MANCHESTER, England — Sevilla reached the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time after beating Manchester United 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to two second-half goals from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder.
The French striker scored in the 74th minute — two minutes after coming on — with a low shot from 12 metres and then sent in a header off a corner that United goalkeeper David De Gea could only parry into his own net in the 78th.
That left United 2-0 behind on aggregate and needing three goals to advance. Romelu Lukaku pulled one back from close range in the 84th but a late rally couldn’t prevent United slipping out of the competition.
Ben Yedder, a former futsal player for France, moved onto eight goals in this season’s competition and he missed a chance for a hat trick as United’s defence fell apart in the latter stages. Only Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo — with 12 goals — has more.
Sevilla last reached the last eight of the competition in 1958, when it was called the European Cup, and joins fellow Spanish team Real Madrid in Friday’s draw.
The 0-0 draw in the first leg in Spain three weeks ago always felt dangerous score line for United.
The longer it went scoreless, the more nervy it got inside Old Trafford and the more likely one goal from Sevilla would decide the game.
Enter Ben Yedder, who gave the visitors a cutting edge the man he replaced — Luis Muriel — didn’t offer.
His crucial first goal came when Pablo Sarabia found space between United’s defence and midfield, and fed Ben Yedder with a precise through ball. The striker got half a meter on Eric Bailly and drove a low shot inside the post.
De Gea had no chance with that goal, but could have done more about the second. A Sevilla corner was flicked onto the back post where Ben Yedder stooped to send in a header that De Gea tried to palm over the bar but only succeeded in diverting it into his own net.
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