EUROPA: Man United denied victory at Anderlecht; Lyon, Ajax, Celta Vigo win

EUROPA: Man United denied victory at Anderlecht; Lyon, Ajax, Celta Vigo win

English Premier League giants Manchester United were left regretting their missed chances as Belgian side Anderlecht salvaged a late draw in their Europa League quarter-final first leg tie on Thursday night.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave the Red Devils the lead in the 31st minute, before Leander Dendoncker got in front of Matteo Darmian on 86 minutes to arrow home an equaliser which gives his side some hope going into the second leg.

In France, Olympique Lyon’s match against Besiktas was delayed for 45 minutes after clashes in the stands forced some supporters on to the pitch.

“Projectiles and fireworks launched from the stands require fans to take refuge on the pitch,” Lyon tweeted as the game delayed.

But the home team came from behind scoring twice in the closing 10 minutes to bat Besiktas 2-1.

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Elsewhere, in the other quarter-final ties on Thursday night, Celta Vigo defeated Genk 3-2, while Ajax beat Schalke 2-0.

Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and John Guidetti all scored for Celta Vigo as the Spanish side cancelled out 10th minute opener by Jean-Paul Boetius for Genk. Thomas Buffel later reduced the deficit for the visitors in the 67th minute.

Davy Klaassen scored a brace to hand Dutch side Ajax a good advantage over Bundesliga side Schalke 04 going into the second leg.

Full Results of Thursday’s quarter-final first leg ties:

Anderlecht 1 – 1 Manchester United

Celta Vigo 3 – 2 Genk

Ajax 2 – 0 Schalke

Lyon 2 – 1 Besiktas

The second legs will be played next Thursday.


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