Man Utd on brink of Champions League exit, Arsenal and PSV into last 16

Manchester United are facing elimination from the Champions League in the group stage after squandering a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Galatasaray in Istanbul on Wednesday, while Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven se­cured qualification for the last 16. Three-time Euro­pean champions United needed a win in Turkiye, against opponents who beat them at Old Traf­ford last month, in order to keep qualification for the knockout rounds in their hands.


Erik ten Hag’s side appeared in control when Alejandro Garnacho’s early opener was followed by a stunning strike by Bruno Fernandes on 18 minutes.


Hakim Ziyech pulled one back with a free-kick, only for Scott McTominay to restore the visitors’ two-goal advantage early in the second half.


Yet Galatasaray were again given hope when another Ziyech free-kick was fumbled into the net by United goalkeeper An­dre Onana, and the hosts equalized thanks to a bril­liant 71st-minute strike by Kerem Akturkoglu.


United have now con­ceded 14 goals in five Eu­ropean matches and this result, combined with FC Copenhagen’s 0-0 draw away to already-qualified Bayern Munich, leaves the Premier League side bottom of Group A with one game remaining.


In order to go through they must now beat Bay­ern at home next month and hope Copenhagen and Galatasaray draw. — AFP