It took an extra time Penalty for Manchester United needed by Bruno Fernandes to finally see off a spirited FC Copenhagen and set up a penultimate Europa League semi-final against Sevilla
United was poor for much of the first half in the heat of Cologne but still had a penalty overturned and a goal disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee.
Ole Solskjaer’s side emerged from their shells and dominated the second half but could find no way past inspired goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson, with Fernandes and Mason Greenwood also each hitting the post and Marcus Rashford having another effort disallowed.
Fernandes finally broke through in familiar fashion, keeping his cool to drive in United’s 21st spot-kick of the season at the start of the extra period to extend their marathon season by another week.
The Copenhagen goalkeeper; Johnsson was magnificent between the posts – ending the night with 13 saves in as many shots received, as United rained down 26 efforts on goal all told – while the Danish runners-up failed to have a single shot on target at the night.
United won this competition four seasons ago and will now face Europa League specialists Sevilla in the last four in Dusseldorf next Monday night.
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