Manchester United became the first team to prevent Sevilla from scoring at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the Champions League after their goalless draw on Wednesday.
- De Gea brilliant in goal for United
- Muriel, Correa and N’Zonzi denied
- Sarabia squanders good chance
- Rashford twice misses target late on
Sevilla 0 Manchester United 0
David De Gea was key to achieving that feat as he made a string of top-class saves to keep Vincenzo Montella’s side at bay in the first leg of their round-of-16 clash.
Romelu Lukaku was largely isolated up front for United, but he had their best chance of the first half, before Marcus Rashford came close to winning it late on.
The hosts enjoyed by far the better chances in the first half and made a bright start, with a skidding 25-yard strike from Luis Muriel forcing De Gea into a diving one-handed save in the fourth minute.
After Ever Banega hit a speculative long-range shot over the crossbar on 14 minutes, Jesus Navas went closer moments later when he drilled an effort just wide of the left post from 22 yards out.
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United’s best opening of the half saw Lukaku volley well over the target on 25 minutes after being picked out inside the area on the left by Alexis Sanchez, while Scott McTominay tested Sergio Rico with a firm left-footed strike from 20 yards out 13 minutes later.
The Red Devils were indebted to De Gea for keeping them in the tie at the half-time interval. The Spaniard was called into action on 42 minutes as Joaquin Correa looked to side-foot the ball into the bottom-right corner of the net after being played in on the left.
De Gea then pulled off two superb saves just before the break, tipping over Steven N’Zonzi’s glancing header from close range, before denying Muriel from just six-yards out after he got on the end of Navas’ cross on the right.
Muriel failed to test the Spain international with a left-footed shot from 20 yards out that he dragged wide of the right post on 58 minutes, while Clement Lenglet should have done better when he drew a comfortable save out of De Gea with a header from a free-kick on the left six minutes later.
They call it the Theatre of Dreams for a reason and the @ChampionsLeague dream is still very much alive.
— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) February 21, 2018
Correa did well to get into the box soon afterwards, but he wasted a good chance with a wayward shot after cutting inside from the left, and Banega provided De Gea with a routine save from 67th-minute free-kick.
Pablo Sarabia passed up another gilt-edged opportunity for Los Rojiblancos on 73 minutes when he headed over at the back post after being picked out by Muriel’s dangerous cross, before the Colombian fired an angled shot from the right straight at De Gea eight minutes from time.
United almost snatched victory in the 87th minute as Anthony Martial launched a counter on the left and fellow substitute Rashford missed to the left of the goal after being teed up by Pogba inside the box.
Rashford threatened again in the final minute with a swerving free-kick that flew narrowly wide of the right post, with a worried Rico diving at full stretch.