Rashford hat-trick as Man Utd smash Leipzig 5-0 in Champions League


Rashford hat-trick as Man Utd smash Leipzig 5-0 in Champions League

Thursday, October 29, 2020

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Marcus Rashford scored a second-half hat-trick as Manchester United seized control of their Champions League group with a thumping 5-0 win against German league leaders RB Leipzig yesterday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, who have endured a rocky start to their season, now have six points from two games after building on their impressive opening win against Paris Saint-Germain

United took the lead midway through the first half when Marcus Greenwood, 19, received a through ball from Paul Pogba and stroked the ball across Peter Gulacsi and into the far corner.

Substitute Rashford struck three times after coming on in the 63rd minute to remind Solskjaer he is the main man at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial also got in on the act, scoring a penalty on an outstanding night for the three-time European champions, who are now three points clear at the top of Group H.

Greenwood, who last month was sent home in disgrace by England for breaking coronavirus protocols, started up front alongside Martial, with Rashford and Bruno Fernandes surprisingly left on the bench.

Leipzig started brightly, pinning the home side back but United soon settled.

Fred forced an early save before Luke Shaw had a shot blocked by the head of Yussuf Poulsen and Martial burst into the box but failed to find Pogba.

The home side broke the deadlock when Pogba drove forward from midfield and found Greenwood, who had timed his run into the box perfectly and hit his shot with unerring accuracy.

United had a nervous wait as VAR looked at a potential offside but the goal was allowed to stand.

Leipzig came back strongly, pinning United back for long spells of the rest of the first half.

United had an appeal for a penalty soon after the break when the ball hit Ibrahima Konate's arm but a VAR check ruled there was no penalty.

United goalkeeper David de Gea produced a sharp save to keep out a Konate effort at the back post from a tight angle after the ball was flicked on by Poulsen.

The visitors, now with substitutes Marcel Sabitzer and Alexander Sorloth on the pitch, were playing with urgency but United looked dangerous on the break.

Fernandes sent a superb first-time ball through to Rashford, who raced through and slotted past Gulasci.

The linesman had raised his flag for offside but VAR checked the decision, ruling that the forward started his run in his own half and awarded the goal.

Rashford rifled home again four minutes later to make the score 3-0 but unselfishly allowed Martial to take the penalty after the Frenchman was brought down in the box.

But the England man completed his hat-trick in added time to cap a devastating display.

Group E
At Krasnodar, Russia
Krasnodar (RUS) 0 Chelsea (ENG) 4
(Hudson-Odoi 37, Werner 76-pen, Ziyech
79, Pulisic 90)
At Seville, Spain
Sevilla (ESP) 1 (De Jong 55) Rennes (FRA)
Group F
At Bruges, Belgium
Club Brugge (BEL) 1 (Vanaken 42-pen)
Lazio (ITA) 1 (Correa 14)
At Dortmund, Germany
Borussia Dortmund (GER) 2 (Sancho 78-
pen, Haaland 90+1) Zenit Saint Petersburg
(RUS) 0
Group G
At Budapest
Ferencvaros 2 (Nguen 59, Boli 90) Dynamo
Kiev 2 (Tsygankov 28-pen, De Pena 41)
At Turin, Italy
Juventus (ITA) 0 Barcelona (ESP) 2
(Dembele 14, Messi 90-pen)
Group H
At Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Basaksehir (TUR) 0 Paris Saint-
Germain (FRA) 2 (Kean 64, 79)
At Manchester, England
Manchester United (ENG) 5 (Greenwood
21, Rashford 74, 78, 90+2, Martial 87-
pen) RB Leipzig (GER) 0
United's English
striker Marcus Rashford
(left) vies with RB Leipzig's
French defender Dayot
Upamecano during the UEFA
Champions league Group H
match at Old Trafford stadium
in Manchester, north-west
England, yesterday.
(Photo: AFP)

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