Manchester United took a giant step into reaching the Final of the EFL Cup, following a comprehensive 3-0 victory over hosts Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Wednesday night.
Marcus Rashford struck early in the sixth minute to put the Red Devils in front. Sam Surridge thought he had levelled for the hosts, only to see his effort cancelled for offside by the VAR. New winter arrival Wout Weghorst grabbed his first goal in three appearances for United on the stroke of half-time, while Bruno Fernandes added a third late on in the second half to help manager Erik ten Hag’s side firmly poised to reach the showpiece finale at Wembley next month.
In our second simultaneous fixture of the evening, FC Barcelona saw off the challenge of Real Sociedad 1-0 in their Spanish Copa del Rey quarter-final tie at the Spotify Camp Nou. Ousmane Dembele scored the all-important goal in the 52nd minute to send the Blaugrana through to the semi-finals of the competition.
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FULL-TIME AT THE SPOTIFY CAMP NOU: FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad
FULL-TIME AT THE CITY GROUND: Nottingham Forest 0-3 Manchester United
87′ MIN: Bruno Fernandes puts the icing on the cake for the Red Devils. Game, Set, Match!!!
GOOOAAALLL!!! Nottingham Forest 0-3 Manchester United (B. Fernandes)
52′ MIN: Ousmane Dembele breaks the deadlock to give the Catalans the lead.
GOOOAAALLL!!! FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad (O. Dembele)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE SPOTIFY CAMP NOU: FC Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE CITY GROUND: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Manchester United
HALF-TIME AT THE SPOTIFY CAMP NOU: FC Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad
HALF-TIME AT THE CITY GROUND: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Manchester United
45′ MIN: Wout Weghorst is in the right place at the right time to get to the rebound inside the box and gleefully rifles the ball into the top of the net.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Nottingham Forest 0-2 Manchester United (W. Weghorst)
41′ MIN: The visitors are down to ten men, as Brais Mendez receives his marching orders.
RED CARD!!! To Real Sociedad
6′ MIN: Marcus Rashford finishes his beautiful individual effort with a superb strike from inside the box. Wayne Hennessey is just a bystander as the ball flies into the left side of the goal.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Nottingham Forest 0-1 Manchester United (M. Rashford)
KICK-OFF AT THE SPOTIFY CAMP NOU: FC Barcelona 0-0 Real Sociedad
KICK-OFF AT THE CITY GROUND: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Manchester United
The Starting line-ups for FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad in their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie.
The Starting XI for both teams ahead of their EFL Cup Semi-finals (first leg).