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Manchester United vs Benfica Live Score and Commentary, UEFA Champions League 2017-18 (MUN vs BEN)

Man United 1-0 Benfica (Svilar OG 45', Blind 78')
Updated: 01 November 2017 03:07 IST - Published: 01 November 2017 00:25 IST
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PEEP! PEEP! PEEEEEEEEP!

THAT'S THAT AS MANCHESTER UNITED MAKE IT FOUR OUT OF FOUR IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. THAT'S ALL FROM ME, ANIRUDH MENON.... 

Toodle-ooo
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92' The tireless Douglas does well to hold off Rashford as the Englishman prepared to run at him, but Benfica's attack slowly loses steam
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90' THREE MINUTES TO BE ADDED ON!
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89' Douglas and Blind smash into each other on the half-way line; nasty nasty collision as Douglas' chest bounces off Blind's knee - and Blind's abdomen gets smashed into by the Brazilian's knee... OUCH, as it were
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88' Jonas juggles the ball superbly before flicking it to the far post - where Seferovic's header is too meek to give De Gea any trouble
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87' Salvio skins Blind with absurd ease before sending in a lovely little ball that Darmian manages to bundle out for a corner.  
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86' Mkhitaryan plays in a smashing ball to Rashford, who looks up sees Lukaku steaming in and tees him up - but the big Belgian's shot is blocked well by Ruben Dias
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83' Some brilliant footwork, and hold-up play, from Lukaku precedes a lovely little turn and pass that releases Mkhitaryan into the box but Douglas does superbly to force the ball away for a goalkick
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81' Salvio does ever so well to cover his defenders and stop Rashford countering at pace into space from a Benfica corner. 
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80' Another wild Blind cross ends up across the North Sea - as Pizzi is taken off for Jonas. Oh, and Samaris got himself a yellow for conceding that silly penalty 
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78' GOOOOOOAAAAAAL! BLIIIIIIIIIIIND! HE SMACKS IT STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE GOAL!
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77' WOOF! Rashford races at Samaris and Douglas, cuts inside, does the soft-shoe shuffle and wins a penalty.... which after much confusion Daley Blind will take...
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76' Benfia pass the ball around pleasingly well, but annoyingly for their fans - and coach- there is no end product. United counter at pace... 
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74' Substitution for Benfica as Raul Jimenez is replaced by Haris Seferovic; and Anthony Martial is taken off for birthday boy Marcus Rashford
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73' Some more sublime passing from United at the edge of the box releases McTominay into the box but Ruben Dias does supremely well to throw his body on the line and block it away
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72' McTominay plays a superb early pass to Martial - who checks back inside as he drives at Ruben Dias but the veteran defender does well to block him off
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70' OH LUKAKU. OH LUKAKU. OH LUKAKU. The Belgian races at Eliseu before playing a superb one-two off Mkhitaryan and getting into a one-on-one with Svilar... he's offside but neither striker not goalie know that, and Lukaku once again fails to beat his young compatriot
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69' Yellow for Eduardo Salvio as he pulls back Mkhitaryan in a bid to stop the Armenian as the latter embarked on one of his mazy, pacy, runs through the middle
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67' Juan Mata gets warmly applauded off as he is taken for Ander Herrera as Mourinho tries to win back the midfield from Benfica
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66' Lukaku beasts pasts Eliseu like the latter doesn't exist... and you can't really blame the Portoguese left-back; as my colleague Shambhu just remarked - imagine that huge man-mountain running at you, full pelt, doing step-overs and what not. *shudder*
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65' OH MY WORDS! RAUL JIMENEZ BUNDLES ONTO AN UTTERLY SILLY BAILLY PASS, HOLDS OFF SMALLING AND CURLS A SUBLIME SHOT THAT HAS DE GEA BEATEN ALL ENDS UP - BUT NOT THE WOODWORK AND IT BOUNCES OFF THE FAR POST!
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64' Alex Grimaldo is hooked for Eliseu as Rui Vitoria tries to introduce some change into the Benfica system 
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62' Eric Bailly does supremely well to bully Raul Jimenez off his stride as the Mexican bundles his way into the box and soon enough United recover the ball. 
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61' Mkhitaryan is fed into the box with another of those deft Lukaku flicks but the ball's just got too much oomph on it for the Armenian to meet it before Svilar
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60' ... before WOOF! Goncalves floats past Smalling and zips into the box before smashing a superb shot that takes all of De Gea's skill to keep out. 
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59' Benfica are camped in United's third but are running to a brick wall of red...
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58' Mata drifts onto the left flank and sends a lazy ball floating across the ball (lazy in the best possible way) but Jardel makes sure he gets to it before Lukakku and heads it well clear
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56' Jimenez finds some space on the edge of the box before curling a shot at De Gea, but it lacks the direction and the power to trouble De Gea overly
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55' OH Martial! The Frenchman races into the box and tries another of his soft-shoe shuffles before overrunning the ball after a slight miscalculation
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53' The commentators on Ten Sports are absolute muppets, by the by, one of them has just called a Ruben Dias boot into Lukaku's has just been referred to as a nick on the toes. Unless toes grow in the middle of a person's foot - that is just factually incorrect. 
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52' That Martial touch, though. What a player. What an absolutely infuriating player. Henrikh Mkhitaryan meanwhile misplaces a straight ten-yarder to Darmian - the Armenian has looked as dazed as Lukaku since the Pogba injury. 
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51' A sumptuous Martial backheel releases Darmian into space on the right flank but his cutback is met first by Jardel. Mata pounces on Jardel's poor clearance and thumps a right-footed shot well off target 
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49' It's a street-battle right now and as ever with street-battles neither side is the winner. 
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47' Dias sends in a superb looking ball into the box from near the half-way line but Bailly does ever so well to nip in ahead of Jimenez and thump it forward. 
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46' A loose touch from Lukaku, snigger on ye cynics, allows Benfica to motor forward and Douglas flies forward to win a throw-in
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PEEP! WE ARE OFF AGAIN!

