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Man Utd on brink of UCL exit

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Manchester United are on the brink of an early exit from the Champions League after blowing a 2-0 lead to lose 4-3 yesterday to FC Copenhagen as Marcus Rashford was sent-off in the Danish capital.

Rasmus Hojlund looked to have come back to haunt his former club by scoring twice inside half an hour.But Rashford’s sending-off swung the destiny of the match and possibly sealed United’s fate with a third defeat in four games in Group A. Mohamed Elyounoussi and Diogo Goncalves levelled for Copenhagen before half-time.

Bruno Fernandes’ penalty briefly put United back in front, but two goals from Lukas Lerager and 17-year-old Roony Bardghji handed Copenhagen their first Champions League win since 2016.

United sink to the bottom of the group, one point behind Galatasaray and Copenhagen, with two games left to play. The Red Devils travel to Galatasaray in three weeks’ time before hosting runaway group winners Bayern Munich.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, receives a red card by referee Donatas Rumsas during the Champions League match against FC Copenhagen. PHOTO: AP
FC Copenhagen’s Denis Vavro and Manchester United’s Rasmus Hojlund challenge for the ball. PHOTO: AP