Roma ROM
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Dzeko 56',Cristante 59',Alex Telles 82' (pp)
M. United MNU
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Cavani 38', 67'
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Roma 3-2 Manchester United, result, goals, summary: Europa League semi-final second leg

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Roma 3-2 Manchester United, result, goals, summary: Europa League semi-final second leg

Roma 3-2 Manchester United (5-8 agg): Europa League as it happened

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Peep peep peeeep! Felix Brych blows his whistle, and Manchester United are into the Europa League final after a hugely enjoyable evening of football in the Italian capital.

3-2 it has ended on the night - and, in truth, both sides could have scored about six. That Roma did not is thanks chiefly to a fine exhibition of shot-stopping from David de Gea.

United's 8-5 aggregate victory means that finally, at the fifth attempt, the Red Devils have made it through the semi-final of a major cup competition under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

And they will face Villarreal in the final in Gdansk: the final whistle has just gone at the Emirates, where Unai Emery's men have sealed a 2-1 aggregate win over Arsenal and, in the process, have avoided both of Europe's elite club competitions ending up in all-Premier League finals.

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92

Williams is booked for a slightly over-enthusiastic challenge on Ibañez.

90

Four minutes of time added on.

89

Fred cuts it back to Rashford, who rifles well over from 25 yards.

Juan Mata came on for Bruno Fernandes a few minutes ago, I neglected to tell you.

85

Blimey, De Gea has to do very well yet again to prevent Roma from once more scoring twice in quick succession. Maguire clears a left-wing cross straight to Cristante, who fires a bouncing shot towards goal, but the United keeper parries!

83

Goal! The substitute Zalewski, who is making his debut for Roma, fires in a third for the hosts!

Santon's left-wing cross falls to the youngster, who volleys in through De Gea's legs and into the net at the back post. There's a brief wait as VAR decides whether or not he was offside - it's very close - but the goal stands!

Villarreal heading through against Arsenal

It's still goalless at the Emirates Stadium, incidentally. Villarreal remain 2-1 ahead and, as things stand, they'll be facing Manchester United in Gdansk.

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77

Roma make a double substitution, Pedro and Dzeko making way for Nicola Zalewski and Borja Mayoral.

76

Mkhitaryan hits the post! Had they taken all their chances tonight, Roma could have had a good few more than just the two. Pellegrini slips the Armenian into shooting space on the left-hand side of the box, but his strike bounces out off the upright!

Moments later, Pedro crosses to Dzeko, who heads over!

73

That is Cavani's last involvement tonight. He is replaced by Marcus Rashford.

72

After Greenwood and Mancini initially square up, Cavani and Karsdorp are both booked after being a shade overzealous in their efforts to defend their team-mates' honour.

70

Roma replace Bruno Peres with Davide Santon.

Manchester United had also made a change before that second Cavani goal, replacing Pogba with Nemanja Matic.

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Goal! Cavani heads Bruno's cross into the net, and United can breathe easy once more.

Greenwood touches it back to Bruno in the left-hand channel, and the Portuguese takes a touch before clipping in a pinpoint cross to meet Cavani's run to the penalty spot, where the striker heads down and into the far corner.

65

It's all happening. At the other end, United twice have good chances to nip Roma's reaction in the bud.

The first opportunity falls to Cavani, but Mirante keeps out the Uruguayan's low shot from just inside the penalty area. A minute or so later, Bruno Fernandes produces a lovely change of direction on the edge of the box before feeding Greenwood, but the winger dinks his finish just past the far post!

62

United are rocking, and on three occasions Roma really should have a third, but come up against an inspired De Gea!

First, the goalkeeper somehow gets a hand to Dzeko's header from point-blank range, before keeping out Pedro's follow-up. Moments later, Pedro fizzes in a near-post cross that Pellegrini turns goalwards, but again De Gea blocks!

The Spaniard has produced quite a number of heroic saves now.

Fred was booked for a foul on Darboe just before the goal, by the way.

