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PSG stun Man United 2-0 in Champions League

IANS  |  Manchester 

Undefeated in their last 11 matches, Manchester United were seen as the favourites against injury-depleted Saint-Germain in the first leg of knockout stage tie, but the visitors prevailed 2-0.

PSG can also look forward to the March 6 second leg in knowing that will not be in the lineup for United, as the French international was sent off in the dying seconds after picking up a second yellow card, reports news.

The French squad faced Tuesday's contest at here without top strikers and Edinson Cavani, while United has been firing on all cylinders since Ole replaced as

The start of play was preceded by a minute of applause for Argentine Emiliano Sala, killed in a plane crash days after a transfer to club

Though each side threatened early, with Marcus Rashford's forcing a save from Gianluigi Buffon, the first half was dominated by physical battle and referee handed out five yellow cards inside the first 34 minutes.

The most dramatic incident came shortly before the break, when United's shoved as he was running out of bounds, sending the Argentine crashing into a railing.

With Young already on a yellow card, Orsato chose to let it go, only for the gods to exact their revenge as the first half drew to a close in the form of to and Jesse Lingard, two-thirds of the United forward line.

Lingard left just before the whistle, replaced by Martial made way for at the start of the second half.

The French side were bolder after the break and United keeper had to turn aside a header by Kylian Mbappe, who had been practically invisible in the first half.

It was on the ensuing corner that PSG broke the deadlock, as defender chipped in from the far post in the 53rd minute for his first professional goal in 96 matches.

The 2-0 came seven minutes later on the counter.

The play started with a long ball from Marquinhos to Di Maria, who stormed into the area and delivered a cross to the onrushing Mbappe to seal the first leg, if not the tie.

Solskjaer - officially the - has been hailed by the United faithful as a saviour after guiding the squad to 10 victories and a draw in his time at the helm, enough to vault the Red Devils into the top four.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 13:56 IST
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