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Manchester United vs Saint-Étienne Live Score and Commentary

Manchester United
FT
3 - 0
Saint-Étienne
Z. Ibrahimović 15'
Z. Ibrahimović 75'
Z. Ibrahimović (P) 88'
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PEEP! PEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEP! 

FULL TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 3 - 0 SAINT-ETIENNE

A comprehensive win for Mourinho's men... well deserved after that brilliant second half performance and although Saint-Etienne made a fist of it, their old foe Zlatan Ibrahimovic had one of those nights where everything he touched turned to 'goal' (pardon the pun)

This should give United an unassailable lead going into the second leg, but in football, you never quite know. 

It was a pleasure covering this game, thanks for reading!

Anirudh Menon signing out...

Toodle-ooo!
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94' Free kick for United just outside the box - prime territory. Zlatan has graciously allowed Pogba to take it - it looks like. The Frenchman curls it just wide - a foot hither and Ruffier would have seen it inside the net. 
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92' Valencia stops Hamouma from getting the ball free in the box, with an acrobatic block. Malcuit's cross in finds Roux offside and United move forward.
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91' Four minutes added off him - Lingard's pace has made all the difference in the second half and he's keeping St. Etienne pegged back in their own third. 
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89' St. Etienne are still trying - the hard working Vertout pumps one into the box, but Smalling thunders it clear. United's captain-on-the-day has been magnificent in the air tonight. 
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He almost takes the net clean off with a hammer shot into the bottom corner. UFF!!! That's the great Swede's first hattrick for United... and for those keeping count. it's 17 against his favourite opposition.
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88' GOOOOOAL! ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC!!!!
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87' United break quickly with the ball but seeing no opening revert to passing it around. Herrera slips in Rashford - and zlatan is TAKEN DOWN BY THEOPHILE-CATHERINE. PENALTY - clear as day. And the ref gives it. 
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86' Malcuit gets something going for him finally. He sells Rashford a clever dummy and wins a freekick. Vertout takes the free kick but it's thumped clear by Smalling.
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85' Substitution as the excellent Martial is taken off for Ashley Young. 
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84' Saivet's effort bounces off the wall again - legally this time - and he's ushered outside the boundary of the pitch as he tries to makes something off the rebound. 
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83' Saivet has a pop at goal but the wall blocks it. The ref spots Martial blocking it with his hand though and it's a second set-piece. This time from the exact position from where Zlatan scored. 
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82' Eric Bailly brings down Vertout to give St. Etienne a foul about five yards away from the spot from where Zlatan scored.
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81' the ball rolls out to Zlatan who embarrasses Malcuit with a roll of his studs and wins himself enough space in the box to whip in a dangerous ball - but it's well cleared. 
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80' United win two corners in quick succession but can do nothing with it. United are still decamped in the visitors' third though and Pogba plays in Lingard - whose snapshot is well blocked by Perrin
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78' That looks like that for Florentin Pogba - he goes down clutching his caf, making the universal "please get me out of here" substitution sign. He gives one of those manly one-armed hugs to his younger brother - and Galtier takes the chance to make an attacking substitution and get Beric ON
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77' UFF!! Valencia breaks down the right and plays a square ball to Jesse Lingard who tries to Toni Kroos the ball in from range - it curls just wide. 
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Not a bad season the over-the-hill 35-year-old is having, eh?
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It was all Rashford. The young Englishman got the ball and did what he does best... ran straight at, through, and away from three St. Etienne defenders before smacking it at goal. Ruffier saves it, but can only palm it to the feet of Zlatan. The Swede doesn't miss those. 

