Ralf Rangnick suffered the following setback with Manchester United, record champions of England. Nine days after the 4-1 loss in the city derby against the City of Champions, the interim coach of the team and the Red Devils were eliminated in the round of 16 of the Champions League with a 0-1 loss (0 -1) against Atlético de Madrid.
Renan Lodi (41st) sealed the Premier League final fifth after 1-1 in the first duel, which played his last chance for the title. United, who found their teeth in the disciplined defender of the Spanish champions, had already floundered early in both domestic cup competitions. Record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo remained pale.
Manchester started well in front of 73,000 spectators at Old Trafford, Anthony Elanga missed the first big chance when he fired the ball past goalkeeper Jan Oblak (13th). At the other end, Rodrigo de Paul was saved by United goalkeeper David De Gea (16′), who made a great save. The Red Devils dominated, Atletico counterattacked: after a cross from Antoine Griezman, Lodi surprisingly headed the guests up front, Ronaldo loudly and with gestures complained of an alleged foul before the attack. Oblak prevented Bruno Fernandes from equalizing just before the break (45+2).
Immediately after the restart, Elanga narrowly missed the far corner (46th). Ex-Dortmund Jadon Sancho volleyed over the crossbar (59′), then Raphael Varane missed Oblak with a header (77′).
Benfica gets a lot out of little in Amsterdam
Benfica Lisbon, meanwhile, have disappointed the attacking artists of Ajax Amsterdam and have reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in six years. The 37-time Portuguese champions happily won the round of 16 second leg against the Dutch record champions 1-0 (0-0) and pulled off an upset with former Dortmund player Julian Weigl in the starting eleven after the 2-win -2 in the first leg. Darwin Núñez scored the decisive goal (77th).
Amsterdam dominated from the start and squeezed the guests at times, but the hosts did not create great chances. Lisboa defended skillfully but rarely punctured. Ajax was also superior after the change, but too harmless. Little was seen of the splendor of the two victories against Borussia Dortmund in the preliminary round. Sebastien Haller, who had always scored in the first seven games in the premier class, was largely out. Lisbon rarely advanced, but seized the first opportunity to take the lead. Núñez headed from a free kick.