Real Betis 0-1 Man United LIVE! Rashford goal - Europa League result, match stream and latest updates today
Marcus Rashford fired Manchester United to victory at Real Betis with a rocket of a strike as Erik ten Hag’s side cruised through to the Europa League quarter-finals.
The Red Devils headed to Spain all-but assured of progress from this last-16 tie having won the first leg 4-1 in freezing conditions at Old Trafford last Thursday.
Betis made United sweat during the opening stages in the return fixture, but Rashford’s outstanding strike silenced the bouncing Estadio Benito Villamarin and secured a 1-0 win on the night.
The impressive 5-1 aggregate triumph puts them through to the quarter-finals, with Friday’s draw to outline their potential path to the Europa League final in Budapest.
The second leg in Seville had started in unconvincing fashion against Manuel Pellegrini’s Verdiblancos, with Juanmi wasting a glorious chance before Joaquin struck the post from distance.
Facundo Pellistri, making his first United start, hit the post at the end of a poor first half that was followed by a much-improved second-period performance by Ten Hag’s team.
Rashford looked sharp and followed an inexplicable miss moments earlier by unleashing a stunning 25-yard strike that ensured United’s first away trip since their Anfield annihilation ended in a win.
Betis’ 50,000-plus fans were always here in hope rather than expectation given their three-goal deficit and their side flew out of the blocks, wasting a glorious eighth-minute chance.
United were caught out of position and Ayoze Perez sent Juanmi through, only to drag his shot across the face of goal with Harry Maguire breathing down his neck.
It was a huge let-off followed by 41-year-old Joaquin winding back the years to unleash a stunning 30-yard effort that hit the post after a slight Casemiro deflection.
Betis were making life uncomfortable for a strong-looking United side, although Ten Hag’s men eventually managed to slow the tempo and frustrate the hosts without ever looking in control.
The sharp start had waned but David De Gea had to be alert to stop Juanmi, who had raced between the visitors’ centre-back pairing to meet a fine through ball.
Maguire blocked the lively forward’s next attempt as the raucous home support continued to back their team, whose faint hopes were almost extinguished in stoppage time.
Casemiro went down on the left following a foul by Joaquin and Bruno Fernandes swung in the resulting free-kick, with the ball falling to Pellistri to get a shot into the ground that hit the post.
Wout Weghorst threw himself at it in an attempt to prod home but could not stretch to meet it, just as he had failed when trying to reach a Casemiro header at the start of the game.
The sides traded wayward efforts when the second half got under way, with Rashford among those to miss as he played with the bit between his teeth.
Betis goalkeeper Rui Silva denied the 25-year-old after Fernandes played onto him, with the forward furious with himself after uncharacteristically blazing over a brilliant chance.
Rashford quickly let that frustration out in stunning fashion.
Having been found by a sweeping Casemiro pass, he took a couple of touches and then let rip with a fizzing 25-yard strike that flew home to silence the Betis faithful in the 55th minute.
De Gea had produced a fine reaction save to deny Perez from a corner shortly before a brilliant goal that ended hope of an always improbable Betis comeback.
Maguire headed off target as United looked for a second in Seville, with substitutes Jadon Sancho and Marcel Sabitzer both having attempts.
Fernandes, walking a suspension tightrope with Casemiro, was withdrawn and Weghorst had an attempt saved as United exerted the kind of control Ten Hag craved from the start.
More changes took the sting out of a tie that ended with United’s travelling fans calling for the Glazer family to sell the club.
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Real Betis Balompié 0 - 1 Manchester United FC
Real Betis 0-1 Man United (1-5 agg): Red Devils sail into Europa League quarter-finals
19:44 , Jonathan Gorrie
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game as Manchester United cruised into the Europa League quarter-final.
Having last week built a commanding 4-1 lead over Real Betis, it would have taken a collapse of some magnitude in Seville to see Erik ten Hag’s side give up their place in the final eight.
Read our full match report here!
FT: Real Betis 0-1 Man United (1-5 agg)
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90 mins: A routine win for United, who effectively qualified for the quarter-finals in the first leg.
Very little reason for Betis fans to cheer
19:26 , Jonathan Gorrie
82 mins: It looked an impossible job before kick-off and Betis has certainly played like it.
