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Europa: Man United held to draw in Russia; Lyon, Celta Vigo win

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Europa: Man United held to draw in Russia; Lyon, Celta Vigo win

English Premier League side Manchester United were held to a 1-1draw by Russian side ​FC Rostov in their first leg, round of 16 UEFA Europa League fixture on Thursday night.

On a challenging pitch at the Olymp-2 Stadium – which was criticised by United manager Jose Mourinho before the match -​ United grabbed an away goal ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford next week.​
Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the scoring with a left-footed finish, rounding off a nice build-up in the 35th minute after Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the ball across the penalty area; but resilient Rostov equalised about nine minutes after the break through Aleksandr Bukharov as Timofey Kalachev provided the assist.

​In France, Lique 1 giants, Olympique Lyon came from 2-1 down to beat Italian Roma 4-2, as Lyon scored three second-half goals through Corentin Tolisso, Nabil Fekir and Lacazette ahead of next Thursday’s second leg in Rome​.

Elsewhere, ​substitute Claudio Beauvue headed a 90th minute winner for Celta Vigo, who beat Krasnodar 2-1 ahead of the second leg in Russia.

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Gent, who beat Tottenham in the last round, lost 5-2 at home to Belgium rivals Genk​, as ​a mistake from Olympiakos keeper cost his side ​to secure a 1-1 draw against​ Besiktas​.

​Here’s the f​ull results of the 1st leg of the Europa League round of 16:
Apoel Nic​ 0-1 ​Anderlecht

FC Copenhagen 2-1 ​Ajax

FC Rostov 1-1 ​Man Utd

Celta Vigo​ ​2-1 ​FK Krasnodar

​​Schalke 1-1 ​B Gladbach
KAA Gent​ 2​-5 ​KRC Genk

Lyon 4​-2 ​Roma

Olympiakos​ ​1-1​ Besiktas

​The return leg of the ties comes up next Thursday, as winners by aggregate will advance to the quarter-finals of the competition.​

 

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