Champions League: United hold Sevilla, Shakhtar sink Roma

David de Gea was the star of the show as Manchester United played a 0-0 draw against Sevilla in their Champions League last 16, first leg clash on Wednesday. As he’s done so often, De Gea made two incredible saves to deny Steven N’Zonzi and Luis Muriel at the end of the first half at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, denying Sevilla a lead to take to England for the return leg next month.

Once again Joe Mourinho selected 21-year-old Scott McTominay ahead of Paul Pogba in a midfield three, however, an untimely injury to Ander Herrera meant the France midfielder was thrown on after just 17 minutes of a first half dominated by the Spanish side.

The hosts dominated the first-half and should have gone ahead but for De Gea’s class, as the Spain keeper displayed breath-taking reactions to keep out headed attempts from N’Zonzi and Muriel from point-blank range.

Pablo Sarabia also missed from close range after an inviting Muriel cross in the 73rd minute, before Romelu Lukaku’s goal was ruled out for a handball as he controlled before shooting.

Elsewhere, Shakhtar Donetsk fought back from a goal down to beat Roma 2-1 in their first-leg tie in Ukraine.

Turkish youngster Cengiz Under marked his Champions League debut for Roma with a well-taken 41st-minute opener.

However, second-half strikes from Facundo Ferreyra and Fred left the tie finely balanced ahead of the return game at the Stadio Olimpico in three weeks’ time.

 

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