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Astana v Manchester United Live Commentary, 28/11/2019

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2 - 1
AST
MUN
D. Shomko (55)
D. Bernard (62 og)
J. Lingard (10)
Astana Arena

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
That doesn't change anything in the Group L as it stands as United had already qualified, but they need to avoid defeat to AZ in their final group game if they want to go through as the group winners. Astana were already out of the competition, but they are finally off the mark with their first points in the tournament this season.
Astana come from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1. The away side took a 1-0 lead into half-time after Lingard found the bottom-right corner with a low, drilled effort from the edge of the box. It took just 10 minutes of the second half for Astana to equalise when Shomko got the better of Bernard to find the far-right corner with his shot. Chong then fired over an empty goal from close range just seconds before Bernard scored an own goal at the other end when he deflected Rukavina's cross over Grant.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: ASTANA 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED.
90' + 3' Astana have everyone back in their own box now as United push forward in an attempt to get a very late equaliser. Lingard is trying to dribble his way into the area, but there's no space for him and the home side win the ball back.
R. Janga
R. Murtazayev
Astana
90' + 1' Grygorchuk is trying to run down the clock now as he makes a substitution at the start of stoppage time. It's Murtazayev that makes way for Janga.
E. Galbraith
A. Gomes
Manchester United
89' Final change for United now and it's Galbraith that's handed his debut this time as he replaces Gomes.
J. Lingard
Yellow Card
Manchester United
88' Lingard catches catches Rotariu with a bad challenge and is shown a yellow card by the referee.
87' Pertsukh wins the ball back from Lingard and sets Astana off on the counter-attack. Rotariu runs it into the right side of the box but Bernard is with him the whole way and does really well to win it back.
Y. Pertsukh
S. Khizhnichenko
Astana
85' First change for Astana now and it's Pertsukh that's coming onto the pitch to replace Khizhnichenko.
L. Ramazani
J. Garner
Manchester United
84' Another substitution for United and another debut as well. Garner is the player making way as Ramazani comes on in his place.
D. Shomko
Yellow Card
Astana
83' Shomko catches Greenwood with a late challenge from behind and is shown a yellow card.
A. Beisebekov
Yellow Card
Astana
81' Beysebekov has his name taken by the referee after he tugs back Lingard.
80' Gomes wrongfoots two defenders as he cuts inside from the left again and he tries to float a cross into Greenwood at the far post. Eric is scrambling to get back onto his line, but the cross was overhit and it goes straight out of play.
78' ANOTHER GREAT SAVE! Gomes cuts back and curls his cross into the box and picks out Greenwood in the middle. The striker has to quickly adjust to hit the shot first time and Eric makes a diving save to keep the shot out.
77' WONDERFUL SAVE! United have a free-kick just outside the box and Gomes is stepping up to take it. He curls his effort over the wall and it's heading into the top corner, but Eric gets across his line to push it away with his hand.
75' United just can't keep up with the pace of Astana's attacks and Murtazayev drifts into the left side of the box and decides to have a shot. He's beaten Grant with the effort, but he can't find the inside of the post.
73' GREAT CHANCE! It's a wonderful counter-attack from Astana that starts with a long ball across the field from Shomko to Beysebekov. He finds Khizhnichenko who then touches it onto Sigurjonsson, but his drilled effort is just wide of the post.
71' United have scored three own goals in their last 10 matches across all European competitions, this after having not scored one in 61 such games beforehand.
Y. Logvinenko
Yellow Card
Astana
69' Logvinenko picks up a yellow card now after he catches Lingard with a late challenge.
67' Laird does brilliantly to keep hold of the ball as he makes a darting run down the right side and squares it into the six-yard box. Shomko gets across to block it and puts it out for a corner. He's lucky though as that almost went into the back of his own net.
D. Bughail-Mellor
T. Chong
Manchester United
65' Solskjaer makes his first change of the game and he's giving a debut to Bughail-Mellor. Chong is the player coming off.
64' Astana win the ball back quickly from the restart once again and are causing United's backline so many problems. Khizhnichenko pulls out to the right wing and holds off Shaw well to get his cross into the box, but can't pick out a team-mate.
D. Bernard
Own Goal
Manchester United
62' ASTANA LEAD! Rukavina switched out to the right to get onto the ball and he drills his cross into the box. Bernard gets across to try and block it, but it takes a huge deflection off the defender to sail over Grant and into the back of the net. 2-1 Astana!
