UEFA Champions League: Man United avenge Istanbul defeat, Neymar keeps PSG on course

  A double from Bruno Fernandes helped Manchester United to a 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday, kee...

 

A double from Bruno Fernandes helped Manchester United to a 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday, keeping them top of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League Group H.

After losing away to the Turkish side in the previous round of fixtures, the victory keeps United, with nine points from four games, on track to progress to the knockout stage, which they can reach with a win at home to Paris St Germain (PSG) next week.

PSG, who beat RB Leipzig 1-0 on Tuesday, are second, level on six points with German side, while Basaksehir have three.

Bruno Fernandes (L) of Manchester United jumps to score a goal against Istanbul Basaksehir during the UEFA Champions League group match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, 
Daniel James (R) of Manchester United attempts to tackle the ball during the match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

Fernandes blasted United into a seventh-minute lead in spectacular fashion when a corner from Alex Telles was half-cleared to him on the edge of the area and his first-time drive whistled past Mert Gunok in the Basaksehir goal.

If the Turkish keeper was helpless to stop that effort he was clearly at fault for the second United goal, in the 19th minute, when he fumbled a cross from Telles, gifting Fernandes a simple tap-in.

Rashford then raced clear on to a long ball forward from Victor Lindelof, but Boli Bolingoli needlessly barged him over as he burst into the box and the United striker converted the penalty to make it 3-0.

The game was put beyond doubt in stoppage time from a counter-attack, when Greenwood slipped the ball across to Daniel James to slot home.

"I felt first half we saw the intent straight away, they wanted to play and they enjoyed it," said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"It's a Champions League night at Old Trafford, you'd expect them to enjoy themselves. We scored some very nice goals, I'm pleased."

Neymar (L) celebrates with PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe (R) after scoring a goal on penalty against RB Leipzig during the UEFA Champions League match at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, November 24, 2020. /CFP

A PSG was outplayed for long spells but held on after an early Neymar penalty to beat RB Leipzig 1-0 on Tuesday and revive their Champions League campaign.

Last season's runners-up had lost two of their opening three matches in Group H and would have been staring at an early exit from the competition had they lost again to the Germans behind closed doors at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

Neymar is slashed by a player of RB Leipzig during the UEFA Champions League group match at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, November 24, 2020. /CFP
Yet Neymar's 11th-minute spot-kick proved enough for PSG as Leipzig failed to convert any of the chances that came their way.




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