FULL-TIME, Man United 2-1 Barcelona (4-3 agg): United are through thanks to a second half comeback, and this is extra painful because Barça had a real chance of advancing after their brilliant first half. But they’re going home, and this one will hurt for a while.
GOAL, Man United 2-1 Barcelona (Antony 73’): United take the lead after Barça block two shots inside the box but the ball falls to Antony and the Brazilian finds the bottom corner.
GOAL, Man United 1-1 Barcelona (Fred 47’): United equalize as Fernandes finds Fred who has time to take a touch and fire it home.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Man United 0-1 Barcelona: Back underway at Old Trafford! Let’s finish the job, boys!
HALFTIME, Man United 0-1 Barcelona: After a shaky start Barça were by far the best team in the first half, dominating possession in midfield, pressing high up the pitch and pretty much shutting down United’s best players. Very impressive stuff so far, but there’s still a whole half to play.
GOAL!!! Man United 0-1 Barcelona (Lewandowski pen 18’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Robert Lewandowski steps up to the spot and fires into the top corner! David De Gea got a glove on it but couldn’t keep it out and Barça are ahead on the road!
16’ PENALTY TO BARCELONA! Bruno Fernandes grabs and pulls down Alejandro Balde inside the box and the referee points to the spot!
KICKOFF! Man United 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway at Old Trafford!
WELCOME TO OLD TRAFFORD!!! One of the most legendary stadiums in the world is the site of a gigantic match between Manchester United and Barcelona who meet in the second leg of their Europa League Playoff tie. These two played a fantastic match last week and left it all to be decided tonight after a 2-2 draw, and even more fun is expected as they fight for a place in the Round of 16. But it won’t be easy for Barça who are missing three crucial players against a United side that’s been nearly unbeatable at home. This should be all kinds of fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; De Jong, Busquets, Kessie; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Roberto (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas (GK), Eric, Alonso, Alba, Casadó, Torre, Ferran, Fati
Starting XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martínez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Fernandes, Weghorst, Sancho; Rashford (4-2-3-1)
Substitutes: Heaton (GK), Lindelöf, Maguire, Dalot, Malacia, McTominay, Sabitzer, Mainoo, Antony, Elanga, Pellistri, Garnacho
Competition/Round: 2022-23 UEFA Europa League, Playoff Knockouts, Second Leg
Date/Time: Thursday, February 23, 2023, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Friday)
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
VAR: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: TUDN (USA), Not Available (Canada), BT Sport 2 (UK), SONY TEN 2 (India), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!