Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United reached the Champions League knockout stage for the first time since 2014 by coming from behind to beat CSKA Moscow.

Victory at Old Trafford allowed Jose Mourinho’s side to top Group A ahead of second-placed Basel with 15 points from their six games.

The Russian side had taken the lead with a controversial goal on the stroke of half time as Vitinho’s shot was diverted into the net by Alan Dzagoev, although the forward was standing in an offside position.

Despite conceding, the hosts were on top throughout and could have gone in front within four minutes but Marcus Rashford scuffed a shot against the post following Romelu Lukaku’s through ball.

However, the United forward pair did score in quick succession in the second half to turn the match around.

Striker Lukaku stretched out a leg to poke home his 13th of the season from Paul Pogba’s pass on 64 minutes and Rashford stroked in just two minutes later.

Mixed return for Shaw

United had all-but reached the last-16 of the tournament, needing to avoid a seven-goal defeat in their final game to progress.

Despite knowing they had the luxury of losing and still progressing, United were barely troubled by the visitors and controlled the contest. CSKA could have grabbed an equaliser at 2-1 behind, but Dzagoev’s low strike was kept out by Sergio Romero.

The Argentine goalkeeper played in last season’s Europa League final triumph against Ajax but has had to contend with a supporting role to David de Gea this term, playing just his fourth match of the campaign.

Meanwhile defender Luke Shaw has had even less game time, making two substitute appearances in the EFL Cup. But the Englishman was given his first start of the season and his 50th overall for the club since joining in 2014.

Mourinho had told Shaw to “change his football brain” in April and the former Southampton full-back showcased an impressive performance, looking assured at the back and sharp in possession.

He nearly grabbed his first senior goal but saw his volley at the back post pushed away by Igor Akinfeev’s sprawling save, while he was inches away from picking out Rashford following a clever sprint in behind the CSKA defence.

Shaw completed the full 90 minutes but was culpable for the away side’s opener, failing to track Mario Fernandes’ burst into the box. The right-back picked out Vitinho in the box, whose shot hit Dzagoev and ended up in the net.

Should CSKA’s goal have stood?

It is unclear.

CSKA goal was awarded to Vitinho by Uefa, but the Brazilian’s shot looked like it was going wide before hitting the back of Dzagoev and into the net.

The Russia international should have been flagged offside as he was standing in between United’s last defender Chris Smalling and goalkeeper Romero.

However, in the build-up, Daley Blind had slid off the pitch as he attempted to block Fernandes’ cross.

According to the International Football Association Board law, it states: “a defending player who leaves the field of play without the referee’s permission shall be considered to be on the goal line or touchline for the purposes of offside until the next stoppage in play”.

It seems the officials have interpreted the Dutchman as still being active in play and so the linesman’s flag stayed down.

Duo back to goalscoring ways

Belgian Lukaku’s blistering start in a Red Devils shirt saw him score 11 goals in his opening 10 games but he has hit a rough patch recently and this was heading towards another goalless game when a shot from close range was blocked by Akinfeev.

But Lukaku, whose selfless play often brought other team-mates into the action, netted the equaliser by holding off defender Viktor Vasin and converting just his second goal in his last 13 games.

Englishman Rashford has been on an even longer barren spell, going nine without netting, and was frustrated by the Moscow goalkeeper, having a low shot and thumping drive pushed away.

His persistence paid off with the winning goal, being set free into the area by Juan Mata’s pass, before calmly rolling into the far post.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 20Romero
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 25A ValenciaSubstituted forTuanzebeat 72′minutes
  • 21HerreraSubstituted forMcTominayat 66′minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 6Pogba
  • 23Shaw
  • 8Mata
  • 9R LukakuSubstituted forMartialat 74′minutes
  • 19Rashford

Substitutes

  • 11Martial
  • 14Lingard
  • 18Young
  • 36Darmian
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 39McTominay
  • 40Castro Pereira

CSKA Moscow

  • 35Akinfeev
  • 24BerezutskiBooked at 57mins
  • 4Ignashevich
  • 5Vasin
  • 2Figueira Fernandes
  • 17Golovin
  • 89Kuchaev
  • 14NababkinSubstituted forKhosonovat 90+1′minutes
  • 11VitinhoSubstituted forZhamaletdinovat 82′minutes
  • 63ChalovSubstituted forGordyushenkoat 66′minutes
  • 10Dzagoev

Substitutes

  • 1Pomazun
  • 31Makarov
  • 72Gordyushenko
  • 75Zhamaletdinov
  • 80Khosonov
  • 99Olanare
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamCSKA Moscow
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 2, CSKA Moscow 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 2, CSKA Moscow 1.

Attempt missed. Khetag Khosonov (CSKA Moscow) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Timur Zhamaletdinov with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Vasili Berezutski (CSKA Moscow) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sergei Ignashevich with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, CSKA Moscow. Khetag Khosonov replaces Kirill Nababkin.

Foul by Daley Blind (Manchester United).

Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

Konstantin Kuchaev (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, CSKA Moscow. Timur Zhamaletdinov replaces Vitinho.

Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Astemir Gordyushenko (CSKA Moscow).

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luke Shaw (Manchester United) because of an injury.

Offside, CSKA Moscow. Viktor Vasin tries a through ball, but Kirill Nababkin is caught offside.

Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kirill Nababkin (CSKA Moscow).

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daley Blind.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Astemir Gordyushenko (CSKA Moscow).

Booking

Scott McTominay (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).

Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Axel Tuanzebe replaces Antonio Valencia.

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Konstantin Kuchaev (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).

Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott McTominay.

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Kirill Nababkin (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Ander Herrera.

Substitution

Substitution, CSKA Moscow. Astemir Gordyushenko replaces Fedor Chalov.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 2, CSKA Moscow 1. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 1, CSKA Moscow 1. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Vitinho.

goal

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