Stockholm: Man United, Ajax reach Europa League final
Manchester United survived a nervy last few minutes to reach their first Europa League final after a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo.
Jose Mourinho’s team went through 2-1 on aggregate following last week’s 1-0 win in northern Spain.
Marouane Fellaini had given United a first half lead with a header but Facundo Roncaglia gave Celta hope with a header five minutes from time.
Roncaglia and United’s Eric Bailly were sent off on 88 minutes after a clash before John Guidetti missed an open goal with the last kick of the match that would have sent the Spaniards into the Stockholm final.
Dutch giants Ajax secured their ticket to the Europa League final on Thursday despite losing 3-1 away to Lyon in their semi-final second leg.
Ajax’s 4-1 win in the first leg in Amsterdam saw them through against their French rivals with the 1992 winners progressing 5-4 on aggregate.
Kasper Dolberg scored early for Ajax but a quickfire Alexandre Lacazette double — the first from the penalty spot — just before the break reignited Lyon’s hopes of a first European final.
Substitute Rachid Ghezzal nodded in a heavily-deflected third late on as Ajax played the final minutes with ten men after Dutch international Nick Viergever received a second booking.Punch