Man U blank Benfica 2-0
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Manchester United sealed their fourth straight win in the Champions League group stage by beating Benfica 2-0 after another moment to forget for teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar.
Two weeks after carrying the ball over his own goal-line to gift United a 1-0 win in Lisbon, the 18-year-old Svilar endured the misfortune of conceding an own goal in the 45th minute at Old Trafford. Nemanja Matic's long-range shot struck the post, rebounded on to the shoulder of the diving goalkeeper, and deflected back into the net.
They are the only two Champions League games played by the youngest keeper ever to appear in the competition.
Svilar had earlier saved a penalty low down to his right off Anthony Martial, but couldn't keep out a 78th-minute spot kick that was converted by Daley Blind, sealing an unconvincing win for United. Blind only took the penalty after an intervention from the touchline by United manager Jose Mourinho, just when it looked like Romelu Lukaku was about to take it.
Lukaku has now gone six games without a goal, though was defended in the build-up to the match by Mourinho, who called the striker "untouchable" and said United's fans needed to respect him.
United need one point to advance, as Group A winner too, which might earn the team an easier match in the last 16.
Benfica have lost all four of its games and are out of realistic contention for a top-two finish, six points behind both Basel and CSKA.