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Full-time: Manchester United 2-1 CSKA Moscow

  • Manchester United reach the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time since 2014 as Group A winners thanks to comeback victory at Old Trafford
  • Hosts dominate the first 45 minutes before falling behind in controversial circumstances on the stroke of half-time when Vitinho's shot is deflected in by Alan Dzagoev, who seemed to be standing in an offside position
  • However, Daley Blind was playing Dzagoev onside despite having slid off the pitch
  • Uefa eventually credit the goal to Vitinho
  • Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford then score twice in 66 seconds shortly past the hour mark
  • Lukaku holds off Viktor Vasin to net for only the second time in 13 matches across all competitions, while Rashford drills past Igor Akinfeev to end a run of 539 minutes without a goal
  • Luke Shaw impresses and completes the full 90 minutes on his first start since April
  • Red Devils, who win five of six group games to claim their highest CL points tally since 2008, equal a club record of 40 home matches without a defeat
  • RECAP: Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Marcus Rashford

That is all we have time for, thanks for following along. IBTimes UK will be back tomorrow night to bring you live coverage of eight more Champions League matches including Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City, Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow and Tottenham vs Apoel Nicosia.

Until then, it's goodbye.

Let's take a look at all of tonight's results before signing off. Chelsea's draw means they finish second to Roma in Group C, with Atletico consigned to the Europa League.

PSG and Barcelona have already qualified, with Celtic sealing third place despite their defeat to Anderlecht. Barcelona and Juventus both progress from Group D.


Two goals in 66 seconds from Lukaku and Rashford cancel out that controversial Dzagoev/Vitinho opener and ensure that United head into next Monday's last-16 draw as Group A winners on the back of five wins from their six matches.

It's the first time they have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League since 2014. Next up is the small matter of a Manchester derby on Sunday that is likely to decide if we have a title race at all this season.

Basel's 2-0 win in Benfica means they finish second on 12 points, with CSKA now set for the last 32 of the Europa League. They also have a derby clash with Spartak Moscow coming up this weekend.


Manchester United 2-1 CSKA Moscow

Substitute Khosonov misses the target with what will surely be the final opportunity of the match.

Berezutski sends a header well wide after Blind fouls Dzagoev. Old Trafford now looking half empty with United's position as Group A winners assured.

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

Khosonov does finally come on, but for Nababkin not Zhamaletdinov.

Rashford surges forward with pace and tries to play in Martial on the far side. However, his disappointing pass is easily picked off by Berezutski.

Khetag Khosonov was preparing to enter the fray for CSKA with Zhamaletdinov apparently having sustained a knock just minutes after coming on.

Now it looks like Goncharenko will give him a chance to shake it off.

United frustrating their opponents with some silky touches in midfield. Mata's going to get a shoeing here if he's not careful.

Romero, who has had preciously little to do tonight, harnesses his powers of concentration to deny Dzagoev as CSKA's travelling fans encourage their team to attack.

CSKA search in vain for an equaliser before Goncharenko sends on 20-year-old Timur Zhamaletdinov in place of Vitinho.

Shaw will require treatment after going down in some discomfort, but looks fine to carry on. Pogba also collides with Fernandes.

United have already made all three of their allotted substitutions, of course.

A second goal for Basel - scored by Dimitri Oberlin - means that CSKA will surely now have to settle for a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Celtic trail Anderlecht in Glasgow following an own goal from Jozo Simunovic, while Tolisso has scored again for Bayern Munich against PSG.

Eden Hazard also has Chelsea back on level terms.


McTominay picks up a quick caution after committing a bad challenge on Golovin.

Like Valencia, Lukaku heads straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Martial.

That duo will now be focused on preparing for the weekend visit of City.

Valencia forces another save from Akinfeev and is then replaced by Tuanzebe as Mourinho rings the changes before Sunday's Manchester derby.

A substitution apiece now as young Scott McTominay replaces Herrera and Chalov makes way for Astemir Gordyushenko.

United score twice in 66 seconds to turn this final Group A tie on its head and deal a significant blow to CSKA Moscow's chances of reaching the last 16.

Ignashevich cannot clear and Mata loops a high pass forward for Rashford, who watches the ball all the way before drilling a low left-footed effort into the far corner.

Marcus Rashford

Goal: Manchester United 2-1 CSKA Moscow (Marcus Rashford)

On cue, Pogba provides a perfect cross for Lukaku. The Belgian is having his shirt pulled by Viktor Vasin, but just about stays upright to poke the ball past Akinfeev.

That's his second goal in 13 appearances.

Romelu Lukaku

Goal: Manchester United 1-1 CSKA Moscow (Romelu Lukaku)

No out ball at all for CSKA Moscow just at the moment. A United equaliser looks inevitable.

