Europa League: Saelemaekers’ Milan and Alderweireld’s Tottenham have the quarterfinals at their fingertips
The Italians will have to control Manchester United after the split in the first leg. The Spurs receive Dinamo Zagreb a little more calmly.
JThursday evening, the second leg of the knockout stages of the Europa League are on the program. The clash between AC Milan and Manchester United is particularly eagerly awaited.
The Italians have the best cards before the duel at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium. Last week, in the first leg in England, they shared the stake 1-1. Simon Kjaer offered a deserved equalizer in added time after youngster Amad Diallo put ManU ahead. Alexis Saelemaekers played 70 minutes at Old Trafford. Last weekend, he came into play in the top game lost against Naples (0-1).
Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed both games due to an adductor injury but could be recovered and return to ManU, the club for which he played between 2016 and 2018.
Tottenham will be looking to secure a ticket to the quarter-finals at Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia. Harry Kane gave Spurs a comfortable starting position with two goals in the first leg. Toby Alderweireld followed the game from the bench but played the entire game at Arsenal last weekend, where Mourinho’s troops lost 2-1 after opening the scoring thanks to a brilliant goal from Lamela.
The Gunners are also on deck Thursday night. Mikel Arteta’s side welcome Greek side Olympiacos, which will have a tough time at the Emirates Stadium after a 1-3 loss at home.
Like Arsenal, Ajax (3-0 v Young Boys) and AS Roma (3-0 v Shakhtar Donetsk) also have a foot and a half in the quarter-finals. The same goes for the last two Spanish representatives in the Europa League, Villarreal (0-2 against Dyinamo Kiev, defender of Club Brugge) and Granada (2-0 against Molde).
Steven Gerrard will try to qualify with his Glasgow Rangers at the expense of Slavia Prague. The first game in the Czech Republic ended with a score of 1-1. The Rangers, this season’s winners of Standard, in the group stage, and Antwerp in the round of 16, are already assured of the Scottish title.
The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Friday afternoon.