Rashford had earned three points for Manchester United in Lisbon

20 October 2017

At the third round of a group stage of the Champions League Manchester United had won away match over Benfica thanks to quite funny goal of Markus Rashford.

Rashford had earned three points for Manchester United in Lisbon

Benfica has failed the start of a group stage of the Champions League. At the first round Rui Vitória’s team at home had lost to CSKA (1:2), and at the second away match it was beaten by Basel (0:5). Portuguese perfectly understood the situation in which they appeared. In order to get into the playoffs "Eagles" had to win over Manchester United at the third round. José Mourinho's team demonstrated very powerful start at the strongest club tournament of the continent, having gained two victories with the total score 7:1. On Estádio da Luz "Red Devils" expected to continue their victorious path.

The starting piece had passed practically without any scoring chances and both teams were quite strong. Manchester United often tried to build the attack by using quick pass from the central area into the attack line but the players of the front line acting on the brink of offside often appeared to be off side. Benfica nevertheless was able to strengthen their efforts. At the fifteenth minute the pass from the partner was closed by Eduardo Salvio but he didn't get to the left corner. Shortly after the corner cross Romelu Lukaku hit the crossbar, however a moment before it the Belgian forward had violated the rules against the goalkeeper.

With time the drawing of the game didn't change. José Mourinho's players continued to get to offsides (in a first half British six times appeared off side), and Rui Vitória 's football players were moving forward but didn’t create any chances. Closer to an end of a first half Manchester United had woken up, and the chances began to arise. At first Romelu Lukaku flew on the left wing and made an ideal pass on Markus Rashford, however Rubén Díaz took a ball and intercepted it. Soon Nemanja Matić kicked from the left border of rival’s penalty area – Mile Svilar saved the team. And then Henrikh Mkhitaryan kicked from middle distance from the right but didn't get the top corner.

After the break nothing has changed. Benfica attracted attention rather by its desire to move forward. But no scoring chances were noted. Nemanja Matić tried change the game at the 59 th minute. The Serbian midfielder was good but couldn't upset the former team – the ball flew by one meter above a crossbar. Soon the author of a masterpiece could become Markus Rashford who made a corner, however the goalkeeper of Benfica was very attentive. It is interesting that Rashford in a minute later kicked from a field corner and again Svilar saved the team.

Markus Rashford didn't give up his attempt and the third attempt was lucky for the young forward. Again from the left wing Rashford made a cross but this time not from a corner kick but from penalty area. The goalkeeper of Benfica didn't cope with this ball. He caught a ball but at the same time he came into the gates. The special system of goal fixing helped the referee to make the faultless decision.

After that Manchester United had an opportunity to do what all teams of José Mourinho are able to do perfectly - to sit on a lead. Insignificant injury of Markus Rashford who scored a goal became the unpleasant moment for British team. Limping, the player left the field, having given the way to Anthony Martial. Benfica tried to change the situation but didn’t manage to improve the attack. At the end "eagles" were left in minority and the second yellow card was received by Luisão.

The score 0:1 was on a score-board till a final whistle. Manchester United didn't show bright football but won a victory. As in the best traditions of José Mourinho.

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