A late goal by Basel striker Michael Lang meant Manchester United had to put their Champions League celebrations on hold as they failed to win the point required to ensure their place in the last 16 going down 1-0 in Switzerland!
Despite having what coach Jose Mourinho described as ‘the perfect half’ United could have been 5 or 6 goals up at the break, but failed to turn the dominance into points with both Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo both hitting the woodwork.
The second half wasn’t all United as Basel ensured their chances of progressing to the knock out stages were kept alive, with Renato Steffen and Dimitri Oberlin both going close to opening the scoring for the hosts, before Lang broke the deadlock in the 89th minute.
The result still see’s united as group A leaders, three points above FC Basel and CSKA Moscow, although they have a superior goal difference with a game remaining! Just a point in their final game against Moscow would see them through, while victory would guarantee they go through as group winners.
Chelsea confirmed their place in the final 16, with a 0-4 win over Qarabag in Azerbaijan. The home team started well hitting the bar in the opening exchanges, but went behind in the 20th minute when their skipper Rashad Sadygov brought down Willian in the area. Sadygov was given a straight red and Eddie Hazard opened the scoring from the spot, sending the keeper the wrong way with a text book penalty.
The Premier league champions doubled their lead before the break, with Hazard turning provider, with a cheeky back heel finding Willian to tap the ball in.
After the break, the home team upped their game, however it was only after Willian was again brought down in the area, that gave Cesc Fabregas the chance to make it 3-0 from the spot, before Willian finished of the game with a rocketing effort to make it 4-0 and ensure another English team will be in the hat for the knock out stages.