Sevilla dumps United, Roma through

MANCHESTER — Manchester United suffered a shock exit in the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 loss to Sevilla after substitute Wissam Ben Yedder struck twice at Old Trafford Tuesday.

The Spaniards, who had never won a Champions League match in England, moved into the quarterfinals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 1958 having drawn the first leg 0-0.

Jose Mourinho’s side was stunned by the two late strikes from Frenchman Ben Yedder and, although Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back, United’s once promising European campaign came to a sorry end.

Ben Yedder put the visitors in front with a low finish just 87 seconds after coming off the bench in the 72nd minute and scored again with a header off the bar four minutes later.

United was a shadow of the team that beat Liverpool in the Premier League Saturday, with sloppy passing and a lack of shape, urgency and fluency. Questions will be asked as to why Mourinho switched around the team and formation from that game.

Marcus Rashford was moved to the right, Alexis Sanchez to the left and Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini brought into midfield for Scott McTominay and Juan Mata.

However, while United labored Sevilla had not looked a real threat in what was a generally poor quality game until the introduction of Ben Yedder with 18 minutes left.

After a swift passing move, the forward sprung the defense with a sharp turn and fired a low shot past David De Gea before doubling Sevilla’s lead with a back post header that crossed the line off the underside of the bar despite the keeper’s efforts.

Lukaku volleyed home from close range after Juan Mata had flicked on a corner in the 84th minute but there was to be no comeback for United and the visitors could have added more.

Ben Yedder, who now has eight goals from seven games in the Champions League this season, should have claimed a hat trick when he was sent through one-on-one against De Gea but appeared to freeze and shot tamely straight at the keeper.

Sevilla has never reached the last eight in the Champions League, although it made the European Cup quarterfinals in 1958, and its players celebrated wildly at the end.

Dzeko lifts Roma

Roma beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2008 as a magnificent finish by Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko sent them through on away goals.

Roma celebrated only its second win in six meetings with the Ukrainian side and got revenge for a 6-2 aggregate defeat by Shakhtar at the same stage of the competition in 2011, although it endured a nervy finish.

Having trailed 2-1 from the first leg, Roma looked bereft of ideas for much of the contest at the Stadio Olimpico before Dzeko broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute following a tepid first half devoid of goal-mouth action.

Shakhtar came close to extending its overall advantage when Roma defender Alessandro Florenzi headed a floated free kick into the box inches wide of his own far post.

Roma’s solitary glimpse of goal in the opening half came in the 28th minute when visiting keeper Andriy Pyatov palmed away a fizzing low cross by Aleksandar Kolarov to deny Dzeko a simple tap-in from close range.

The home side came out with renewed purpose in the second half and Dzeko delighted Roma fans when he broke the deadlock with a trademark clinical finish.

The Bosnian took a defense-splitting pass from midfielder Kevin Strootman into his stride and beat the offside trap before he steered the ball into the far corner with the outside of his foot past the advancing Pyatov.

Dzeko curled a shot from the edge of the penalty area inches wide in the 62nd minute before Shakhtar center back Ivan Ordets was shown a straight red card in the 79th for hauling down the Bosnian when he was through on goal.

Despite being a man down, Shakhtar launched a late onslaught and had several dangerous raids down the left flank but the home team’s defense held on until the final whistle.