Manchester United secure CL last-16 spot

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Manchester United moved onto the brink of last-16 qualification in the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Benfica at Old Trafford tonight.

An unfortunate own goal from Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar gave United a half-time lead and Daley Blind sealed the win from the penalty spot late on.

The Red Devils have now won all four of their Group A games, but CSKA Moscow’s win over Basel means that official progression to the knockout stages must wait.

Having gifted Marcus Rashford the winning goal in Lisbon a fortnight ago, 18-year-old Svilar was again at the centre of the action, saving Anthony Martial’s penalty on 15 minutes.

Martial earned the spot kick himself via a powerful run into the box which knocked Douglas down, and the grounded Brazilian used his arm to handle the ball and halt Martial.

Svilar guessed the right way to save from the Frenchman, but was not so lucky on the stroke of half time.

Nemanja Matic let fly from 30 yards, and the ball rebounded off the post and into the net via the back of the rookie stopper.

Svilar responded with great confidence and maturity as he rushed off his line to block from Romelu Lukaku to prevent United going into the break two up.

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