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Astana’s comeback sinks young Man United

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Manchester United lost 2-1 at Astana, as the youngest starting lineup in Man United’s European history battled hard and took the lead but lost to the Kazakstani champions.

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Jesse Lingard gave United the lead as the likes of Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Angel Gomes impressed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have seven players their United debuts throughout the game. Second half goals from Shomko and an own goal from Bernard gave Astana the win, as Tahith Chong missed a glorious chance for United to double their lead just before Astana struck twice.

Despite the defeat United still have a chance of finishing in top spot in Group L heading into their final group game against AZ Alkmaar at home, while Astana had no hope of qualifying before the game but secured the biggest victory in their history.

Early on Mason Greenwood had a powerful effort on goal which was pushed away, as United’s young side started brightly.

Two of their more experienced campaigners combined for the opening goal as Luke Shaw fed Lingard, captaining United for the first time, who smashed home to end his run of 28 games without a goal for the Red Devils.

Lingard sent another effort wide soon after and another deflected just over, as Astana took their time to get into the game.

The hosts started the second half well as Bernard almost sliced one into his own net and then Maevski went close.

Shaw then did superbly to set up a glorious chance for Tahith Chong at the back post but he shanked his effort over the bar with the goal gaping.

Moments later Astana made United pay for that miss as Shomko drilled home a low effort into the far corner to send the home fans wild.

Moments later they were celebrating again as a cross from Antonio Rukavina deflected off Bernard and in to turn the game on its head.

Sigurjonsson and Murtazaev both went close as Astana pushed hard to put the game to bed, but their goalkeeper Eric pulled off a tremendous save to deny a fantastic free kick from Angel Gomes.

Eric denied Mason Greenwood with another flying save as Astana were pinned back late on as United’s youngster finished with a flourish but tasted defeat in Kazakhstan.

LIVE, Europa League: Youthful Man United face Astana

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Manchester United take on FC Astana in Kazakhstan on Thursday (kick off, 10:50 a.m. ET) as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named a starting lineup which has an average age of 21.6 years old.

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14 teenagers are among United’s 18-man squad for the UEFA Europa League Group L game, as they’ve already reached the Round of 32 and a win against Astana would secure top spot.

Ethan Laird, Di’Shon Bernard and Dylan Levitt all make their first team debuts for United, while Luke Shaw makes his return after suffering an injury in August.

Jesse Lingard captains the team with veteran goalkeeper Lee Grant and defender Axel Tuanzebe among the handful of more experienced players.

Click on the link above to follow all the action from Astana, and we will keep up to date here at ProSoccerTalk.

Champions League wrap: Astana, Dinamo Zagreb win

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We’re still three rounds from the Premier League participants joining the UEFA Champions League fray, but the relative minnows are still in dogged pursuit of the big pay days that come from qualifying for the group stage.

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Here are the scores from Tuesday’s second qualifying round first legs.

Astana 2-1 Midtjylland

László Kleinheisler scored twice, the second in stoppage time, as the Kazakh side overcame a second half equalizer to beat the Danish visitors. USMNT goalkeeper Bill Hamid was the goalkeeper on the bench.

CFR Cluj 0-1 Malmo

Carlos Strandberg scored the lone goal of the match, and the visitors had new American midfielder Romain Gall on the bench as an unused sub.

Dinamo Zagreb 5-0 Hapoel Be’er Sheva

Two goals from Macedonian international Arijan Ademi drove the Croatians past the visiting Israeli side, who failed to find a single away goal.

PAOK 2-1 Basel
Shkendija 1-0 Sheriff
Legia Warsaw 0-2 Spartak Trnava
Red Star Belgrade 3-0 Suduva

UCL roundup: United, City restore order for the PL

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What in the world is going on with the Premier League’s top teams competing in the UEFA Champions League? A day after Chelsea and Arsenal slumped to embarrassed defeats, the Manchester clubs — United and City — slogged their respective paths to come-from-behind victories against a pair of Bundesliga sides.

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A recap of Wednesday’s UCL action:

Manchester United 2-1 Wolfsburg — FULL RECAP

Wolfsburg took their early lead at Old Trafford (4th minute) through Daniel Caligiuri, who benefitted greatly from a tragically disorganized Man United backline, most notably from right back Antonio Valencia. Having already lost to PSV Eindhoven on the opening day of the group stage, Louis Van Gaal‘s side faced the possibility of having won zero points from their first two games in Group B.

Juan Mata played the role of hero, though, as the Spanish playmaker chipped in with a goal (from the penalty spot) and one of the most stunning back-heel flicks you’ll see all season, to set up Chris Smalling for the game-winning goal.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Manchester City — FULL RECAP

Man City waited a bit longer to go a goal behind away to Monchengladbach, thanks solely to the heroics of goalkeeper Joe Hart. Lars Stindl finally put the home side ahead in the 54th minute, on the fourth serious time of asking.

City pulled level through Nicolas Otamendi in the 65th minute and stole all three points from a poor performance when Sergio Aguero converted from the penalty spot in minute 90. City’s Champions League hopes are still alive (for now).

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Malmo FF 0-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid stayed top of Group A (6 points), thanks to a milestone-breaking and record-setting day from Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese’s first goal (WATCH HERE) was the 500th of his professional career. The second was his 323rd goal for Madrid, tying the club’s all-time record, set by Raul, who appeared in 433 more games than Ronaldo.

Juventus 2-0 Sevilla

Goals scored by Alvaro Morata (41st minute) and Simone Zaza (87th) were enough to make Juventus, finalists in last year’s Champions League, a perfect 2-for-2 in group play. With City’s victory over Monchengladbach, Sevilla (3 points) now find themselves in a heated race for second.

Elsewhere in Champions League action

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Benfica
CSKA Moscow 3-2 PSV Eindhoven
FC Astana 2-2 Galatasaray

UEFA Champions League roundup: Hosts, including Manchester United, go five-for-five in playoff first legs

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Aside from a pair of away goals, the five visiting sides of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League playoff first legs don’t have much to do beside lick their wounds and hope for something better at home.

CSKA Moscow and Club Brugge both scored on the road, but both also lost on Tuesday. And Bayer Leverkusen, Partizan Belgrade and APOEL Nicosia find themselves down 1-0 after 90 road minutes.

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Here are your quick recaps:

Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge
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Memphis Depay scored twice and added a valuable stoppage time assist as the Red Devils overcame an early Michael Carrick own goal to set themselves up well for next Wednesday’s second leg in Belgium.

Lazio 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Keita Balde Diao scored in the 77th minute, eight minutes after Bayer had a goal controversially but correctly ruled offside.

BATE Borisov 1-0 Partizan Belgrade
The visitors went down to 10 men after a first half stoppage time red card, and Mikhail Gordeychuk reaped the rewards off a corner kick with a quarter hour to play.

Astana 1-0 APOEL Nicosia
Eleven-times capped Kazakh midfielder Bauryzhan Dzolchiev, 25, scored the lone goal of a close match in the 13th minute.

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Sporting Lisbon 2-1 CSKA Moscow
Islam Slimani’s 82nd minute goal lifts the Portuguese side into a first leg lead. Seydou Doumbia scored for the visitors. Costa Rican attacker Bryan Ruiz had an assist for the victors.

Wednesday’s UCL first legs (all at 2:45 p.m. ET)
Valencia vs. Monaco
Basel vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Celtic vs. Malmo
Rapid Wien vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Skenderbeu vs. GNK Dinamo