Dendoncker Denies Manchester United, Violence Mars Lyon-Besiktas At Europa League

By Dayafter Bureau, Agencies

Late strike by Leander Dendoncker to snatch 1-1 draw for Anderlecht against Manchester United in the first leg of April 13th Europa League quarter-final while another encounter between Lyon and Besiktas got overshadowed by the crowd trouble.

Belgian midfielder Dendoncker rose to power home a header from Ivan Obradovic’s cross four minutes from time and pushed out Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first-half opener. It was no less than Anderlecht deserved for a committed second-half display, although United will rue not taking earlier chances to kill off the tie ahead of next week’s return at Old Trafford.

In Lyon, Turkish fans clashed with rival supporters and security forces in the run-up to kick-off before fans spilled onto the pitch causing a 45-minute delay to a match designated as high-risk by authorities.

With United potentially facing two matches a week right through to the end of the season, Jose Mourinho had been hoping for a quiet night to conserve energy ahead of Sunday’s crunch Old Trafford clash against Chelsea.