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Manchester United's sweet 16 as Chelsea and Celts hit sour note

Manchester United's sweet 16 as Chelsea and Celts hit sour note”

Benfica, despite a penalty being awarded to the home team, kept pressing and testing United's defence and looked in a great mood.

Since that setback, United have gone 37 matches - nearly the equivalent of a full Premier League season - without tasting defeat in M16. He saved a penalty from Anthony Martial to keep the sides level.

Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain scored a trademark goal to salvage a 1-1 draw for the Serie A side after they had been rattled by lively Sporting Lisbon.

Both teams played a good game in the first-half. The ball bounced off the post, off Svilar and into the Benfica net.

Benfica came back to find an equalizer and get at least something out of this game. However, Benfica's organized defending kept United attackers at bay.

Goncalves threatened again in the 60th minute after a few minutes of good possession and a good couple of minutes in the United half, only to be deflected away by David de Gea's fingertips.

Pogba has missed the last 11 games with a hamstring injury, while Fellaini has not played since suffering a knee ligament strain while playing for Belgium during the last worldwide break.

However, United made victory safe with a second from the penalty spot on 78 minutes, although there was some confusion over who was going to take it. Romelu was happy to do it. Herrera the same but my choice was Blind and it was my decision. He calmly took a shot and successfully dodged the goalkeeper, Mile Svilar.

Manchester United's Eric Bailly has picked Pizzi as Benfica's main threat ahead of Tuesday's Uefa Champions League encounter.

Since Jose Mourinho took over in the Old Trafford hot-seat in the summer of 2016, United have only lost one home game in all competitions. An impressive display this season resulting in earning them the second spot in the Premier League and the first spot in the Champions League so far.



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