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Man Utd stunned by minnows in Europa League

Man Utd stunned by minnows in Europa League Photo: TT
Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives instructions from the side line during the Europa League Group L soccer match between Astana and Manchester United

An under-strength Manchester United have been stunned by Kazakh champions FC Astana 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday night.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a youthful XI, given the Red Devils had already sealed their progress to the knockout phase in Group L.

Despite that Jesse Lingard put United ahead early with a 10th minute strike.

United youngster Tahith Chong missed from point blank range before the hosts hit back in the second half.

Dimitri Shomko levelled in the 55th minute, before an own goal from Dishon Bernard seven minutes later.

United remain top of Group L with 10 points from five matches, while Astana claimed their first points of the campaign.

AZ Alkmaar drew 2-2 at home with Partizan Belgrade in the other group game.

Elsewhere, Wolverhampton blew a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Portuguese club Braga.

Andre Horta had put the hosts ahead early, before Raul Jimenez headed the equaliser on 13 minutes.

Matt Doherty and Adama Traore scored within two minutes of each other to make it 3-1 for Wolves in the first half.

But Braga responded in the second half, with Paulinho and Fransergio scoring to clinch the draw.

Both sides have now progressed with Braga top of the group on 11 points, one ahead of Wolves. Besiktas beat Slovan Bratislava 2-1 in the other group game.

The pressure mounted on Unai Emery as Arsenal lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in Group F.

The Gunners had led after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half goal but Daichi Kamada netted a second-half double to seal the win in front of a disgruntled Emirates crowd, with plenty of empty seats.

Arsenal remain top of the group as Vitoria drew 1-1 with Standard Liege in the other group game.

Celtic clinched their spot in the knockout stage with a 3-1 win over Stade Rennes, while Rangers drew 2-2 at Feyenoord.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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