Juan Mata’s second-half strike at Old Trafford on Thursday secured victory for Manchester United against FC Rostov, as the Red Devils now advance to the Europa League quarter-finals.
Having had a 1-1 draw from the first leg in Russia, Jose Mourinho’s side dominated from the start to end of the game, but the visitors frustrated every of their efforts.
But after Paul Pogba was taken out over an apparent hamstring injury, United hit the Russian side in the 70th minute, when Ibrahimovic flicked the ball into Mata’s path for the midfielder to fire home from close range.
A goal for Rostov would have sent the game to extra time but Romero again made a crucial save right at the end from Christian Noboa’s free-kick.
“It was a matter of finishing our chances again. We created some good chances but we could not score. It is important we kept a clean sheet so we are happy today,” goalscorer Mata said after the game.
“They are a team that push until the end. They play with a difficult system but we adapted well. We are playing at Old Trafford and need to do well.”
Elsewhere, Olympique Lyon beat Roma 5-4 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals. Lyon were leading 4-2 from the first leg, while Roma won the second leg of the tie 2-1 and pushed for a late equaliser, which never came.
Schalke04 beat Borussia Monchengladbach on away goals after coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 to finish 3-3 on aggregate.
Ajax beat FC Copenhagen 2-0 to progress 3-2 on aggregate, with Anderlecht beating Apoel Nicosia 1-0, as they did in the first leg.
Spanish side Celta Vigo defeated FK Krasnodar 2-0; KRC Genk drew 1-1 with Gent, but went through by a 6-3 aggregate; and Olympiacos lost 4-1 and crashed out.
The last-8 teams of the UEFA Europa League are:
The quarter final draw will take place on Friday.
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