since February 2001, when they upset Liverpool by a goal to nil in the UEFA Cup, drawing 4 and losing 7 of the last 12 of such fixtures.
United did not have to wait long to hit celebratory tunes, Fernandez converting a lay off from Cavani to lift the ball over Lopez and netting his 25th goal for the Red Devils this season. Manchester United however lost grip on the game, allowing Roma more time on ball. An attack by skipper Karsdorp forced Pogba to slide for ball, picking the cross off accidentally with his arm, earning Roma a penalty that was converted in the 15th minute by Lorenzo Pellegrini.
The pressure mounted on, allowing Bosnian defender Edin Dzeko to tap the ball in at close range passed De Gea, and putting Roma in the lead. Roma showed signs of self-destruction towards the close of the 1st half, Cavani making two near misses on goal, the second more lethal than the first but harmlessly blocked forcing the ball out for an unproductive corner.
The comeback kings had no mercy for the wavering Italians, punishing them as soon as they got a chance. Cavani and Fernandez worked well to allow the Uruguayan find the top corner to put the game level, but that was not enough for the goal-hungry Devils. A little over 16 minutes later, Cavani pounced again off a fumbled Mirante ball, who was trying to stop a Wan-Bissaka shot allowing the striker to send it goal wards, putting United 3 up in the 64th minute.
Fernandez also wanted in on the action, snatching his second of the game in form of a penalty from a Smalling foul against Cavani, who was trying to back heal the ball back into play as it went wide of goal. There was never any doubt from then on, the game clearly for Manchester United to loose.
Paul Pogba’s header and Mason Greenwood’s well worked finish made it 6 goals by the 86th minute, sealing the game where United was the better team, and Roma coming second on almost all the action. It is now up to Roma to cover the 4-goal deficit that the English side put between them in the second leg on Thursday 6th May when they meet again.