Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United Liverpool have the upper hand in their first ever European ti...
Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United
Liverpool have the upper hand in their first ever European tie against Manchester United as Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino guided the Reds to a 2-0 first-leg win in the Europa League last 16.
Liverpool dominated in the first half and they were awarded a penalty when Manchester United winger Memphis pulled Nathaniel Clyne down in the penalty area.
Striker Daniel Sturridge scored from the spot to put his side into a 1-0 lead, with David De Gea getting a hand to the ball but failing to keep it out.
|The Spaniard came close to saving Sturridge's effort - as the Red Devils' No 1 got a hand on the penalty|
De Gea kept United in the game with a string of wonderful saves from Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, and the home side should have gone into the half-time break with more than a one goal lead.
Liverpool doubled their lead in the second half when Lallana capitalised on a poor clearance from substitute Michael Carrick, squaring the ball to Roberto Firmino who slotted past De Gea into the top corner of the net.
The Reds came out 2-0 winners in the end and now take a two goal lead to Old Trafford in the second leg next week.
Borrusia Dortmund 3-0 Tottenham
Much-changed Tottenham were outclassed by Borussia Dortmund, who took a commanding lead into the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie. Spurs’ hopes of winning the Europa League are hanging in the balance after losing in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
|Man on fire: Aubamenyang netted his 38th goal in 33 matches this season|
With seven alterations, Spurs struggled to contain the hosts and were fortunate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's header was the only difference at half-time.
Gonzalo Castro hit the post before Marco Reus rifled in at the back post. Son Hueng-min had a penalty appeal turned down but Reus then scored a half-volley after a flowing move.
Tottenham's heaviest defeat of the season leaves them a mountain to climb against a Dortmund team who must be considered one of the favourites to win the Europa League this season.
|Reus and Aubamenyang combined to score 3 goals for Dortmund|
And in Mauricio Pochettino's 100th game in charge, his team selection perhaps showed that lying second in the Premier League is a more valuable commodity as Spurs seek to win a first top-flight league title since 1961.
All Results At A Glance
Dortmund 3-0 Tottenham
Basel 0-0 Sevilla
Fenerbahçe 1-0 Sporting Braga
Shaktar 3-1 Anderlecht
Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Valencia
Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United
Sparta Prague 1-1 Lazio
Villarreal 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Liverpool strikes first as Daniel Sturridge converts the penalty drawn by Nathaniel Clyne. #LFCvMUFC https://t.co/LW0ctlEpbj— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 10, 2016
Roberto Firmino's 9th goal in all comps this season doubles Liverpool's lead on Man United. #LFCvMUFC https://t.co/usXnNotk5z— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 10, 2016
Borrusia Dortmund Goals
Wimmer the Joker as Batman Aubameyang gets 33rd of season #BVBTOT.— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) March 10, 2016
Courtesy: BT Sporthttps://t.co/NUQ445Vmt1 pic.twitter.com/YhfFPAzxLX
GOAL BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2 - 0 TOTTENHAM. Reus 60' Takes advantage of slack marking from the corner to double the lead pic.twitter.com/diBczven7Z— Live Goals (@LiveGoalVids) March 10, 2016