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MU, Barcelona winger Raphinha was angry after being pulled out in the 2022/2023 Europa League play-off match against Manchester United at Camp Nou, MU Friday (17/02/2023) early morning WIB. In that duel, both teams had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Barcelona scored the opening goal through Marcos Alonso’s header. Raphinha also contributed one goal for the Blaugrana. The Red Devils scored two goals, each through Marcus Rashford and Jules Kounde’s own goal.
MU Raphinha played impressively in the match against Manchester United. In addition to scoring one goal, he also made assists for goals made by Marcos Alonso. MU Despite his impressive appearance, Barcelona coach Xavi then withdrew Raphinha. MU He was replaced by Ferran Torres in the 83rd minute. However, Raphinha looked annoyed when he was on the bench. He hit the chair in front of him causing Jordi Alba and other players to calm him down.
MU Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez can understand Raphinha’s disappointment. However, he did it for the good of the team. “I can understand it, it happened to me but I did it for the good of the team, it never showed,” Xavi said. “Now he has apologized but he doesn’t have to. MU I told him, calm down, I understand. I don’t see it as a negative thing, I see it in a very positive way because he wants to be there, playing.”
Raphinha himself admitted that he had apologized to the coach for his attitude. He felt sorry and promised not to do it again. “I spoke to the coach after the match. I took the opportunity to apologize to everyone,” said Raphinha. “To the coach again, to Ferran, who will take my place, to the team, to the fans. But there are times when we really want to be on the pitch to help the team win. “We are all human and have our moments that we cannot control. I know that I made mistakes and I am here to apologize to everyone and it will not happen again.”
The duel between Barcelona and Manchester United (MU) in the first leg of the 2022/2023 Europa League knockout play-off ended without a winner. The match which took place at the Camp Nou ended with an equal score of 2-2, Friday (17/2/2023) WIB. All goals were created in the second half, after in the first half a number of golden opportunities were thwarted by each goalkeeper.
Barcelona scored the opener through Marcos Alonso’s header (50′) and the closing goal in this game via Raphinha (76′). Man United himself scored two goals, each through Marcus Rashford (53′) and Jules Kounde’s own goal (59′). This result makes the meeting in the second leg which took place at MU headquarters, namely Old Trafford, will be very decisive. Each team still has to win the game without any conditions.
The game was slow in the first 15 minutes. However, Barcelona had a more promising chance in the 9th minute. Robert Lewandowski almost put Barcelona ahead if goalkeeper De Gea was not adept at saving. Man United only had a golden opportunity in the 28th minute. Wout Weghorst was open to changing the score but this time it was goalkeeper Ter Stegen’s turn to thwart him. Ter Stegen again managed to delay Man United’s opener in the 34th minute. Marcus Rashford, who received a through ball from Jadon Sancho, tried to target the far post which Ter Stegen read well.
In the 38th minute, it was Barcelona’s turn to have a chance. Jordi Alba took advantage of Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s mistake for penetration and fired a shot that hit a Man United player. However, De Gea’s reaction still managed to save Man United’s goal from conceding. Overall, the appearance of the goalkeepers of the two teams is very different. Two golden opportunities from each team were able to be saved.
Only in the second half, the greatness of each goalkeeper did not last. Their goal conceded twice, while continuing to make crucial saves. The 50th minute the home fans rumbled. Raphinha’s corner hit Marcos Alonso’s head. He then headed it at the near post which De Gea failed to reach. Barcelona’s advantage only lasted until the 53rd minute. Rashford finally answered his curiosity by beating Ter Stegen with a low shot at the near post after receiving a pass from Fred.
Man United turned ahead in the 59th minute. This time from a corner kick situation. The chaos that occurred in front of Barcelona’s goal, accidentally hit Jules Kounde’s body and headed into his own goal. Man United lost their advantage in the 76th minute. A bait error from Casemiro made Barcelona attack immediately. Raphinha’s cross from Kounde was completed by Raphinha for Barcelona’s second goal. In the last ten minutes, Barcelona had at least two more golden opportunities to turn things around. Unfortunately, De Gea is still alert to dispel any of these opportunities.
Manchester United (MU) managed to draw against host Barcelona in the first leg of the 2022/2023 Europa League play-off. Playing at the Camp Nou Stadium, the two teams had to settle for sharing the 2-2 numbers, Friday (17/2/2023) early morning WIB. MU manager , Erik Ten Hag, looks quite satisfied with the draw achieved by Manchester United at the headquarters of the strong team Barcelona in the Europa League. The Dutch coach also highlighted the leadership of referee Maurizio Mariani in the match.
After the match, Ten Hag said that at the start of the match, his team had difficulty penetrating Barca’s defense. However, according to him afterwards the Red Devils (nicknamed MU ) were able to dictate the game. “I think we dictated the game. Apart from about 15 minutes in the first half we had some difficulties but the rest of the time we dictated the game,” Erik ten Hag told BT Sport .
The former Ajax coach acknowledged the overall quality of the thrilling match and was impressed by the number of chances created by Man United’s players in the game. “We had so many chances so I was a bit disappointed at half-time it was 0-0, we should have scored and the chances they had we created ourselves.” “But I think it was a great game, two teams attacking each other, I think it’s really Champions League quality, so I really enjoyed the game. We have to finish at Old Trafford.”
However, on the same occasion Ten Hag was very angry with the referee’s decision not to give Man United a free kick for a clear violation of Marcus Rashford. Rashford was a thorn in Barca’s side throughout the game and appeared to be brought down by Jules Kounde with a shot on target, but referee Maurizio Mariani allowed play to go on. “I think the referee had a big influence in this game. It was a foul on Rashy. So it was a big influence, not only for this game, in this round. No way, the referee can’t make a lot of mistakes like that.”
On the other hand, Marcus Rashford himself was also confused by the referee Mariani’s decision. “It was a very important moment in the game,” he said. “I touched it past him and my foot was in front of the ball, Jules Kounde hit my leg and it was a clear contact. It wasn’t a penalty but 100 per cent a foul for me.”
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