November 27, 2018 / 10:09 PM / 18 days ago

Soccer-United qualify after controversial late Fellaini winner

MANCHESTER, England, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini struck a controversial winner in stoppage time to bring blessed relief to Old Trafford after a laboured 1-0 win over Young Boys edged them into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.

United’s struggles at home and their fans’ disenchantment had looked set to continue as it seemed that, for the first time in their history, they were going to be goalless at their own ground in a European tie for three matches in a row.

Yet, after largely dominating the match while being betrayed by a blunt edge up front, Fellaini turned to shoot home in the 91st minute, despite the ball appearing to come off his hand as he swivelled to strike it.

The late win after another sub-par performance at least ensured United qualified from Group H as they moved on to 10 points, two behind leaders Juventus who beat Valencia 1-0 to eliminate the Spaniards who have five. Young Boys are on one. (Reporting by Ian Chadband; editing by Ken Ferris)

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