59

Hello... Roma score a second! Pellegrini robs Fred on the edge of the box and plays it to Cristante, who powers a fine shot on the half-turn past De Gea and into the far corner!

57

Goal to Roma! That's one - four more to go.

Mkhitaryan gets to the left-hand byline and crosses towards the back stick to Pedro, who volleys a bouncing ball back across goal. Dzeko is standing in precisely the right spot to head it home from a couple of yards out, and head it home he does.

55

Telles cuts the ball back to Van de Beek in yards of shooting space inside the box, but the Dutchman's first touch is poor and the chance is lost.

Dzeko then treads on the ball and somehow persuades Brych to give him a free-kick just inside the United half.

51

Pellegrini drives into crossing space on the left before firing in a low ball to the near post, but it's too close to De Gea, who claims with ease.

49

There are energetic Roma appeals for a spot-kick when Pedro's cross from the right hits Maguire's hand, but referee Felix Brych says: no penalty. The ball ricocheted off another part of Maguire's body before striking his hand, which was by his side, so as far as I understand it Brych is right to wave away the hosts' claims.

47

Van de Beek concedes a free-kick on the right-hand side, but Pellegrini's curling delivery into the box is headed clear.

Moments later, De Gea gets down low to hold a Pedro shot.

United have made two half-time changes, replacing full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw with Brandon Williams and Alex Telles, respectively.

Peeeep! Back underway in Rome.

HT

Peep peep peeeep! That's half time at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma could very easily have had a couple of goals in that first 45, but Manchester United have hardly been without scoring chances of their own, and lead on the night thanks to Edinson Cavani's clinical finish shortly before the break.

That strike takes the visitors' aggregate advantage to 7-2, and it will take a comeback of truly gargantuan proportions for Roma to turn it around now.

It remains 0-0 in tonight's other semi-final second leg in north London, where Arsenal continue to trail Villarreal 2-1 from last week's opener in Spain.

47

There's another chance for Bruno! Cavani lays it off for the midfielder on the edge of the Roma box, but his curling shot flashes a yard or so past Mirante's left-hand post.

45

United are starting to rack up a fairly healthy list of attacking openings themselves, though. Receiving the ball at the back of the Roma box, Greenwood volleys it first-time to Bruno, who's all on his own six yards out from goal. However, Greenwood's pass is slightly behind the Portuguese, who tries an acrobatic scorpion-kick-style effort, but can't connect.

Three minutes of time added on in Rome.

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That's another fine save by De Gea! Dzeko feeds Mkhitaryan in shooting space on the left-hand side of the United penalty area, but De Gea quickly gets a firm hand down to block his angled shot!

Roma's lack of goals so far tonight certainly isn't for a lack of chances.

40

Straight away Greenwood takes on Bruno Peres and drifts a low ball across the six-yard box, but no-one in a United shirt is there to gobble up the opportunity.

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Goal to Manchester United! Cavani fires in!

Fred drives forward over the halfway line, before slipping Cavani in behind a Roma defence who make it far too easy for the visitors. Having already passed up two chances, the Uruguayan makes it third time lucky, steadying himself and rifling low past Mirante and into the net.

Roma have had a good couple of chances to score themselves, but it's United who have broken the deadlock and the hosts now need five.

36

Again De Gea has to look alive to block, this time keeping out Mancini's back-post header from Pellegrini's inswinging free-kick from the left. Replays show Mancini was one of several Roma players who were offside, though.

34

De Gea blocks Pellegrini's shot! Dzeko dallies on the edge of the area with Pellegrini in acres of space to his left, and when he finally does play it to his captain, he's been forced just a shade too wide. Pellegrini puts some welly behind his strike nonetheless, but United's goalkeeper is in position at the near post to parry.

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Mkhitaryan heads just wide! Dzeko offloads the ball to the right to Pedro, who whips in a delicious curling cross right onto Mkhitaryan's forehead. He can't quite direct his effort on target, however. Another very decent chance for the hosts - and the second to fall to the former United man.

