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Spanish papers hail ‘Big Ben’ as Wissam Ben Yedder sends United out

  • Manchester United crashed out of Champions League at the hands of Sevilla
  • Spanish papers revelled in their side’s win, praising striker Wissam Ben Yedder
  • Marca called him ‘Big Ben’ and referred to Jose Mourinho’s ‘little football’
  • There is another England-Spain game coming up as Chelsea travel to Barcelona

Spain’s sports newspapers waxed lyrical about Wissam Ben Yedder after the Sevilla striker came off the bench to send Manchester United crashing out of Europe.

United were favourites to secure progression to the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League, but Old Trafford was rocked by two late Ben Yedder goals.

The forward had only come off the bench minutes earlier, and Marca labelled him ‘Big Ben’ after his Tuesday night heroics.

Wissam Ben Yedder celebrates after scoring against Manchester United on Tuesday night

Marca called the Sevilla striker 'Big Ben'

AS carried a photo of Sevilla's team celebrating at Old Trafford

Ben Yedder’s heroics were plastered across the front pages of both Marca and AS in Spain

The paper wrote that ‘a stellar performance from the Frenchman’ secured Sevilla’s route to the last eight for the first time in 60 years.

In addition, they labelled United’s performance ‘little football from Mourinho’, in contrast to Ben Yedder’s ‘big’ performance. 

AS, meanwhile, used their headline to poke fun at United’s nickname for Old Trafford – the Theatre of Dreams.

Spinning it on its head, their page lead read ‘Sevilla of dreams’, while they also carried quotes from both managers on Wednesday morning.

Ben Yedder curls the ball around Eric Bailly to score the first of Sevilla's two quick-fire goals

Ben Yedder curls the ball around Eric Bailly to score the first of Sevilla’s two quick-fire goals

Former Manchester City forward Nolito posted this picture from Sevilla's dressing room

Former Manchester City forward Nolito posted this picture from Sevilla’s dressing room

Mourinho said: ‘It was an equal game but they deserved to go through, hopefully they do well,’ while Vincenzo Montella noted: ‘We played a great game here and also in the first leg.’ 

Although a predominantly Barcelona-based paper, Mundo Deportivo also used a line of their front page to celebrate Sevilla’s success in England.

Their front page read: ‘Ben Yedder and a great Sevilla make history at Old Trafford.’

For the Catalan paper, though, their big moment comes on Wednesday night as Barcelona look to get past Chelsea to book their place in the quarter-finals.