16 against St. Etienne now.
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75' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALL! ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC!!!
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73' Lingard has up the pressing game of United from Allardyce to Klopp - and he almost forces St. Etienne to lose the ball. They don't though and move forward with purpose. Selnaes plays in Roux with a beautiful through ball and the French striker teases Romero off the line before lifting it just over the bar! UFF! THAT WAS CLOSE!
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72' Another flailing United arm gets punished by a yellow. Paul Pogba gets into the naughty book for his whack on Vertout. Meanwhile, Saivet is taken off for the young Norwegian Selnaes.
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71' Roux has taken up station on the right wing, and beats Blind before delivering a cross... that is comfortably gathered by Romero.
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70' Mata tries to wriggle his way into the box, but he brings down Vertout in the process, and the visitors have the free kick. Mourinho, meanwhile hooks Mata for Rashford. There is some serious pace in the United side now. 
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69' OFF THE BAR!!! PAUL POGBA SLAMS A HEADER OFF DALEY BLIND's TEASING CROSS RIGHT OFF THE CROSS BAR!!!
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68' The dangerous Martial wins a free kick and Blind swings it in....
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67' Martial runs at St. Etienne before cutting in and smacking a ball off Theophile-Catherine. The ball rebounds out to Pogba whose shot is also blocked - this time by Vertout. 
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65' OUCH! Perrin is at the receiving end yet again as Lingard smacks a high boot onto his ankle - it was a 50-50 ball, so no yellow for the Englishman.
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64' Valencia bombs forward and skins Florentin Pogba before lifting the ball into the box... it's too high for Zlatan!!! United come right back and Martial plays in Pogba with a delicious reverse ball, but the latter gets confused and sends a shot/cross into row Z. 
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63' Yellow for Pajot as he goes charging through the back of Herrera. St. Etienne make a substitution as Jorginho makes way for Roux.
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62' Saivet shrugs off Herrera's attentions before playing in Monnet-Paquet but his square ball is easily cut off... then Florentin Pogba loses the ball and Lingard breaks. He holds the ball up and passes it to Paul. The younger Pogba twirls around Vertout in a display of sumptuous skill before curling a ball just wide of the post. That would have been some goal. 
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61' Martial gives the ball away meekly inside his own box, and St. Etienne work the ball out to Malcuit. His deep cross is chested down by Hamouma (his first touch of the half, I think) but under extreme pressure from Tony Valencia, he can do nothing with it. 
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59' Jorginho tries to dance his way into the box, but Paul Pogba is too smart, too strong to let that happen and wins the ball back with an easy nonchalance that masks his commitment to the cause.
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58' Ander Herrera goes into the book for an agricultural hack on Saivet, and he will miss the next match.
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57' United come in waves again - Zlatan holds the ball up exceptionally well before setting up Antonio Valencia, but the Ecuadorian's shot is deflected wide. From the corner, Zlatan has Ruffier on his toes, but it is a goalkick.
