Full-time: FC Rostov 1-1 Manchester United

  • Europa League last-16 tie level at one apiece after low-key draw on an abysmal pitch at the Olimp-2 Stadium in Russia
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan, making his first appearance since recovering from a hamstring injury, nets away goal from close range after good work from Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Aleksandr Bukharov equalises eight minutes after the interval by expertly dispatching a fine long pass from Timofei Kalachev
  • Kalachev and Rostov captain Alexandru Gatcan suspended for next week's second leg at Old Trafford
  • Rostov, who lose defender Vladimir Granat to a shoulder injury early on, have still suffered only one home defeat all season
  • United have not lost any of their last five away matches against Russian opposition
  • All the pre-match build-up surrounded the state of the playing surface, which an irate Jose Mourinho labelled as "a field"
  • Uefa confirmed the match would go ahead as planned after conducting an inspection on Wednesday
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho slams FC Rostov pitch ahead of Europa League clash Reuters

That is all we have time for tonight, thanks for following along. Stay tuned to IBTimes UK for the latest post-match reaction from Mourinho.

Goodbye for now.


So a fine second-half effort from Bukharov cancels out Mkhitaryan's opener and leaves the tie level heading into next Thursday's second leg at Old Trafford.

Mourinho will not be pleased with his team's defending for the equaliser, but an away goal and no obvious injuries - despite playing on such a bad surface - still constitutes a relatively satisfying evening's work. His players also adapted fairly well to a new shape.

Next up for United is the small matter of that FA Cup quarter-final trip to Chelsea on Monday night. Rostov host Terek Grozny in the Russian Premier League on Sunday.



Rostov 1-1 Manchester United


Almost a chance for United to snatch victory at the death. Martial is unable to make contact with the ball after a mistimed header from Fellaini.


Two changes from Mourinho in stoppage time. Blind and Herrera are replaced by Valencia and Carrick.


The ball is delivered to the back post, where Gatcan is whistled for a foul on Jones.

Three minutes of added time have been signalled by the fourth official.


Fellaini rises highest to head clear a late Rostov corner. The hosts win a free-kick after Pogba fouls Gatcan.

Could they grab a second goal at the death here?


Gatcan lofts a well-struck half-volley straight at Romero after Rostov look to create havoc with a dangerous long ball forward.


Rojo again denies Azmoun with a vital last-ditch challenge.


A crucial foot from Rojo stops Azmoun from wriggling free inside the United penalty area.

More good play from Kalachev. How he will be ruing that earlier yellow card.


Ibrahimovic collides awkwardly with Mevlja and stays grounded in pain. The pitch certainly did him no favours there.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Ibrahimovic appeals in vain for a penalty after Blind's free-kick is missed by Rojo and cannons quickly into the arm of an unsuspecting Miha Mevlja.

Herrera is then cautioned for a late foul on Poloz.


Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure on the sideline tonight and he now engages in a bit of verbals with Kalachev.


Kalachev drives a wild shot high and wide. Both goalscorers are now off the pitch, with Bukharov making way for the highly-regarded Azmoun.


Wing-back Kalachev, one of Rostov's best performers tonight, is shown a yellow card and will join skipper Gatcan in sitting out the second leg. Two big misses for Daniliants.


After 67 minutes, Mourinho looks to his bench for the first time. Martial jogs on in place of goalscorer Mkhitaryan.


Fellaini heads weakly into the arms of Medvedev after a wicked corner from Blind.

At the other end, a short free-kick is headed on to centre-back Navas, who cannot find a good finish.


Poloz finds Erokhin, who sends shot wide after an unfortunate bobble.


A fine tackle from Smalling dispossesses Aleksandr Erokhin and wins United a goal kick.

He had to get that right, otherwise it would have been a penalty.


That Rostov equaliser has injected some much-needed tempo into the game.

Noboa nips in ahead of Herrera and somehow collects a yellow card. That looked a bizarre decision from the referee.

Handball, perhaps?


Mourinho will be livid with how much time and space Kalachev had to pick out that pass.

United caught sleeping in midfield.


Out of nowhere, the hosts draw level.

Bukharov runs off the back of Smalling and takes Kalachev's brilliant long pass on his chest before steering past Romero in one fluid movement. Great finish.

Suddenly this tie just got a whole lot more interesting.

Aleksandr Bukharov


Goal: Rostov 1-1 Manchester United (Aleksandr Bukharov)


Young slices an effort wide after a low pass across the six-yard box from birthday boy Blind is dummied by Ibrahimovic.

With the ball out of play, Navas goes to ground after a collision with Pogba.