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Published: 22:25 | 25/2/16

Tottenham and United progress

Teams record emphatic Europa League wins

Tottenham and Manchester United made it a clean sweep for English sides in the Europa League with comprehensive victories over Fiorentina and FC Midtjylland respectively.

After Liverpool had produced a nervy display to edge past Bundesliga side Augsburg earlier in the evening, Tottenham looked in supreme form as they cruised past Fiorentina 3-0 at White Hart Lane to win 4-1 on aggregate and take their place in the last 16 of the tournament.

They will be joined there by Manchester United who were forced to come from behind before finally cutting loose to secure an emphatic 5-1 victory (6-3 on aggregate) over Danish side FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford, with 18 year-old debutant Marcus Rashford the hero with two fine goals.

At White Hart Lane, Tottenham went ahead on 25 minutes courtesy of a cool finish from Ryan Mason.

The midfielder collected Dele Alli's clever flick before racing into the penalty area and shooting beyond Fiorentina goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu from ten yards.

The Italian side rarely threatened in the opening 45 minutes, the closest they came was Borja Valero's near-post header which ended up in the side netting as Mauricio Pochettino's men looked comfortable at the break.

Nacer Chadli thought he had doubled the advantage barely a minute into the second half, but his effort was chalked off for offside.

Hugo Lloris saved easily from Valero as Fiorentina began to show a little more attacking intent.

But Tottenham sealed the game and the tie with their second goal on 63 minutes as Lamela smashed the ball home from ten yards after Tatarusanu had parried Chadli's rasping shot.

Fiorentina skipper Gonzalo capped a miserable night for the Italian side with an own goal nine minutes from time to make it 3-0 after diverting Kieran Trippier's cross into his own net.

Meanwhile, at Old Trafford, Manchester United came from a goal down on the night and 2-1 behind from the first leg to prevail against FC Midtjylland.

Their run of bad luck with injuries continued as Anthony Martial pulled up in the warm-up just as David de Gea had last week. He was replaced by Rashford and the latest name in United's long list of striking legends may just have been revealed.

But things started badly as United were behind on 27 minutes after Pione Sisto capitalised on Daley Blind error to finish low into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

But United hit back and were level within five minutes after Nikolay Bodurov deflected a Memphis Depay cross into his own net.

Morgan Schneiderlin volleyed narrowly wide as United looked to level the tie on aggregate before the break.

They spurned a great opportunity to do just that on 43 minutes. After Schneiderlin had headed against the post, United were awarded a penalty after Ander Herrera was upended in the box by Andre Romer, Juan Mata's weak effort was easily saved by Andersson.

Herrera headed over from a good position immediately after the restart after meeting Depay's cross six yards out.

United continued to press as the Danish outfit were forced to sit deeper and deeper, but the quality of the final ball into the danger area was lacking on too many occasions.

But they were ahead on the night and level on aggregate on 63 minutes as Rashford showed a true striker's instinct to slam Mata's superb cut-back past Andersson from six yards.

Rashford's dream debut was complete 12 minutes later as he stole in at the far post to sidefoot Guillermo Varela's floated cross beyond Andersson to send the United faithful into raptures.

The tie was sealed with a Herrera penalty three minutes from the end after Kian Hansen was adjudged to have handled in the area.

But there was more to come as, after Romer was dismissed for a second yellow card, Depay got the goal that his display deserved to make it 5-1 in the final minute.

By: Kieran O'Daly

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