MANCHESTER: Marcus Rashford enhanced his burgeoning reputation by steering Manchester United into the Europa League semifinals with an extra-time winner against Anderlecht last night.
Switched from the wing to center forward after an injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rashford turned two defenders and slotted home a deflected shot in the 107th minute to give United a 2-1 win over the Belgian champion at Old Trafford.
The Europa League was the competition in which Rashford made his senior breakthrough last season, scoring twice on debut against FC Midtjylland as an 18-year-old unknown.
Elsewhere, Schalke over-turned a 2-0 first leg deficit to beat Ajax 3-0 in another tie which went to extra-time.
Leon Goretzka and Guido Burgstaller scored in the space of three second-half minutes to cancel out Ajax’s advantage before Daniel Caligiuri hit Schalke’s third after 101 minutes thanks to Sead Kolasinac’s fine cross.
Celta Vigo reached a European semi-final for the first time after a 1-1 draw at Genk gave them a 4-3 aggregate win over the Belgians.
Danish winger Pione Sisto put the Spaniards ahead on the night with a fierce drive in the 63rd minute after a barnstorming run from the halfway line.
Leandro Trossard levelled just four minutes later but it was not enough to dent the Spaniards’ charge to the last four.