Romelu Lukaku (right) scores Mancherster United's opening goal against CSKA Moscow.
Romelu Lukaku (right) scores Mancherster United's opening goal against CSKA Moscow. Dave Thompson

Manchester United keep Champions League hopes alive

FOOTBALL: Two goals in less than one minute have sealed Manchester United's place in the Champions League last 16 for the first time since 2013.

United downed CSKA Moscow 2-1 at Old Trafford yesterday to top Group A.

The home side trailed 1-0 after CSKA struck before the break but goals from Romelu Lukaku in the 65th minute and Marcus Rashford in the 66th, turned the tie.

Serie A sides Juventus and Roma and Swiss champions Basel also advanced.

Juventus beat Olympiacos 2-0, Roma downed Qarabag 1-0, Basel won 2-0 at Benfica and Chelsea qualified despite being held 1-1 at home by Atletico Madrid.

Juventus triumphed 2-0 at Olympiacos to progress second behind Group D winners Barcelona, who won 2-0 at home to Sporting.

Roma beat Qarabag 1-0 to top Group C ahead of Chelsea, who were held 1-1 at home by Atletico Madrid and Basel won 2-0 at Benfica to qualify second in Group A.

In Group B, Bayern Munich defeated Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 but failed to find the four-goal winning margin needed to knock the French off top spot.

Celtic secured the Europa League spot in the group despite losing 1-0 at home to Anderlecht.


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