30

Smalling is down and can't continue. How many more injuries are Roma going to suffer in this tie? Smalling is replaced by midfielder Ebrima Darboe, with Mancini stepping back into the defence.

27

Another great chance for Cavani! Having weathered the initial flurry of Roma openings, United are starting to enjoy the clearest opportunity now.

Bruno Fernandes slips Cavani in behind the hosts' defence and into the box with a lovely through ball, but Mirante stands up well to block the Uruguayan's powerful shot! Replays show he parried with his head; ouch.

25

Bailly strides imperiously out of defence and into the Roma half, but with options his right and left, he takes too long to make up his mind, before falling over as he tries to feed it to Van de Beek, and succeeds only in playing it to Smalling.

24

Karsdorp tries to clip a low curling ball in behind Maguire to meet Pellegrini's run into the box, but the United captain is alive to the Dutchman's intentions and is in position to cut out the through ball.

20

Cavani hits the crossbar! Roma have had the better of it so far, but United are inches away from stretching their aggregate lead there.

It's just a hoof forward towards the striker, but suddenly he's in behind the home defence and lifting the bouncing ball over Mirante... only to see it skid off the top of the bar and behind for a goal-kick!

18

Aaron Wan-Bissaka absolutely cleans out Bruno Peres on the left wing, and gets about the most deserved yellow card you're likely to see. Maybe lucky to avoid a red, to be honest.

17

Fred feeds it through to Cavani, but the Uruguayan had drifted a step or two offside and the flag is up.

Greenwood has tonight become the youngest ever Englishman to reach 100 United appearances, by the way.

14

Pedro shoots over! After Pogba wins the ball back off Mkhitaryan on the edge of the United box, Pedro robs the Frenchman right away and takes aim, but fires a good couple of yards too high.

11

Manchester United carve out their first attack of substance thus far. Edinson Cavani receives on the edge of the Roma box, feeds it wide to Bruno Fernandes and races into the area to get on the end of the Portuguese's cross. It's too long for Cavani, however, and Greenwood can't reach it at the back post, either.

8

It's still all Roma ball in the United half - and Luke Shaw has his pocket picked by Rick Karsdorp, who nearly finds Dzeko in space inside the six-yard box! Karsdorp robs Shaw on the right wing and scampers into the United area, but Maguire is in position to block the cut-back to Dzeko. A good job he was - it would surely have been 1-0 had he not.

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Now Pellegerini shoots just off target from the edge of the box. United are flirting with conceding an early opener.

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Again Roma go close to an early opener! Pellegrini clips the corner to the near post, where the ball is headed on to Mkhitaryan at the back post. However, the Armenian, one of two men in the Roma line-up who won the Europa League with United in 2017 - nods into the side-netting! Chris Smalling is the other, of course.

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That's a fine save by David de Gea! Eric Bailly bundles over Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the left wing, giving Lorenzo Pellegrini an opportunity to swing it into the box.

Swing it into the box he does, and when Edin Dzeko flicks it on into the six-yard box, Gianluca Mancini controls - with his hand - but is denied by a point-blank stop by De Gea!

Mancini clearly handles before shooting... but it'll be a corner to the hosts.

Peeeep! We're underway in Rome.

Arsenal look to overcome slender first-leg deficit against Villarreal in other last-four clash

Premier League club Arsenal host LaLiga's Villarreal in tonight's other semi-final, trailing 2-1 from last week's first leg in Spain. You can follow live-text coverage of that game here.

With Manchester City and Chelsea through to an all-Champions League final, we'll have a repeat of 2019's Premier League clean sweep if both the Gunners and United reach the Europa League showpiece event in Gdansk on 26 May.

United look to make it fifth time lucky under Solskjaer

If Manchester United manage to avoid another famous Roma comeback tonight, they will progress from the semi-finals of a major cup competition for the first time in five attempts under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

EUROPA LEAGUE

Roma vs Manchester United: times, TV & how to watch online

Should you be unsure where you can tune into tonight's game in the Italian capital, let me point you in the direction of our guide on how and where to watch.