61' United's passing has started to get sloppy in the last few minutes as they try to move the ball upfield quickly in an attempt to get their lead back. Garner fizzes a pass into Greenwood, but the striker just can't control it and they lose possession again.
D. Levitt
Yellow Card
Manchester United
59' Levitt picks up a booking after catching Beysebekov with a late challenge as he tried to win the ball back.
57' Astana are really going for it now as they push upfield yet again. Sigurjonsson plays a throughball forward with his first touch but Murtazayev is caught offside.
R. Murtazayev
Assist
Astana
55' Murtazayev does well to get past Laird and make enough space for himself to play the pass to Shomko.
D. Shomko
Goal
Astana
55' THEY'RE LEVEL! Astana go straight down the other end and Murtazayev slots the ball through to Shomko on the left of the box. Bernard can't close him down quickly enough and he fires it into the far bottom corner to level the score. 1-1!
54' WHAT A MISS! Shaw does brilliantly to get past Rukavina and squares the ball across the six-yard box just as the keeper comes out to him. Lingard misses it but Chong is unmarked at the far post. He takes it first time, but fires his shot over the top of the empty net.
54' GREAT CHANCE! It's another free-kick from Astana that's whipped into the box by Rotariu. He picks out Maevski and his initial shot is blocked, but he gets another chance. He drills his shot towards the bottom corner, but it's just wide.
52' It's a good spell of possession for United at the moment and Garner plays a good throughball to Lingard who turns to run at goal. A heavy touch takes it away from him before he can pick out Greenwood though and Logvinenko comes away with it.
50' There's a handball from Greenwood on the right wing and Astana have a free-kick. Rotariu floats the ball into the box and Postnikov is there to get on the end of it, but his header is straight at Grant.
48' Astana have been on the front foot since the start of the second half and Beysebekov squares a great cross into the six-yard box. Bernard is in the middle to meet it but slices at his clearance and gets lucky as it sails over the crossbar.
46' Astana get us back underway for the second half!
Solskjaer will be pleased with how his side performed at the start and will be hoping that his side can come out for the second half and play the same way as they caused Astana a lot of problems in the first 20 minutes. As for Grygorchuk, his team are playing for pride now and they've created some good chances to pull themselves level. They just need to be more clinical in front of goal after the break.
Manchester United are ahead at the break with a 1-0 lead over Astana. The young side made a bright start to the game, but it was one of the senior players that opened the scoring when Lingard drilled his low shot into the bottom right corner. Astana grew into the game though and had a brilliant chance to equalise, but Rotariu fired wide of the post from close range.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: ASTANA 0-1 MANCHESTER UNITED.
45' United can't clear their lines after Rukavina's cross comes into the middle and Murtazayev chests it down before taking the shot on the volley. He leans back as he takes it and his effort flies high into the stands.
43' Gomes goes down just inside the box after dribbling past Rukavina and he's asking the referee for a penalty. It's a half-hearted shout though and it's waved away.
41' Rukavina does well to keep hold of the ball as he makes a darting run down the right and puts a cross into the box. Shaw had lost him initially, but the left-back recovers well to block it.
R. Sigurjónsson
Yellow Card
Astana
39' Sigurjonsson picks up the first yellow card of the game after sliding in late and catching Lingard on the ankle.
37' United just can't keep hold of the ball at the moment as Astana continue to push bodies forward in search of an equaliser. It's a good spell of possession from the home side, but a loose touch from Murtazayev puts the ball out of play.
35' It's a great cross over the top from Rukavina out to Beysebekov on the left of the box and he takes the shot first time as it bounces up in front of him. It's straight at Grant though and it's an easy save for the keeper.
33' Lingard decides to have a go from a long way out and it takes a huge deflection off Postnikov on its way through. The ball loops high up into the air, and luckily for Astana, lands on the roof of the net.
31' United are just slowing down the pace of their attacks when they do go forward and Astana are making it hard for them to get into the final third. Greenwood takes too long to get a pass away and Logvinenko is able to win it back for his side.
29' Rotariu is given a lot of space down the left and he cuts inside before having a shot from long range. He's going for the far corner, but there's not enough curl on the effort as it finishes well wide of the target.
27' Sigurjonsson does well to pick out Logvinenko on the edge of the box as he's under pressure and the defender decides to have a shot on goal. He leans back as he takes it though and it flies over the crossbar.
26' Astana are putting a bit more pressure on United in the final third now as the ball is squeezed through to Beysebekov on the left. He whips a great cross into the six-yard box, but there's no one in the middle to get on the end of it.
