UEFA Europa League
Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden
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FT: The result means that Manchester United win their first ever Europa League title to ensure they qualified automatically for the Champions League Group Stage. The title is manager José Mourinho’s second UEFA Cup/ Europa League title, having won the title with Porto in 2003. Ajax are runners-up but deserve to be proud of their efforts in their campaign as their search for their first European title since 1995 continues.
FT: Ajax didn’t create many chances but they were wasteful from the chances they did create. After conceding the second-goal, substitute Van De Beek cut-inside to fire a tame effort at-goal before fellow substitute Neres miscued his lobbed-effort late-on.
FT: Manchester United didn’t create many chances but were more clinical than their Dutch opponents, who despite dominating possession, didn’t really use the ball to their advantage. Mkhitaryan’s hooked-finish doubled their lead before a Fellaini header was saved well by Onana.
FT: Manchester United are the Europa League Champions.
90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+3′ Chance!! Neres is played through on-goal by Ziyech and the substitute has just Romero to beat but his lobbed effort is miscued and the eventual danger is averted by Smalling.
90′ The corner is dealt with.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
89′ Final Manchester United change sees Wayne Rooney replace Mata.
88′ Mata wins a corner.
88′ Veltman is penalised for a foul on Herrera.
86′ Chance!! Van De Beek cuts-inside to fire an effort at-goal that Romero saves with ease.
84′ Smalling wins a freekick after a foul from Klaassen.
83′ Second Manchester United change sees Anthony Martial replace Rashford.
82′ Sánchez fires an effort over the bar from-range.
80′ Final Ajax change sees Frenkie De Jong replace Riedewald.
80′ De Lift fires an effort off-target from-range.
79′ The delivery is eventually cleared.
79′ Darmian concedes a corner.
76′ Riedewald is booked for a coming together with Herrera, who of course made the most of it.
76′ Mata is booked for a foul on De Ligt.
73′ First Manchester United change sees Jesse Lingard replace Mkhitaryan.
72′ Blind wins a freekick after a foul from Traoré.
72′ Ziyech’s freekick hits the wall.
70′ Mkhitaryan is penalised for handball.
69′ Second Ajax change sees Schöne replaced by Donny Van De Beek.
67′ The corner is dealt with by United.
67′ Smalling concedes a corner.
65′ Ziyech fires an effort over the bar from-range.
64′ Traoré wins a freekick after a foul from Smalling.
64′ Chance!! Pogba finds Fellaini with a cross but the Belgian’s header is straight at Onana.
63′ Younes is booked for a foul on Valencia.
61′ First Ajax change sees David Neres replace Dolberg.
57′ Veltman is booked for a foul on Mata.
56′ The corner is eventually cleared.
56′ Pogba concedes a corner.
53′ De Ligt wins a freekick after a foul from Rashford.
50′ Fellaini is booked for a cynical foul on Schöne.
47′ Goal!! The delivery is flicked-on by Smalling into the path of Mkhitaryan, who hooks the ball home.
46′ Sánchez concedes a corner.
46′ Younes is penalised for a foul on Fellaini.
45′ Ajax get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Manchester United add to their tally and hold onto their lead or will Ajax come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Ajax have dominated possession and have got into some promising positions with Ziyech, Younes and Traoré causing a number of problems for the United defence, but they haven’t been clinical in the final-third. Dolberg has been isolated thus far and will require better service if his to pose a threat to the United defence.
HT: Manchester United will need to add a second goal if they are to seal the victory. Ajax’s Sánchez has looked nervy on a number of occasions and has gifted possession to José Mourinho’s side several times and if United are to exploit the Ajax defence, they may want to get the better of the number five.
HT: The Dutch side’s best chance fell to Traoré, whose effort at-goal was saved comfortably by Romero.
HT: In a half of few chances, the English side took the lead through Pogba’s deflected strike from-range. Valencia then went close when he surged forward to fire an effort at-goal that Onana palmed away.
HT: So Manchester United lead at the break.
45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
44′ Traoré is penalised for a foul on Darmian.
42′ Rashford is penalised for a foul on Sánchez.
39′ Pogba wins a freekick after a foul from Veltman.
30′ Mkhitaryan is booked for a foul on Veltman.
27′ Rashford is penalised for handball.
26′ Sánchez is penalised for a foul on Rashford.
23′ Close!! Valencia surges forward before firing an effort at-goal that Onana palms away.
22′ Mkhitaryan is penalised for a foul on Veltman.
22′ The delivery is cleared.
21′ Herrera concedes a corner.
21′ Veltman wins a freekick after a foul from Mkhitaryan.
19′ The corner is headed over the bar by Sánchez.
18′ Smalling concedes a corner.
18′ Goal!! Fellaini finds Pogba, who fires an effort at-goal from-range that deflects fortuitously past a helpless Onana.
16′ Herrera wins a freekick.
14′ Close!! Traoré and Younes combine before the former fires an effort at-goal that Romero saves well at his near-post.
10′ Sánchez is penalised for a foul on Mkhitaryan.
9′ Mata sends a teasing delivery across the face of goal that just evades Fellaini.
8′ Rashford is penalised for a foul on Sánchez.
3′ Sánchez wins a freekick after a foul from Mkhitaryan.
0′ Pogba fires an effort wide from-range after Onana and Veltman clattered into each other.
0′ Manchester United get the game underway.
AFC Ajax: André Onana (GK), Jaïro Riedewald, Matthijs De Ligt, Davinson Sánchez, Joël Veltman, Lasse Schöne, Hakim Ziyech, Davy Klaassen, Amin Younes, Bertrand Traoré, Kasper Dolberg
Manchester United F.C.: Sergio Romero (GK), Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford