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Benfica 0 Manchester United 1

Benfica 0 Manchester United 1

Three wins in three games earning Manchester United a maximum of nine points has put Jose Mourinho`s side on the brink of a place in the last sixteen of the Champions League.

After beating Basel (h) and CSKA Moscow (a) in the first two games, Manchester United stifled Benfica to win 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Marcus Rashford.

The goal itself was a triumph for one man but a disaster for another.

It came after Rashford delivered a long-range free-kick that the Benfica goalkeeper, Mile Svilar, managed to carry over his own goal-line, in the sixty-third minute.

For Svilar it was not the kind of incident he`ll want to remember after becoming, at 18 years and 52 days the youngest goalkeeper to ever play in the Champions League.

However, it wasn`t the kind of performance that Manchester United gave that`ll have the cream of Europe worrying.

For the first hour of the game Manchester United looked off-colour and Svilar was rarely tested when he was forced into a save to keep out a low-drive form Nemanja Matic.

Other chances fell Manchester United`s way but both Rashford and Henrik Mkhitaryan were wasteful, blasting efforts over the bar.

Benfica, for all their endeavour, failed to get a shot on target for the whole game, the nearest they came was when Eduardo Salvio shot wide from inside the penalty area.

Late on, Benfica were reduced to 10-men when their centre-back, Luisao, was shown a second yellow card, and a subsequent red.

However, Manchester United will be concerned with regards to the fitness of Rashford who limped off with what looked like a knee injury in the second half.

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Thursday October 19 2017
Time: 12:36PM

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