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Manchester United knocked out of Champions League in shock loss to Sevilla

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Manchester United have suffered a shock exit in the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 loss to Sevilla after substitute Wissam Ben Yedder struck twice at Old Trafford.

The Spaniards, who had never won a Champions League match in England, moved into the quarter-finals of Europe's elite club competition for the first time since 1958 having drawn the first leg 0-0.

External Link: Sevilla FC's tweet: Celebrate long into the night, lads. You deserve it.

Jose Mourinho's side were stunned by the two late strikes from Frenchman Ben Yedder and, although Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back, United's once-promising European campaign came to a sorry end.

Ben Yedder put the visitors in front with a low finish just 87 seconds after coming off the bench in the 72nd minute and scored again with a header off the bar four minutes later.

United were a shadow of the team that beat Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, with sloppy passing and a lack of shape, urgency and fluency. Questions will be asked as to why Mourinho switched around the team and formation from that game.

Marcus Rashford was moved to the right, Alexis Sanchez to the left and Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini brought into midfield for Scott McTominay and Juan Mata.

Manchester United's Eric Bailly looks dejected after the match against Sevilla.

However, while United laboured, Sevilla had not looked a real threat in what was a generally poor-quality game until the introduction of Ben Yedder with 18 minutes left.

External Link: Sevilla FC's tweet: For you, Sevillistas

After a swift passing move, the forward sprung the defence with a sharp turn and fired a low shot past David De Gea before doubling Sevilla's lead with a back post header that crossed the line off the underside of the bar despite the keeper's efforts.

Lukaku volleyed home from close range after Juan Mata had flicked on a corner in the 84th minute but there was to be no comeback for United and the visitors could have added more.

Ben Yedder, who now has eight goals from seven games in the Champions League this season, should have claimed a hat-trick when he was sent through one-on-one against De Gea but appeared to freeze and shot tamely straight at the keeper.

Sevilla have never reached the last eight in the Champions League, although they made the European Cup quarter-finals in 1958, and their players celebrated wildly at the end.

Reuters

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