Manchester United are through to the Europa League semifinals after beating Copenhagen in extra time in the quarterfinals on Monday, 1-0, in Cologne, Germany. The Red Devils scored via penalty kick in the first half of extra time with Bruno Fernandes converting it. United will now face Wolves or Sevilla for a spot in the final.
It was an eventful match and although the extra-time penalty proved to be the decider, United was the stronger side. The Danish club stayed in the game due to an inspiring performance from goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson, who made numerous world-class saves as his team kept the chance of an upset alive for much of the match.
United joins Inter Milan in the semis after the Italian club beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1. For a .
Here are three takeaways from the match.
1. FC Copenhagen's goalkeeper's agents better get some calls
Johnsson was absolutely spectacular on the night with 13 saves and proved he is a fantastic shot-stopper. He made saves with every part of his body except his head, reacted well with both hands and was quite impressive. If I'm a Premier League team (looking at you, Chelsea) or Serie A team looking for a goalkeeper, I'm placing a call because his market price is certainly under $5 million and could be a great value. He's 30 years of age, which isn't a lot for a goalkeeper, and he's got national team experience with Sweden.
2. There's no better penalty-kick taker than Bruno
Death, taxes, and Bruno Fernandes converting from the penalty spot. He's made 18 straight for Manchester United and hasn't missed once since October of 2018. That means it's been nearly two years since he missed a spot kick, which is easier said than done. He's got great accuracy on his spot kicks, puts a bit of pace on them and just shows extreme confidence, and he did it again in this one.
3. Give Copenhagen credit
That was a performance Copenhagen should be proud of. Sure, they didn't produce a single shot on goal as accuracy was off, and their goalkeeper had to make so many saves, but they were sharp on the ball, used fouls to slow down United on the counter and really competed. It was a valiant effort for a club that wasn't given that much of a chance to win.
Manchester United 1, Copenhagen 0 (Final a.e.t.)
⚽ Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes penalty (94')