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56' Martial is toying with Malcuit here. He goes, he stops, he goes again and leaves Malcuit (and Pajot for good measure in his wake) before laying a ball off to Paul Pogba. His compatriot is not on the same page, though, and Perrin clears. 
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55' Mata and Lingard combine well, but Florentin Pogba - who is up against a very different kind of player this half - does well to win the freekick off the exuberant Englishman. 
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53' UFF! Martial is on fire! He beats Malcuit with a turn of pace that has the right back clutching thin air but his shot at the near post is well saved by Ruffier. United's no. 11 has - as they say on TV - looked very much in the mood tonight. 
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52' Perrin is off the field for treatment, but thankfully for St. Etienne, Malcuit jogs back on after getting his nose set. United move threateningly forward - but Pogba sends an effort sailing into row Z... and soon Perrin jogs back on. 
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50' Smalling jogs the impact off, but Perrin is still lying prone on the field - he looks seriously injured. Hopefully, the medics can sort him out.
Z. Ibrahimović, Penalty
88'
A. Young
A. Martial
85'
79'
R. Berič
F. Pogba
Z. Ibrahimović
75'
72'
O. Selnæs
V. Pajot
P. Pogba
71'
M. Rashford
Mata
70'
J. Lingard
67'
65'
N. Roux
Jorginho
64'
V. Pajot
Ander Herrera
58'
A. Martial
47'
J. Lingard
M. Fellaini
46'
Z. Ibrahimović
15'
Tournament Europa League 2016-17 - 16th Finals
Stadium Old Trafford
Match time Fri, 17 Feb 2017, 01:35 AM
Saint-Étienne (4-2-3-1)
Christophe Galtier (Manager)
20
S. Romero
17
D. Blind
12
C. Smalling
3
E. Bailly
25
A. Valencia
6
P. Pogba
21
Ander Herrera
27
M. Fellaini
11
A. Martial
9
Z. Ibrahimović
8
Mata
16
S. Ruffier
19
F. Pogba
24
L. Perrin
2
K. Théophile Catherine
25
K. Malcuit
5
V. Pajot
14
J. Veretout
22
K. Monnet-Paquet
11
H. Saivet
26
Jorginho
21
R. Hamouma
Saint-Étienne (4-2-3-1)
Christophe Galtier (Manager)
Manchester United Subs
1
David de Gea
5
M. Rojo
14
J. Lingard
18
A. Young
19
M. Rashford
31
B. Schweinsteiger
36
M. Darmian
Saint-Étienne Subs
4
L. Lacroix
9
N. Roux
17
O. Selnæs
18
F. Lemoine
27
R. Berič
30
J. Moulin
31
R. Pierre-Gabriel
63% POSSESSION 37%
21 SHOTS 14
8 SHOTS ON GOAL 0
15 FOULS 16
5 CORNERS 1
3 OFFSIDES 2
4 YELLOW CARDS 1
0 RED CARDS 0
0 SAVES 5
D'oh! No data available
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1 APOEL 6 4 0 2 2 12
2 OlympiakosP 6 2 2 2 1 8
3 BSC Young Boys 6 2 2 2 3 8
4 FK Astana 6 1 2 3 -6 5
1 AS Saint-Étienne 6 3 3 0 3 12
2 RSC Anderlecht 6 3 2 1 8 11
3 Mainz 05 6 2 3 1 -2 9
4 FK Qabala 6 0 0 6 -9 0
1 FK Zenit St. Petersburg 6 5 0 1 9 15
2 Alkmaar Zaanstreek 6 2 2 2 -4 8
3 Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 2 1 3 -2 7
4 Dundalk 6 1 1 4 -3 4
1 Roma 6 3 3 0 9 12
2 AFC Astra 6 2 2 2 -3 8
3 FC Viktoria Plzeň 6 1 3 2 -3 6
4 FK Austria Wien 6 1 2 3 -3 5
1 KRC Genk 6 4 0 2 4 12
2 Athletic Club 6 3 1 2 -1 10
3 SK Rapid Wien 6 1 3 2 -1 6
4 Sassuolo 6 1 2 3 -2 5
1 AFC Ajax 6 4 2 0 5 14
2 Celta de Vigo 6 2 3 1 3 9
3 Royal Standard Liège 6 1 4 1 2 7
4 Panathinaikos 6 0 1 5 -10 1
1 FC Shakhtar Donetsk 6 6 0 0 16 18
2 KAA Gent 6 2 2 2 -4 8
3 Sporting Braga 6 1 3 2 -2 6
4 Atiker Konyaspor 6 0 1 5 -10 1
1 Schalke 04 6 5 0 1 6 15
2 FK Krasnodar 6 2 1 3 0 7
3 FC Salzburg 6 2 1 3 0 7
4 OGC Nice Côte d'Azur 6 2 0 4 -6 6
1 Fiorentina 6 4 1 1 9 13
2 PAOK Thessaloniki 6 3 1 2 1 10
3 Qarabağ Ağdam FK 6 2 1 3 -5 7
4 FC Slovan Liberec 6 1 1 4 -5 4
1 AC Sparta Praha 6 4 0 2 2 12
2 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 6 2 2 2 0 8
3 Southampton 6 2 2 2 2 8
4 Internazionale 6 2 0 4 -4 6
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4 SC Fotbal ClubSB SA 6 1 3 2 -2 6
Updated: Feb 17, 2017 03:30 AM | Published: Feb 17, 2017 00:35 AM