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Man United 1-1 AC Milan: Simon Kjaer’s Last Minute Goal Cancels Amad Diallo’s Opener




Simon Kjaer‘s last-gasp header has on March 11 grabbed a draw for AC Milan and a vital away goal in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United in Europa League last-16 first leg.

Man Utd made four changes from the side that beat Man City 2-0 on Sunday as Bailly, Telles, Matic and Greenwood came in to replace Lindelof, Shaw, Fred and the injured Rashford.

AC Milan were without the injured former Man Utd player, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but there were a few familiar faces among the XI. On loan Man Utd right-back, Diogo Dalot started as well as Fikayo Tomori, signed on loan from Chelsea in the summer.

Manchester United new signee Amad Dialo opened the scoring in the second half. The 18-year-old who was signed from Atalanta for £37m, scored his first goal for Man Utd with his first shot on goal for the club.

Meanwhile, Simon Kjaer grabbed late equaliser with a header to take vital away goal back to Milan for second leg on March 18.

Milan dominated the first half, putting pressure on United’s defence. Milan’s midfielder, Franck Kessie saw his fine volley ruled out by VAR for a handball, while United’s defender Harry Maguire somehow missed a sitter from a yard out just before the break, shinning his effort onto the post.

At half-time, United’s striker Anthony Martial was brought off with an injury, and his replacement Diallo made an instant impact. Bruno Fernandes, who had struggled to get in the game, sent a sumptuous ball over the Milan defence, and Diallo, with his back to goal, 12 yards out, directed an expert backwards header over Gianluigi Donnarumma and into the net.

Diallo celebrating his first goal for United.
Diallo (m) celebrating his first goal for United.

It was Diallo‘s first shot for the club in just his third appearance, all from the bench, and the piece of magic an under-par United were desperately looking for.

United should have added to their lead with another glaring miss, this time from Dan James, as he missed with the goal gaping at the far post from Mason Greenwood‘s delivery.

As expected, Milan piled on the pressure late on, and some last-ditch defending looked to have ensured the Italians didn’t score that vital away goal, with Henderson close to making it six clean sheets in his last six starts for United.

However, after Krunic’s late corner was headed goal-wards by Kjaer, goalkeeper Henderson should have done better, getting a hand to the header but not strong enough to prevent it going past him.

Next for Manchester United in the English premier League is a match against West Ham on Sunday, while AC Milan will also host Napoli will same day.

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