Betis looked cooked
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76 mins: United now able to saunter into the Betis box, such is their lack of intensity.
Man United changes
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🔄 @B_Fernandes8 is replaced by @AnthonyElanga 👊#MUFC || #UEL pic.twitter.com/NE5bAwOVrM
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 16, 2023
Safe passage for Man United
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64 mins: Easy night for United now and supporters can start thinking about who lies in wait in the quarter-finals.
GOAL! Real Betis 0-1 Man United (5-1 agg) | Marcus Rashford ‘54 mins
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54 mins: Minutes after missing from six yards, Rashford fires in from 20 with a powerful shot from outside the box.
CHANCE FOR BETIS!
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53 mins: Perez meets a corner with a well-placed header but De Gea parries away!
CHANCE FOR MAN UNITED
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52 mins: Brilliant counter-attack from United, though Rashford fires only at Silva. Should really have done better.
Huge task for Betis now
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48 mins: While nothing is impossible, we are getting to that stage in Seville!
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HT: Man United 0-0 Real Betis
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Despite some worrying in the opening few minutes, United remain in command here.
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28 mins: A number of United players have lost their footing here. Not really much pattern to the game,
United see out the early storm
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18 mins: The tempo has now dropped and United are in an ideal position as things stand.
OFF THE POST!
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13 mins: Joaquin hits the post!
United looking rattled in the early stages.
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12 mins: Jaoquin and Juanmi have seen good shots blocked as Betis look to go at United in the early stages.
Open game so far!
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05 mins: Betis need to push forward obviously, allowing Man United space on the counter.
Pellsitri and Rashford combining well.
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01 mns: Pellistri starts quickly, looking for Rashford with a cross but he overhits it.
Closing in on kick-off!
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A huge task lies ahead for Real Betis.
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Warming 🆙 in the Spanish sun ☀️ #MUFC || #UEL pic.twitter.com/KAAxMASAcy
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 16, 2023
History against Betis
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Only once have they reversed a first-leg deficit in a European tie...
Fernandes’ goal last time out
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Moving to silence his critics!
🔴 Bruno Fernandes last time out 🔥@B_Fernandes8 || @ManUtd || #UEL pic.twitter.com/bpBhmp4yFY
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) March 16, 2023
Manchester United takeover: Latest as Qatari delegation arrives for talks
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It’s all moving ahead, Man United fans...
Qatari delegation arriving at Carrington as discussions to buy Manchester Utd continue 🔴🇶🇦 #MUFC
Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS group will also be in Manchester this week.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 16, 2023
Head to head (h2h) history and results
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The first leg back in Manchester was the sides’ first competitive meeting, although Betis won a friendly played in Spain during last year’s World Cup break.
Confirmed Real Betis lineup
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Our starting eleven for #RealBetisManUtd!#BetisDay #EuroBetis pic.twitter.com/PE73AICQ8z
— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis_en) March 16, 2023
Confirmed Man Utd lineup
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🔴 U N I T E D 🔴@FPellistri07 is in for his first start for the Reds 👊#MUFC || #UEL
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 16, 2023
Thierry Henry tells Harry Kane: You must leave Tottenham, if I was you I couldn’t sleep at night
16:31 , Jonathan Gorrie
Manchester United target Harry Kane has to leave Tottenham this summer or likely settle for an unfulfilled career, says Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
Last season’s Champions League exit means Spurs will go a 15th season without a trophy, and Kane’s career trophy drought subsequently also extends as he still searches for his first piece of silverware.
Kane’s contract will have just one year remaining come the summer and the player is in no rush to sign an extension, prompting ongoing speculation that he could finally decide to leave.
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Betfair - Real Betis vs Manchester United
Real Betis - 5/2
Draw - 13/5
Man Utd - 1/1
Betfair - Europa League Winner
Man Utd - 15/8
Arsenal - 5/2
Juventus - 7/1
Roma - 8/1
Sevilla - 12/1
Leverkusen - 14/1
Union Berlin - 16/1
Ten Hag told how to solve major Casemiro problem after four-game ban
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Graham Poll has rubbished suggestions that Casemiro is being unfairly targeted by Premier League referees after getting sent off again for Manchester United at the weekend.