Kylian Mbappe has reduced the deficit for PSG in Munich, while Saul Niguez has scored to put Atletico in front at Stamford Bridge.

Roma lead Qarabag courtesy of a goal from Diego Perotti and Paco Alcacer's effort sees Barcelona edge ahead Sporting Lisbon.

The CSKA Moscow penalty area is under siege as we approach the hour mark. United are getting plenty of crosses into the box, with Akinfeev providing a very unconvincing punch.

Pogba plays a neat-one two with Lukaku and is unceremoniously flattened by Berezutski, who receives a yellow card.

There are 10 men in the wall and Rashford's vicious drive is deflected over by Vitinho.

Another real chance for United as Shaw plays a nice pass into the left channel for Mata.

The Spaniard whips a cross to the back post, where Smalling nods wide under pressure from Ignashevich.

Uefa are apparently crediting Vitinho with that CSKA Moscow goal, as if the touch off Dzagoev never actually happened...


Looks like the official made the right call....

Rashford and Lukaku are now having a lot of joy against the ageing centre-back partnership of Berezutski and Ignashevich.

United force another corner before Pogba's deep cross goes out of play for a goal kick.

Rashford beats the sluggish Berezutski for pace and unleashes a powerful drive that is parried away by Akinfeev.

At the other end, ironic cheers abound when an offside flag stops Dzagoev in his tracks.

The second half is now off and running at Old Trafford. No changes from either Mourinho or Goncharenko just yet.


Having watched the replay, it appears that Blind - who slid off the pitch trying to defend that Fernandes cross - played Dzagoev onside for CSKA's opener.

Plenty of confusion over the laws of the game across social media. Vitinho's shot looked to be going in regardless.

Daley Blind

It will take six more without reply for them to miss the last 16, but United will still feel massively aggrieved to be heading in at half-time 1-0 down.

They controlled the majority of that first half and created more than enough chances to put themselves in front, but have thus far been unable to beat Akinfeev.

That 39-match unbeaten home streak is suddenly under threat.


Manchester United 0-1 CSKA Moscow

CSKA Moscow take the lead against the run of play in hugely controversial circumstances on the stroke of half-time.

Fernandes' low cross from the right is missed by Chalov and poked towards goal by Vitinho before deflecting in off the back of Dzagoev, who United feel was standing in an offside position.

The flag stays down and the visitors have an unlikely advantage at the break.

Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow

Goal: Manchester United 0-1 CSKA Moscow (Alan Dzagoev)

2-0 to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Corentin Tolisso joins Lewandowski on the scoresheet.

Herrera plays an inviting pass into the right channel and Valencia tumbles in the penalty area after a tangle with Kirill Nababkin.

He wants a penalty, but the referee is unmoved.

Shaw skips the challenge of Fernandes and confidently attempts to round Vitinho, failing in his quest to earn a corner.

He's been United's best player so far as we edge towards the interval.

Ignashevich makes a vital interception to prevent Rashford's low pass from reaching Lukaku. Fernandes tracks the twisting Pogba and concedes another corner on the far side.

No rust evident as far as Shaw is concerned. The 22-year-old makes an excellent sliding challenge to dispossesses Fernandes and Pogba clears the subsequent corner.

Mata concedes possession with a sloppy pass into his own penalty area and CSKA have a couple of quickfire shouts for a penalty turned down as Chalov falls under an arm from Herrera and Shaw slides in hard on Dzagoev.

Play continues before Vitinho curls an effort well over the bar.

Lukaku, who has scored just one goal in his last 12 matches after a prolific start to the season, hesitates on a superb lofted pass from Pogba and a potential chance goes begging as his cross falls safe.

The ball was bouncing awkwardly there, in fairness.

The fleet-footed Golovin stands the ball up towards the back post, where the attentive Shaw deflects behind under pressure from Fernandes.

Dzagoev is bumped over by Herrera and Berezutski pulls away from Smalling before lashing Vitinho's corner over the crossbar with his left foot.

Rashford nonchalantly flicks the ball over the head of Aleksandr Golovin and tries to release Lukaku with a through pass that runs through to Akinfeev.

Vitinho finds a nice pocket of space about 25 yards from goal but fails to test Romero with a woeful shot that sails high into the stands.


Shaw has enjoyed a confident opening to his first United start since April.

The former Southampton left-back races onto a clever pass from Pogba and hits a fizzing low cross that is just too powerful for Rashford.

More attractive build-up play from United. Valencia's right-wing cross is volleyed through the legs of Sergei Ignashevich by Shaw and Akinfeev has to make another sharp save.

