UEFA CL: Manchester United secure qualification

UEFA CL: Manchester United secure qualification

06 Dec, 00:45

Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored two goals in three minutes to earn Manchester United a 2-1 Champions League comeback win over CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.

CSKA had taken a surprise lead through Alan Dzagoev on the stroke of half-time despite United's appeals for offside, but Jose Mourinho's two strikers hit back in the second half to ensure the Red Devils finished top of Group A to qualify for the knockout stages.

United dominated the opening stages but lack the ruthless edge they showed in the 3-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday, with Marcus Rashford putting a gilt-edged chance against the post.

The hosts were made to pay for their profligacy right before the interval as CSKA broke down the right and a cut-back fell to Vitinho, whose effort deflected in off the back of Dzagoev.

Controversial goal

The Russian looked to be in an offside position, but Daley Blind - who slid off the field in the build-up - was still considered active in the move, and the goal was given.

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United kept pressing for a route back into the game after the break and caught CSKA with a one-two sucker punch midway through the half.


Pogba chipped a high ball through to Lukaku, and the striker held off his marker to flick a volley home from close range after 64 minutes.

Winning goal

Barely a minute after celebrating that goal, Lukaku rose high to head on a long ball through to Rashford. The ball ran loose and eventually fell to Mata, who chipped a volleyed pass back over the defence for the young striker to make amends for his earlier miss.

CSKA struggled to make a dent after United took the lead, but almost found a late equaliser as Sergio Romero had to make a smart low save to keep the scores level three minutes from time.

Despite the late scare, United held on to secure the result which leaves Mourinho's men top of their group to set up a potentially favourable last-16 draw

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