Substitution as the struggling Jesse Lingard is taken off for Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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PEEP! PEEP! HALFTIME!

MANCHESTER UNITED 1 - 0 BENFICA

A rather dour half, lit occasionally by a Benfica passing move or a Tony Martial dribble, comes to an end as Mourinho stalks back into the dressing room - a hairdryer is probably getting charged to max capacity in there
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46' OH LUKAKU! Samaris plays a superb through ball to Lukaku - a miss pass of epic proportions - but the Belgian seems to have utterly lost his scoring touch as he fluffs his lines and sends a shot straight off Svilar's body. 
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OH MY, SVILAR! Nemanja Matic absolutely larrumped one that beat Svilar all ends up before bouncing off the post and into the small of Svilar's back - and back into the net. After the miserable incident of the first leg - you can't but help feel a touch sorry for the kid. 

Some shot that, though, from Matic
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45' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! MATIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIC! Oh, WAIT SVILAR OWN GOAL. POOR SOD!
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43' Martial and Salvio get into a tangle and the Argentine gives away a corner.... which is wasted as Chris Smalling uses Ruben Dias as a Mountain Climbing prop. 
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42' WOOF! Lukaku lays the ball out to Martial and the Frenchman eschews his usual routine of cutting back on to his right and trying to Henry the ball into the corner and smacks a powerful shot to the near post left-footed and it fizzes just over the bar
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41' Martial tries to dance his way through the middle of the park but Pizzi and Fejsa are having none of it - Grimaldo crosses it into the box but it's well managed by the United centre-backs.
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40' Mata and Lukaku combine to tee up Lingard before the Englishman's whack at goal is smothered by a combination of Jardel and Dias and Svilar does well to prevent a corner. 
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38' OH! MARTIAL! The Frenchman beats Douglas and Fejsa out with one shuffle off his hips and a flip-flap of his boots but just runs out of space as Ruben Dias forces him to go on the outside. Just a goal-kick but when Martial gets on his scooter he is one of the most exhilarating sights in modern football
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37' Salvio races at United's defence again, before McTominay steps in his path and cleanly nicks the ball away - before repeating the trick with Grimaldo
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36' Benfica roll the ball along the impeccable Old Trafford turf before the adventurous Douglas meanders forward and whacks one straight at Nemanja Matic. I can tell you Raul Jimenez, for one, was not impressed with the Brazilian right back's choice of action 
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34' Some superb one-touch passing from United in the middle of the park finally gets Old Trafford to raise the volume inside the great arena.... before Mata is played in with a deft Lukaku touch - the ball, though, runs out for a goal kick
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33' OOO LA LA! Hard work from McTominay and Darmian is complimented by a sublime soft-shoe shuffle from Juan Mata as United work their way out of a tight corner
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32' Martial races down the left and sends it a ball into the far post where Lukaku rises high to meet it but it's an awkward cross to connect with and he sends it high above the bar.