Champions League - Quarter-finals - 1st Leg
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Man Utd 0-1 Barcelona: Luke Shaw's own goal gives Barca advantage in Champions League

Luis Suarez celebrates
Luis Suarez celebrates after his header is turned in by Luke Shaw

Manchester United must produce another unlikely Champions League comeback to keep their hopes alive after Barcelona left Old Trafford with a slender advantage following the quarter-final first leg.

Barcelona, with superstar Lionel Messi quiet by his standards, were nowhere near their best but secured the win after Luis Suarez's far post header from the Argentine's pass deflected in off Luke Shaw in the 12th minute and was confirmed by the video assistant referee after initially being given offside.

New Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can take heart from his team's great endeavour but opportunities were at a premium, the best being a first-half header from Diogo Dalot that he directed off target. In fact United did not muster a single shot on target.

Barcelona still posed a threat, with David de Gea saving from Philippe Coutinho and Messi - and United must now repeat their last-16 heroics against Paris St-Germain in France when they travel to the Nou Camp chasing a semi-final spot against Liverpool or Porto.

Man Utd all sweat, no threat

Manchester United's players took the applause of Old Trafford - but it was acknowledgment of a plucky effort rather than praise for any serious quality.

United had excellent performers, with youngster Scott McTominay delivering a performance of real maturity, but the bottom line was that they barely laid a glove on Barcelona all night.

And the frustration for the Premier League side will be that this should be regarded as a missed opportunity because Barcelona were light years away from their flowing best here.

This was the first time United have failed to have a shot on target in a Champions League game since March 2005, when they lost away to AC Milan.

Solskjaer and his side are left hoping for the same sort of miracle that saw them overcome a 2-0 home defeat to come through the last 16 against PSG - but lightning does not usually strike twice, Barcelona are a superior side and the Red Devils have won only once in the Nou Camp, when they beat Bayern Munich there in the 1999 Champions League final.

United will summon up those spirits but this is very much odds against once more.

Barcelona grind out crucial win

Barcelona have glittered in the Champions League for years. This was a night for the grind and they got the job done. It was undistinguished, unspectacular, but done all the same.

Suarez got his goal but was only an intermittent threat while Messi occasionally flashed but was often on the margins, not helped by sustaining a facial injury in a first-half challenge by Chris Smalling.

Coutinho showed glimpses of the brilliance that made him such a precious commodity but this was a night when Barcelona played well within themselves.

There was little in the way of celebration from their players at the final whistle as they knew their performance was poor but it was still a giant stride towards the semi-final, and they will be satisfied by how they totally nullified United.

Man of the match - Scott McTominay (Manchester United)

Scott McTominay
Scott McTominay showed a maturity in his play at the heart of the Manchester United midfield

'We are still in this tie' - what they said

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "There were pluses and negatives. We started sloppy and a bit nervous. After their goal we settled and played well.

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"We had very good individual performances in midfield. At times it felt like a proper United team - the crowd were behind us, we got out wide and got crosses in.

"We didn't start great, but it was a great goal and movement from Messi and Suarez but they're fortunate it comes off Luke Shaw. It's a blow but we settled well. We're still in this tie."

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said: "It's a good feeling because it's a decent result. We know it's still tight and there is a second game to come. We know they can react away from home and they did well against PSG. It was a very tough game and what we expected. There were moments where we suffered but we are happy."

Former United and current Barcelona defender Gerard Pique: "After seeing the PSG game, you do not have to trust the result - they came in Paris with a better result and look what happened. Big clubs can do these things, you have to work it out.

"It was special to come here after so many years. We are defensively at the best moment of the season. I feel comfortable because of my age and experience."

United struggle at Old Trafford again - the stats

  • Manchester United have lost three consecutive home Champions League knockout stage games for the first time.
  • This was Barcelona's fourth Champions League victory against Manchester United, with each one coming in a different stadium (Nou Camp, Stadio Olimpico, Wembley and Old Trafford).
  • Manchester United have lost four of their past six Champions League home games, as many as they had in their previous 71 at Old Trafford in the competition (W51 D16 L4).
  • Manchester United failed to have a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since March 2005, in a 1-0 loss at AC Milan.
  • Barcelona have won five of their past seven away games against English opponents in the Champions League (D1 L1), as many as they had in their first 17 such games in the competition (W5 D5 L7).
  • 36% of Manchester United's total home defeats in the Champions League have been against Spanish opponents (5/14).
  • Luke Shaw's own goal was the eighth Manchester United have scored in the Champions League - no side has conceded more in the history of the competition.
  • Luis Suarez has had more shots without finding the net than any other player in the Champions League this season (33).

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 12SmallingBooked at 85mins
  • 23ShawBooked at 19mins
  • 18Young
  • 39McTominay
  • 17Fred
  • 6Pogba
  • 20DalotSubstituted forLingardat 74'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forPereiraat 85'minutes
  • 9LukakuSubstituted forMartialat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Jones
  • 8Mata
  • 11Martial
  • 14Lingard
  • 15Pereira
  • 16Rojo
  • 22Romero

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18Alba
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 17minsSubstituted forAleñáat 90+3'minutes
  • 8ArthurSubstituted forRobertoat 66'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 7CoutinhoSubstituted forVidalat 65'minutesBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 11Dembélé
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Malcom
  • 20Roberto
  • 22Vidal
  • 23Umtiti
  • 26Aleñá
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
74,093

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home0
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 0, Barcelona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, Barcelona 1.

Attempt missed. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Carles Aleñá replaces Sergio Busquets.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nélson Semedo (Barcelona).

Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Andreas Pereira replaces Marcus Rashford.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Booking

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Diogo Dalot.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Fred.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Booking

Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Fred (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Attempt saved. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Arthur.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Arturo Vidal replaces Coutinho.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nélson Semedo with a through ball.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund6411102813
2Atl Madrid641196313
3Club Brugge61326516
4Monaco6015214-121

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona6420145914
2Tottenham6222910-18
3Inter Milan622267-18
4PSV Eindhoven6024613-72

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG6321179811
2Liverpool63039729
3Napoli62317529
4Red Star Belgrade6114517-124

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto6510156916
2Schalke632164211
3Galatasaray611458-34
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105412-83

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich64201551014
2Ajax6330115612
3Benfica6213611-57
4AEK Athens6006213-110

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City64111661013
2Lyon6150121118
3Shakhtar Donetsk6132816-86
4Hoffenheim60331114-33

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid6402125712
2Roma630311839
3Viktoria Plzen6213716-97
4CSKA Moscow621389-17

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus640294512
2Man Utd631274310
3Valencia62226608
4Young Boys6114412-84
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