Villarreal overcome Dinamo Zagreb in quarter-final
Roma hold off Ajax to secure Manchester United tie
Thu 15 Apr 2021 17.53 EDT
Unai Emery will face his former club Arsenal in the Europa League semi-finals after Villarreal defeated Dinamo Zagreb.
Emery spent an underwhelming 18 months at Arsenal as Arsène Wenger’s replacement and is rebuilding his managerial career at Villarreal, with the Spanish club beating Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 to progress 3-1 on aggregate.
Villarreal’s goals were scored by Paco Alcácer and Gerard Moreno at the end of the first half, with Zagreb – the last-16 conquerors of Tottenham – grabbing a consolation through Mislav Orsic. The victory sends Villarreal into the last-four of the Europa League for the first time since 2016.
Roma survived a scare from Ajax as they drew 1-1 at home to progress 3-2 on aggregate.
Ajax took the lead through Brian Brobbey’s lob in the 49th minute to put the hosts under pressure. Edin Dzeko equalised in the 72nd minute and Ajax could not find another goal to take the tie into extra time.
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