24' Lingard has scored just his second goal in 2019 for United, and his first in 29 appearances in all competitions since netting against Arsenal in the FA Cup in January, 307 days ago.
22' GREAT CHANCE! Beysebekov cuts inside and plays a low cross towards the far post where Rotariu is running onto it. Barnard doesn't spot his run but the midfielder sends his effort just wide of the target.
21' GOOD CHANCE! Lingard has another shot on goal, this time looking for the same corner as his goal. Eric is beaten, but the captain just drags his shot wide of the woodwork.
20' Laird once again picks up the ball in a good position, this time on the edge of the box, and he just squares it to Lingard. He takes a touch to set himself but fires his effort over the crossbar.
18' Laird is causing a lot of problems down the right as he pushes high up the field. A deflection knocks the ball into his path and he takes it to the byline before putting his cross into the middle, but it's cut out by Shomko.
16' Tuanzebe plays a throughball into the final third and Lingard is happy to let it run as he has Greenwood waiting behind him. The striker is caught out by the pass though and Postnikov is able to intercept it.
14' It's Astana's first real chance of the game from a free-kick after Laird fouled Beysebekov. The floated ball into the box from Maevski is straight into the gloves of Grant though.
12' United have the ball back again and they're moving the ball upfield with a lot of pace as they look to catch Astana out again. Lingard is at the heart of everything in the middle, but this time, he can't pick out Gomes on the left.
J. Lingard
Goal
Manchester United
10' UNITED LEAD! Lingard takes quite a heavy first touch but he isn't closed down by Astana's defenders and he drills his low show through the crowd of players into the box and into the bottom corner with the help of a slight deflection. 1-0 United!
L. Shaw
Assist
Manchester United
10' Shaw cut inside from the left and spots Lingard in space on the edge of the box when he lays the ball off to him to set up the goal.
9' Astana just can't get a touch on the ball as they're being pegged back in their own half by United. Each time they do win back possession, they just can't keep hold of it for long enough.
7' Greenwood touches it onto Gomes who dribbles his way past two defenders. He just takes one too many touches though which allows Logvinenko to get across and get it away from him before he can have a shot.
5' GOOD CHANCE! It's a good throughball to Greenwood on the left side of the box from Lingard and he gets past his defender before firing his shot on target, but it's a comfortable save for Eric to make as he palms it away.
4' United are passing it around confidently in Astana's half at the minute, but without doing too much with it. It's switched out to Gomes in the left, but he has to cut back inside as there's no way into the box for him.
2' Rotariu spots Murtazayev's run ahead of him down the left and plays a good throughball to him. The forward has a good first touch, but Tuanzebe gets across to make a challenge and put the ball out for a corner.
1' Greenwood gets the game underway for United!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.
United are yet to concede in the Europa League this season - no side has ever kept a clean sheet in each of their opening five group games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes 11 changes from the side that drew with Sheffield United on Sunday as he names a young starting line-up. Laird, Bernard and Levitt make their debuts while Grant gets his first start for the club.
Roman Grygorchuk makes six changes to his side after their loss last time out with Rukavina, Postnikov, Rotariu, Shomko and Murtazayev all retaining their places. Muzhikov, Janga, Mokin, Pertsukh and Zhalmukan all drop to the bench.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Largie Ramazani, Arnau Puigmal Martinez, Ethan Galbraith, Matej Kovar, Max Taylor, D'Mani Bughail-Mellor, Teden Mengi.
MANCHESTER UNITED STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Lee Grant; Ethan Laird, Axel Tuanzebe, Di'Shon Bernard, Luke Shaw; James Garner, Dylan Levitt; Tahith Chong, Jesse Lingard, Angel Gomes; Mason Greenwood.
ASTANA SUBS: Madi Zhakipbayev, Vladislav Prokopenko, Rangelo Janga, Yuriy Pertsukh, Alexandr Mokin, Didar Zhalmukan, Serikzhan Muzhikov.
ASTANA STARTING XI (4-4-2): Nenad Eric; Antonio Rukavina, Evgeny Postnikov, Yuri Logvinenko, Dmitriy Shomko; Abzal Beysebekov, Ivan Maevski, Runar Mar Sigurjonsson, Dorin Rotariu; Sergei Khizhnichenko, Roman Murtazayev.
United qualified for the knockout rounds of the competition last time out after going unbeaten in their first four games (W3 D1). They're now looking to secure the top spot in the group and if they win today and AZ draw or lose, they can do it with a game to spare. As for Astana, they haven't won any of their matches in the Europa League this season and have only managed to find the back of the net once in those four outings.
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