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Onana woe as Galatasaray fight back to deny Man United

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Champions League - Group A - Galatasaray v Manchester United - RAMS Park, Istanbul, Turkey - November 29, 2023 Galatasaray's Mauro Icardi celebrates after Hakim Ziyech scores their second goal REUTERS/Murad Sezer Acquire Licensing Rights

Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana made two bad errors as hosts Galatasaray twice fought back from two goals down to earn a thrilling 3-3 draw on Wednesday and leave the English side’s hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 in serious doubt.

Alejandro Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay scored for United in a breathless game, but Erik ten Hag’s team remained bottom of Group A on four points from five matches.

The three-times European champions’ hopes of advancing depend on the late game between Bayern Munich (12 points) and Copenhagen (four points) ahead of their final match against the German group winners on Dec. 12. A Copenhagen victory would eliminate United.

The visitors roared into an early 2-0 lead through Garnacho, fresh from his spectacular overhead strike at Everton, and a stunning shot by Fernandes before Hakim Ziyech pulled one back from a free kick following an error by Onana.

McTominay put United 3-1 up soon after halftime but their cushion was short-lived as Ziyech slotted home another free kick under the arm of Onana and Muhammed Kerem Akturkoglu equalised for Galatasaray in the 71st minute.

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Galatasaray welcomed United to RAMS Park by spelling out “Welcome to Hell” at one end of the stadium and it definitely was for Onana.

The game for United was a virtual repeat of their Champions League group clash with Copenhagen in which they gave away a commanding lead. The end-to-end match saw 17 shots for United and 16 for Galatasaray, many in the dying minutes as both sides pushed for victory.

Fernandes had a chance to become the hero, but his 85th-minute effort struck the post.

 

-Reuters

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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