Manchester United’s Scottish midfielder Scott McTominay makes an attempt to attain in the course of the UEFA Europa League final 16, first leg soccer match Linzer ASK (LASK) v Manchester United in Linz, Austria, on March 12, 2020. JOE KLAMAR / AFP
Manchester United received 5-Zero at LASK Linz behind closed doorways within the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie, in a contest thrown into chaos because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Odion Ighalo slammed residence the opener by way of the underside of the bar from 20 yards simply earlier than the half-hour, and Daniel James added a second with a pointy run and end simply earlier than the hour mark.
Juan Mata bagged a 3rd eight minutes from the tip and Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira struck in damage time, as United prolonged their unbeaten run to 11 matches, with 9 clear sheets in that point.
The sport was performed with out followers consistent with the steering of the Austrian authorities — certainly one of 4 matches to be held behind closed doorways on Thursday.
UEFA on Wednesday confirmed that the primary legs between Inter Milan and Getafe in Italy, and between Sevilla and Roma in Spain, wouldn’t go forward as deliberate.
The announcement got here after Spanish authorities suspended flights till March 25 to the nation from Italy, which has been the worst hit European nation by the unfold of the virus.
With the second legs because of be performed subsequent week, it’s unclear how the ties shall be resolved.
Istanbul Basaksehir received 1-Zero at residence to FC Copenhagen in Turkey courtesy of a late Edin Visca penalty, in certainly one of simply two first-leg matches allowed to happen earlier than a crowd. Rangers in opposition to Bayer Leverkusen at Ibrox can even be open to followers.
Basel secured a shock Three-Zero victory over Eintracht Frankfurt with Samuele Campo, Kevin Bua and Fabian Frei all heading in the right direction for the guests. Germany’s monetary capital can even host subsequent week’s return leg, because of coronavirus-related restrictions imposed by Swiss authorities.
Wolfsburg’s recreation in opposition to Shakhtar Donetsk shall be performed behind closed doorways, as will the match between Olympiakos and Wolverhampton Wanderers in Greece.
On Tuesday it was introduced that Olympiakos proprietor Vangelis Marinakis — additionally the proprietor of English membership Nottingham Forest — had examined constructive for coronavirus. He mentioned he was taking “all necessary measures” and “feeling well”.
Wolves requested that the match be postponed, however mentioned that UEFA had rejected that request.