Fenerbahce – Manchester United – 2:1
Moussa Sow and Jermaine Lance made some smart plays and brought 3 points for the Turkish team in the unpredictable clash against Machester United.
There was forecasted if Fenerbahce won it would place them on the second place of the group at least. But the MU victory would mean the British team breaks off from the third place by 5 points, and guaranteed them a place in the playoff.
However, the Red Devils have some tough times. Manchester United hasn’t won any EPL match since September, and hasn’t scored even once in the last three matches! So Mourinho was the subject of a harsh criticism. Maybe that’s why he finally decided to release Rooney from the first minutes of the match.
Moussa Sow was like a rain on the parade for the guests…
The Frenchman made a small football masterpiece on the second minute. Hasan Ali Kaldirim passed from the left flank to the penalty area to Sow, who calculated everything right, and made an overhead kick. The ball flew under the crossbar. This episode was so good that even the Special One applauded his opponent!
Manchester United players came to their senses and slowly began to push few minutes lately.
The host team was squeezed to its penalty line, it smelled like a goal. Moreover, after Pogba received a painful blow in his hip, Zlatan appeared on the field. However, the Swedish striker didn’t show any extraordinary play within the half time, only his hassle with Kjaer was the exception. Ball possession of the first half: guests – 21%, hosts – 79%. Although, the guests showed nothing special.
Mourinho allowed Juan Mata into the field in the second half of the game, MU rushed forward and met a counterattack. But Ibrahimovic stopped it with his ultimate trick… Jeremain Lens reached the ball and took his advantage perfectly. He kicked tightly to the pole just above the wall, and De Gea was tricked! Mourinho pulled out his last trump card, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, another well-known soccer player, appeared in the field.
The Turks, which were still trying their best in the counterattacks, had to decide the outcome of the game.
Emmanuel Emenike, who was just released in the field, found himself alone in front of the goals two times, unfortunately his attempts were unsuccessful, the first time he shot at the goalkeeper, and then failed to finish a dangerous kick. However, the intrigue lasted until the final whistle literally, however Rooney scored a goal within the normal time still. After receiving a pass he turned to the goal and struck a diagonal kick under the bar. The guests made three corner-kicks within the extra time, and Wayne had a chance to become a hero, but the defender kicked his header away from the gate!