Lukaku is then caught on his toes and cannot turn home the rebound from close range. Berezutski did just enough there.

Romelu Lukaku

Elsewhere in Europe, Robert Lewandowski has given Bayern Munich the early lead in their home clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

Juventus are also 1-0 up at Olympiakos thanks to former Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado.

Mata takes a wonderful touch before setting up Rashford, who is denied the opening goal by a smart low stop from Akinfeev.

Mario Fernandes concedes another corner that is cleared by CSKA.

Rashford goes down holding the back of his head after a strong aerial challenge from Berezutski. He looks OK to continue.

Dzagoev shifts the ball onto his left foot in a central area and produces a tame strike that is easily held by Romero.

Basel have taken an early lead in Lisbon through Norwegian forward Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Bad news for CSKA's qualification hopes.

Antonio Valencia wins a corner off Kuchaev and Blind thunders an acrobatic effort into Berezutski.

Impressive technique from the Dutchman.

CSKA try to create an opening as Vitinho's long-range shot is blocked.

Shaw makes two clearances in quick succession after conceding the game's first corner.

Pogba and Lukaku combine to good effect. The latter's dangerous low cross fizzes across the box before Shaw sees a hopeful shot blocked by Vasili Berezutski.


Three minutes on the clock and United should be ahead.

Dangerous once again on the counter, Romelu Lukaku slides in Rashford and the England forward smacks his low shot against the post.

Experienced goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, whose clean sheet against Benfica last month was his first in the Champions League since 2006, breathes a heavy sigh of relief.

Marcus Rashford

United are decked out in their familiar red home strips tonight, while CSKA are sporting their black change kit with silver trim.

The officials give up on waiting for the music after an eerie pause and we are now ready for kick-off.

Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi - who also officiated United's Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid in August - gets proceedings underway at a predictably subdued Old Trafford.

The players line up in awkward silence. It looks like someone has forgot to press play on the Champions League anthem...

Mourinho was also eager to play down any notion that the likes of Shaw must perform tonight in order to get another chance.

The lesser-spotted left-back's only involvement so far this season came with two substitute appearances against Burton and Swansea in the Carabao Cup.

Mourinho confirms during his pre-match television interview that Rojo is simply being rested tonight after being forced to play two matches in four days against Watford and Arsenal due to the respective absences of Jones and Bailly.

The Argentine defender, formerly of CSKA's rivals Spartak, only returned from a seven-month cruciate ligament lay-off in Basel two weeks ago.

United fans will be pleased to hear there is no new setback. Like Ibrahimovic, he needs to be managed carefully.

Marcos Rojo

"Of course Old Trafford is a special stadium, always a big attendance and I have a special feeling playing there," Russian star Alan Dzagoev said of United's formidable home sequence.

"To be honest I didn't know about this record and I hope we will be the first to end it.''

Alan Dzagoev

Goncharenko, whose predecessor Leonid Slutsky was sacked by Hull on Sunday, pinpointed Pogba as the man to watch in United's ranks...

Of course Pogba is a player who is able to do anything on the pitch - it will make things easier for Manchester City and not for us.

Our young players will have something to learn from him playing in the game but at the same time we cannot allow him to play at his best and show everything he is capable of.

Mourinho has insisted that it will be "easy" for United to be focused on tonight's game despite having such an important domestic fixture to come at the weekend.

We are used to it. It's just the next match. We don't think about the next one [after that], it's just about tomorrow.

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho will be eager to cut the gap to Manchester City. Getty Images

As per Uefa's official website, here are all the possible permutations for Group A for this final round of matches. Benfica are already guaranteed to finish bottom...

  • Manchester United would qualify in first place with a point (and can afford to lose by six goals and still go through). If they lose to CSKA and Basel do not win, United and CSKA will go through with first place determined by head-to-head results between the two; United won 4-1 in Russia and would have the superior overall goal difference if they lose 4-1.
  • If CSKA and Basel win, the top two will be decided in a three-way head to head; United would be through in this situation unless they lost by seven goals, and would be top unless they lost by five goals.
  • Basel will go through if they better CSKA's result, or if both teams draw or lose due to their superior head-to-head. If CSKA and Basel win, the top two will be decided in a three-way head to head, and Basel would be through unless CSKA win by a margin of between three and six goals inclusive.
  • CSKA must pick up more points than Basel to ensure second place (if both win, CSKA must win by a margin of three goals to go through in the three-way head-to-head and by a margin of five goals to finish top).

Got it? Good...

Here is the CSKA bench, which appears to contain only six players:

Pomazun, Makarov, Gordyushenko, Zhamaletdinov, Khosonov, Olanare

CSKA show two changes from the side that thrashed struggling Tosno 6-0 at VEB Arena on Friday night.