Solskjaer

What the coaches said: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Fan protests:

"We have to listen, hear the fans' voices, it's everyone's right to protest. But it has to be in a peaceful manner. Unfortunately, when you break in, when police get injured, scarred for life, that's one step too far, and when it gets out of hand like this, it's a police matter, it's not about opinions anymore."

United's approach to the second leg:

“We’re not going to play on the [first-leg] result; we're going to play to win the game. That's the only way I think we can play this game. Of course, there might be one or two changes in the selection, but we have to get into the final. Everyone says it's done but I've seen bigger upsets than this. Roma beat Barcelona in a second leg after being 4-1 down."

More from Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

(Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble)

Paulo Fonseca

What the coaches said: Paulo Fonseca, Roma

José Mourinho appointment:

"For me, professionalism is a sacred value. I am as motivated here today as I was on my first day. I want to do my best for Roma until the final day. Mourinho is a great coach, we all know that. I think he will do a great job. Speaking honestly, I thought it was time to follow a different path away from Roma."

Second-leg task:

“We have to be realistic; obviously it won't be easy to win 4-0, but in football I have seen and experienced many things. There is nothing that is impossible. Compared to us, they will certainly be fresher and, in addition, they have the advantage of the first-leg result, which will make them feel safe. However, we want to win and fight to the end."

(Photo: Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Four changes for Roma; Van de Beek starts for United

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca makes four changes to the team that lost 6-2 at Old Trafford last week, as Antonio Mirante, Gianluca Mancini, Bruno Peres and Pedro all come in.

Every one of the four players to make way - Pau López, Leonardo Spinazzola, Amadou Diawara and Jordan Veretout - has been ruled out by injury.

Having played with three at the back in Manchester, it looks like Fonseca has gone for a 4-2-3-1 tonight.

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes three changes to the Manchester United team from the first leg, as Eric Bailly comes into the defence, Donny van de Beek is handed a rare start in midfield, and Mason Greenwood is rewarded for his goal against the Italians on Thursday with a place in the attack.

Manchester United

Starting line-up: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Van de Beek, Greenwood, Bruno, Pogba, Cavani

Substitutes: Diallo, Tuanzebe, Elanga, Rashford, Lindelöf, Matic, Mata, McTominay, Williams, Grant, Henderson, Telles

Roma team news

Starting line-up: Mirante, Karsdorp, Smalling, Ibañez, Peres, Mancini, Cristante, Pedro, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan, Dzeko

Substitutes: Ciervo, Mayoral, Darboe, Fuzato, Bove, Zalewski, Kumbulla, Boer, Santon

Roma vs Manchester United: Europa League preamble

Buona sera! Welcome to our live coverage of Roma and Manchester United’s Europa League semi-final second leg, as United bid to complete the job after utterly demolishing the Italians last week, and the hosts look to do something only two other clubs have ever managed in the competition.

United's 6-2 win at Old Trafford leaves Roma with the task of becoming only the third team in UEFA Cup/Europa League history to overcome a first-leg deficit of four or more goals to progress from a knockout tie. (In case you ask, the other two are Partizan Belgrade vs QPR in 1984/85, and Real Madrid vs Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1985/86.)

Of course, the Giallorossi have shown themselves to be partial to a spot of odds defying comebackery in recent times, famously dumping Barcelona out of the Champions League quarter-finals in 2017/18 after losing the first leg 4-1 at the Camp Nou.

United haven’t played since last Thursday's first leg, as their Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday was postponed after fans gained access to the Old Trafford pitch to protest against the Glazers' ownership of the club.

Meanwhile, Roma, who suffered their fourth defeat in five games when they went down 2-0 to Sampdoria in Serie A at the weekend, have hardly had an uneventful few days themselves. Having agreed to part company with head coach Paulo Fonseca at the end of the season, they announced former United boss José Mourinho as Fonseca’s successor on Tuesday.

Mourinho it was who led United to victory in the Europa League in 2016/17 - the Red Devils' last major trophy. Ah, don't you just love a narrative.

Anyway, the teams are in, so let's get right to that!

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