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Written by Ciaran Coyle

A late goal by Simon Kjær gives AC Milan a goal to take back to the San Siro as Manchester United have it all to do in the second leg.

The home side took the lead five minutes into the second half when Bruno Fernandes clipped a ball over the top to Amad Diallo, who flicked the ball over the onrushing Gianluigi Donnarumma to score his first goal in United colours.

That goal was cancelled out late on however, when the visitors had a corner from the left-hand side which was whipped to the near-post and poor marking allowed a free header for Kjær which was palmed into the back of the net by Henderson.

The visitors had the ball in the back of the net after only five minutes when Rafael Leão was played through and finished past Dean Henderson at the near post, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

In an action-pact opening ten minutes the away side had the ball in the back of the net again when Franck Kessié’s volleyed effort found the back of the net from the edge of the area. However, it was ruled out for a handball by the goal scorer who looked to have controlled the ball with his arm before striking the ball past Henderson.

Down the other end Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire will be wondering how he didn’t put his side ahead with 38 minutes gone when a Telles corner was flicked on by Bruno Fernandes to the back post, but the England international missed from close range.

The best chances of the second half fell to the visitors who may feel as if they could’ve come away with more than just a draw from this game. However, they will no doubt feel that getting that all-important away goal puts them in a good position to progress through to the quarter finals.   

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Sub-edited by Cameron Winstanley

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