The banned Wernbloom and Natcho are replaced by Konstantin Kuchaev and Fedor Chalov.

Fedor Chalov

Mourinho makes six changes to the team that started at Arsenal, with Romero, Shaw, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford all drafted in.

Young, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial drop to the bench, while De Gea and Rojo are given the night off. Tuanzebe joins fellow youngster Pereira among the substitutes.

Mkhitaryan again does not even make the squad despite training on Monday. He looks to be firmly back in the manager's doghouse...


Stand by for the full United XI plus subs...

BREAKING: Luke Shaw makes his first start for Manchester United in 219 days.

Luke Shaw
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For those of you not fluent in Russian, that starting lineup reads as follows:

Akinfeev, Fernandes, V. Berezutskiy, Ignashevich, Vasin, Nababkin, Kuchaev, Golovin, Vitinho, Chalov, Dzagoev

Some early team news from the visitors...


CSKA will have to make do without midfielders Pontus Wernbloom and Bibras Natcho at Old Trafford, both of whom are suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

Experienced defender Aleksei Berezutski is currently out injured along with Georgi Schennikov. Georgi Milanov is a doubt.

It is not just United who have a crunch derby on the horizon, with Viktor Goncharenko's team, currently third in the Russian Premier League and unbeaten in six matches across all competitions, due to face Spartak Moscow on Sunday in their last domestic fixture before the three-month winter break.

Spartak, as it happens, are also in north-west England this week for their final Group E meeting with Liverpool at Anfield.

CSKA Moscow

20-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe is reportedly likely to be named in the matchday 18 with Bailly and Jones still unavailable, with one of Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling or Marcos Rojo potentially set to be rested.

Arsene Wenger sprung something of a shock on Saturday when he fielded record signing Alexandre Lacazette against United despite having earlier ruled him out of the match due to the effects of a groin injury.

With that in mind, Mourinho hinted on Thursday that he could produce a selection surprise of his own tonight...

"All the other players that didn't play the last match are still out. I can make a surprise tomorrow and the one that is unavailable, he plays," he said.

Paul Pogba is set to play tonight as United seek to keep their influential midfielder fresh throughout a three-match domestic suspension incurred after the club wisely elected not to appeal against the red card he received for accidentally treading on the back of Hector Bellerin's knee in the 74th minute at Arsenal.

He will miss the high-profile meeting with City in addition to further league matches against West Brom and Bournemouth.

Sergio Romero will also take over goalkeeping duties from David De Gea, with Joel Pereira set to warm the bench as the Spaniard receives a well-earned rest following his heroics in north London.

Phil Jones and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both still sidelined along with Marouane Fellaini, Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick, although did train at Carrington on Monday and will presumably be available for the derby.

Paul Pogba

Nemanja Matic played the full 90 minutes on Saturday despite being considered as a major doubt due to a muscle injury that forced him out of the 4-2 win over Watford last week, but will not feature against CSKA .

Luke Shaw will be in the squad, though Mourinho was unsure yesterday if he would make his first start of the season in place of Ashley Young.

"I am going to make a few, but not too many changes," he said during his pre-match press conference. "We didn't qualify yet, we didn't finish first in the group yet, there are other clubs also involved in qualification and I need to keep a certain balance in the team.

"But when we speak about Luke Shaw, he's working to have an opportunity and sooner or later that opportunity will arrive because he deserves that opportunity. He is selected for tomorrow for sure... to start or be on the bench, I cannot answer."

Good evening and a very warm welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of matchday six of the 2017-18 Champions League.

Sport editor Nick Howson is at Stamford Bridge this evening for the heavyweight clash between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, although here our focus falls on Old Trafford where Manchester United are set to entertain CSKA Moscow in a 19.45 GMT kick-off.

The hosts are all but through to the last 16 despite their last-gasp loss in Basel a fortnight ago and need just a point to seal top billing in Group A. Only an unthinkable seven-goal defeat would see them eliminated from the competition, meanwhile.

Old Trafford

CSKA were thrashed 4-1 by tonight's opponents on home turf in September, although remain in contention for their first knockout berth since 2011-12. The 13-time Russian champions must better Basel's result against pointless Benfica in Lisbon and are guaranteed at least third place and a spot in the last 32 of the Europa League.

More on those rather complicated permutations in a moment. Also stay tuned for all the latest team news as United, on a high following their slightly fortuitous win over Arsenal and with one eye firmly fixed on Sunday's pivotal derby clash with Manchester City, look to equal a club record of 40 successive home games without defeat.

The Red Devils have lost only two of their last 48 group stage matches at the Theatre of Dreams...