Harry Maguire and Tyrell Malacia put through their own goal late on as Manchester United squandered a comfortable lead in a 2-2 draw against Sevilla in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie.
Captain Maguire deflected into his own net in the 92nd minute, just eight minutes after Malacia had turned past David de Gea as Sevilla somehow found a way back at Old Trafford in the quarter-final first leg.
A Marcel Sabitzer first-half double appeared to have Erik ten Hag’s hosts in complete control, only for the late drama to leave United reeling by full-time.
Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side will boast home advantage in a week’s time as they eye a seventh Europa League title since the 2006-07 season.
Jadon Sancho fired past Sevilla keeper Bono with less than 30 seconds on the clock, only to be curtailed by a late offside flag.
A smart Bono stop denied Antony soon after, though the goalkeeper could do little two minutes later as Bruno Fernandes found Sabitzer, whose strike deflected into the top-left corner.
Sabitzer added his second just six minutes later after latching onto Anthony Martial’s throughball and drilling past Bono.
De Gea kept United’s lead intact at the interval after producing an expert save against a Tanguy Nianzou header from Ivan Rakitic’s corner.
Antony twice went close after the break, whipping a curling effort wide before seeing a similar attempt smash off Bono’s right post.
Christian Eriksen’s 62nd-minute introduction after three months out injured came as United seemed set for victory, only for Malacia to offer Sevilla hope when turning Jesus Navas’ low cross into his own net.
Sevilla then seized an unlikely comeback in the closing stages as Youssef En-Nesyri’s header fortuitously deflected off Maguire and wrongfooted De Gea.
ane – 7/10 – His last act before being withdrawn at half-time was an intelligent goal-line clearance with his head.
CB: Lisandro Martinez – 6/10 – Looked in genuine discomfort and distress when he went down late on with no one near him. Carried off the pitch.
LB: Tyrell Malacia – 5/10 – Had a decent game until switching off at the back post late on, a lapse that gave Sevilla a way back into the tie.
CM: Casemiro – 7/10 – His usual force at the base of midfield. Will come away from this one battered and bruised afetr studs to the leg and a boot to the face.
CM: Bruno Fernandes (c) – 8/10 – Came off with the game won and United cruising, having contributed massively to the 2-0 lead. Suspended for the next leg.
RM: Antony – 8/10 – An attacking threat, causing problems and hitting the post. Worked hard going the other way too and engaged in a good-spirited battle with opposing full-back Marcos Acuna.
AM: Marcel Sabitzer – 8/10 – Played his position so well and made the difference in the game by scoring two very well taken goals.
LM: Jadon Sancho – 7/10 – Had the ball in the net in 27 seconds, albeit disallowed, and looked generally bright in the first half in particular.
ST: Anthony Martial – 8/10 – A fully fit and motivated Martial is a very dangerous weapon, as was the case here. Played a big role in both of Sabitzer’s goals, directly assisting the second.
SUB: Harry Maguire (46′ for Varane) – 5/10
SUB: Wout Weghorst (62′ for Martial) – 5/10
SUB: Christian Eriksen (62′ for Fernandes) – 6/10
SUB: Anthony Elanga (63′ for Sancho) – 5/10
SUB: Facundo Pellistri (81′ for Antony) – 6/10
Erik ten Hag – 6/10 – Things began so well and he will likely be furious with the late collapse after he had withdrawn a number of the players who had started. Substitutions weakened the team.
Sevilla player ratings (4-2-3-1)
GK: Bono (5); RB: Montiel (6), CB: Nianzou (5), CB: Marcao (6), LB: Acuna (6); CM: Fernando (5), CM: Gudelj (6); RM: Ocampos (6), AM: Rakitic (c) (6), LM: Torres (6); ST: Lamela (5)
Subs: Navas (7), En-Nesyri (7), Suso (6), Gomez (N/A)
Player of the match – Anthony Martial (Man Utd)
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