Champions League: Error From Young ‘Keeper Mile Svilar Hands Man Utd Victory Over Benfica After Dull Clash In Lisbon (Video)

Alan Duffy

19th, October 2017

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Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game as a ponderous Manchester United edged out Benfica in Portugal.

This was a rather limp affair, with the Red Devils struggling to break down a resilient Benfica back-line.

However, the decisive goal would eventually come just after the hour-mark, albeit in rather fortuitous circumstances for the visitors thanks to a handling error from teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar.

Rashford’s swirling 35-yard free-kick didn’t look like troubling Svilar, but the young stopper’s poor positioning saw him forced to catch the ball at full stretch, unfortunately carrying it backwards over his goal-line as a result…

Quite a way for Svilar to mark his Champions League debut, which saw him become the youngest-ever goalkeeper in the competition at 18 years and 52 days, thus beating Iker Casillas’ long-standing record by a matter of days.

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Rashford would eventually be forced off by injury, to be replaced by Anthony Martial. However, United failed to build on their lead.

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Late on, centre-back Luisao picked up a second yellow for Benfica.

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The rather flaccid encounter would end in a 1-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s side, who stay top of Group A after winning each of their three games so far.

After the game, Romelu Lukaku comforted fellow Belgian Svilar with some sportsmanlike words of encouragement.

What a nice chap!

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