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Pogba setback in Man United's Europa win

Press Association logoPress Association 16/03/2017 Theo Katsaros

Manchester United's progress to the Europa League quarter-finals has come at a cost with Paul Pogba hobbling off with a hamstring injury in the 1-0 win over Rostov of Russia.

The world's most expensive player pulled up early in the second half at Old Trafford and slumped to the ground before being substituted. Defender Daley Blind was another casualty in the second half.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho confirmed post-match that midfielder Pogba would be sidelined.

"Yes, hamstring," Mourinho said of Pogba's injury.

"I don't know for sure how long, but no Middlesbrough and no national team."

Pogba had been named in France's squad to face Luxembourg in World Cup qualifying and Spain in a high-profile friendly in next week's international break.

It proved to be a tough night for United against a Rostov team that defended deep and played on the counter in search of the away goal needed after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Juan Mata scored the only goal, tapping home at the far post in the 70th minute after Zlatan Ibrahimovic flicked on a right-wing cross from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

"It was a matter of finishing our chances again. We created some good chances but we could not score," Mata said.

Ibrahimovic struck two shots against the post in the first half while the Old Trafford faithful were as perplexed as Mkhitaryan after officials ignored goalkeeper Nikita Medvedev's inexplicable push on him in the box.

There was still time for a few scares and back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved United's blushes, denying substitute Aleksandr Bukharov's header before an exceptional stoppage-time save from Rostov captain Christian Noboa's free-kick.

"Our aim is to win every tournament we play in. It is a good chance to play Champions League next season and we will try until the end," Mata said.

"The level in the Europa League is difficult."

United's biggest rival in Europe's second-tier competition might well be Lyon after the French team ousted Roma 5-4 on aggregate, despite losing 2-1 in the Italian capital.

Mouctar Diakhaby put Lyon ahead in the 16th before Roma fought back through goals by Kevin Strootman (17th minute) and Lucas Tousard's own goal on the hour mark.

Schalke fought back from being two-goals down against Borussia Monchengladbach to snatch a 2-2 draw and go through on the away goals.

The all-German tie was level at 1-1 after the first leg, with Schalke midfielder Nabil Bentaleb scoring the decisive goal with a 68th-minute penalty in the second leg.

Andreas Christiansen and Mahmoud Dahoud put Monchengladbach ahead with first-half goals before Leon Goretza replied for Schalke on 54 minutes.

"It was a great thing, to come back, but we played well in the first half despite the deficit and I'm curious to see who we now get as an opponent," Goretzka said.

Ajax overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit with first-half goals to Bertrand Traore and Kasper Dolberg securing a 2-0 home win.

Dolberg converted the crucial goal from the penalty spot in stoppage time at the end of the first half, after he was tripped in the area.

Anderlecht earned a second 1-0 win over APOEL thanks to Frank Acheampomng's goal to ease through 2-0 on aggregate.

Earlier, Mat Ryan and Genk held firm to record a 1-1 draw with Belgium rivals Gent, qualifying 6-3 on aggregate.

Ten-man Besiktas beat Olympiacos 4-1 at home to seal a 5-2 aggregate success and Celta Vigo eased into the final eight with a 2-0 win over Krasnodar in Russia, progressing 4-1 on aggregate.

"I congratulate my players for a fantastic night of football," Celta coach Eduardo Berizzo said.

"We bore through some anxious minutes but later we found liberation with the second goal."

The quarter-final draw takes place in Nyon on Friday.

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