The Brazilian midfielder received his marching orders for the second time in just five weeks during the first half of Sunday’s goalless draw with relegation-battling Southampton at Old Trafford, leaving the field in tears and being consoled by team-mates after being shown a straight red card by official Anthony Taylor for a bad challenge on Saints counterpart Carlos Alcaraz.
Casemiro will now serve a four-match domestic suspension that will rule him out of the upcoming FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Fulham, as well as further top-flight matches against Newcastle, Brentford and Everton.
Guardiola insists he is a failure after ‘idol’ Julia Roberts’ Man City snub
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Pep Guardiola has unexpectedly revealed how “idol” Julia Roberts broke his heart with a preference for rivals Manchester United.
Manchester City hammered RB Leipzig 7-0 on Tuesday night in a one-sided Champions League last-16 second-leg clash in which superstar striker Erling Haaland scored five times in total to seal an 8-1 aggregate victory and easily book a place in Friday’s quarter-final draw.
Such a devastating display both collectively as a team and individually from Haaland will greatly raise belief that City can finally end their long wait for glory in Europe’s elite club competition - the one major trophy that has continued to elude them despite their unprecedented period of domestic success during a seven-year stint under Guardiola that has included four Premier League titles, the FA Cup and four League Cups.
It would be a hugely satisfying achievement for the Spaniard, who has often been criticised for failing to add to the two Champions League titles he won as a manager with Barcelona during his stints in charge at both Bayern Munich and City.
Read Guardiola’s comments in full here!
Who can Manchester United face in Europa League quarter-finals? Possible opponents for Friday’s draw
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Manchester United already have one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals ahead of discovering their fate in Friday’s draw.
A last-16 second leg trip to Real Betis must be navigated first but the Red Devils have built a comfortable three-goal lead as they head to Spain.
It means their chances of being involved in the lunchtime ceremony from UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland are high, although the same cannot be said for some of their potential opponents.
When is the Europa League draw? Date, time, teams qualified for quarter-finals and how to watch on TV
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The draw for the Europa League quarter-finals is on the horizon as Arsenal and Manchester United look to book their spot in the next round.
Despite being Europe’s second-tier club competition, this year’s draw could feature several heavyweights including Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and Sevilla.
This stage sees the draw become completely open with no restrictions on who can face who, with the semi-finals also set to be scheduled for the culmination of this year’s Europa League.
When is the Europa League quarter-final draw?
Antony ruled out of Man United’s Europa League trip to Real Betis
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Antony will miss Manchester United’s trip to face Real Betis in the Europa League due to illness.
The Red Devils have named their 21-man travelling party for the last-16 second leg in Spain with the Brazilian winger not included.
After missing training on Wednesday with illness, Antony is also a doubt to face Fulham in the FA Cup quarter-final on the weekend. He has already been named in Brazil’s squad to face Morocco in a friendly later this month.
Prediction: Betis to win, Man Utd to qualify
15:18 , Jonathan Gorrie
United may well take their foot off the pedal against a Betis side playing with freedom given the pretty terminal nature of their hopes of qualifying. But, the Spaniards will not get close to the shock comeback required to reach the next round.
Real Betis to win 2-1, Man United to qualify 5-3 on aggregate
Man Utd team news: Garnacho injured
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Alejandro Garnacho is injured for United after suffering an ankle injury against Southampton and Antony misses out through illness, although Casemiro is eligible to play despite his four-game domestic ban.
Marcel Sabitzer and Victor Lindelof are back in training for what is likely to be a heavily-rotated away team, which remains without Anthony Martial, Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek.
Real Betis team news: Canales to play
15:17 , Jonathan Gorrie
Betis central defender Luiz Felipe will miss out after picking up a hamstring injury on the weekend, adding to the absence of Nabil Fekir and Juan Cruz.
Sergio Canales should be fit to start after playing for 60 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Villarreal on his return to the line-up.
Where to watch Real Betis vs Man United
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TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 5pm.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the BT Sport app and website.
Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog.
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Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Real Betis.
Ten Hag’s side lead 4-1 heading into the game at Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville. Kick-off is at 5.45pm GMT.