Champions League - Group H
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Istanbul Basaksehir 2-1 Man Utd: Demba Ba, Edin Visca, Anthony Martial score

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Demba Ba
Demba Ba scored his fourth career goal against Manchester United

Manchester United suffered a chastening night after conceding an embarrassing opening goal as they were humbled by Champions League rookies Istanbul Basaksehir.

Basaksehir, formed only in 1990, claimed their maiden Turkish Super Lig title last season and had not scored a goal or claimed a point in their opening two games in the competition.

They could not have wished for an easier way to get off the mark as United's defence went missing, allowing former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba to run clear from the halfway line and fire past Dean Henderson.

United's defensive efforts for the second goal were almost as bad, Deniz Turuc dispossessing Juan Mata and finding Edin Visca in acres of space in the box to smash home.

The visitors were given hope when Anthony Martial headed in from a Luke Shaw cross two minutes before the interval, but they could not salvage a result in a shabby second half showing, Basaksehir picking up a famous victory.

Slow and ponderous United punished

United's 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham last month looked to be the low point in their season, picking up three victories and a draw after that result.

But they were desperately poor in the defeat by Arsenal on Sunday and this was another feeble showing which piles the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Like much of the Norwegian's reign, United seem to build momentum and then throw in dreadful performances, with the inevitable questions likely to come about his suitability for the job.

United finished third last season and the need of a new centre-back was clearly obvious but they failed to make the addition in the transfer window, the fragility once again exploited in Istanbul.

On an uncomfortable night, Ba's goal was humiliating and Visca's effort to double the lead proved to be enough as the hosts held on.

Goalkeeper Henderson has been restricted to Carabao Cup appearances but despite not being at fault for either goal, his first major game for United was a forgetful one.

The visitors should have netted more but Danijel Aleksic's header was straight at Henderson, while Visca flashed a shot narrowly over.

Although Martial pulled a goal back and Bruno Fernandes saw a free-kick comfortably saved by Mert Gunok, United never really looked like scoring, and even the introduction of Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani on the hour-mark could not inspire an equaliser.

All evening their passing was often slow and ponderous against a side happy to sit back and soak up the pressure.

United won their opening two group games in impressive fashion against Paris St-Germain and RB Leipzig, but now have work to do to reach the knockout stages after their third straight loss in the Turkish city.

First goal like 'under-10s football'

Basaksehir's first goal deserved a section of its own, as it was utterly astounding.

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes described it as "under-10s football", while ex-United man Owen Hargreaves said he had "never seen a goal like it".

United had a corner which they played short and took their time getting into the box, the ball eventually dropped loose and allowed Visca to look up and punt a long pass upfield.

With United's defence deserting their duties, 35-year-old Ba had a one-on-one with Henderson from the halfway line, before coolly rolling in Basaksehir's first ever goal in the competition.

United fans have sang about Ba in the terraces since 2014, when he burst through at Anfield to score the goal from Steven Gerrard's infamous slip, but he returned to punish them on this occasion.

In fact, looking at the image below, you can see just how far Ba ran from to score, and the mess that United had got themselves in.

Scholes added: "It is comical, it is laughable what happened. They had no-one within 20 yards of their centre-forward Ba."

All in all, another miserable result for United.

Demba Ba
Man Utd had no player anywhere close to their half of the pitch, allowing Ba a clear run at Henderson

What next?

After suffering back-to-back defeats United now have what looks like a must-win game against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday (kick-off 12:30 GMT), just before the international break.

Elder statesman Ba - the stats

  • This result ended Manchester United's longest away winning run in all competitions in their history (10 straight wins), and was their first away defeat in 19 matches since losing in January at Liverpool in the Premier League.
  • Including qualifiers, this was only Istanbul Basaksehir's second win in nine Champions League matches (D2 L5), also beating Club Bruges in qualifying for the 2017-18 competition.
  • Manchester United have lost four of their last six away matches at Turkish opposition in all competitions (W2), including each of their last three.
  • Istanbul Basaksehir striker Demba Ba (35 years, 163 days) became the second-oldest African player to score a UEFA Champions League goal, behind only Didier Drogba, who was 36 years and 259 days old when he scored his final goal in the competition in November 2014.
  • Among Premier League clubs, Basaksehir's Ba only has more goals in all competitions against West Brom (6) and Tottenham (5) than Man Utd (4); today was his first goal against the Red Devils since April 2013 for Chelsea.
  • Basaksehir's Edin Visca was the first player to both score and assist in a single Champions League game against Manchester United since Arjen Robben for Bayern Munich in April 2014, and the first to score and assist for a Turkish side in a match in the competition since Didier Drogba for Galatasaray against Juventus in October 2013.
  • With this match his 32nd Champions League appearance, Man Utd's Anthony Martial has scored in back-to-back games in the competition for the first time; his strike came just 137 seconds after İstanbul had gone 2-0 ahead.

Player of the match

BaDemba Ba

with an average of 8.89

Istanbul Basaksehir

  1. Squad number19Player nameBa
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  2. Squad number7Player nameVisca
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  3. Squad number23Player nameTürüç
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  4. Squad number10Player nameÖzcan
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  5. Squad number37Player nameSkrtel
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  6. Squad number4Player nameRafael
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  7. Squad number8Player nameAleksic
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  8. Squad number17Player nameKahveci
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  9. Squad number63Player nameBolingoli-Mbombo
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  10. Squad number5Player nameTopal
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  11. Squad number22Player nameGulbrandsen
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  12. Squad number6Player nameEpureanu
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  13. Squad number26Player nameCarlos Ponck
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  14. Squad number34Player nameGünok
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Manchester United

  1. Squad number26Player nameHenderson
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  2. Squad number34Player namevan de Beek
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  3. Squad number9Player nameMartial
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  4. Squad number10Player nameRashford
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  5. Squad number39Player nameMcTominay
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  6. Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka
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  7. Squad number23Player nameShaw
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  8. Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes
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  9. Squad number38Player nameTuanzebe
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  10. Squad number8Player nameMata
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  11. Squad number24Player nameFosu-Mensah
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  12. Squad number31Player nameMatic
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  13. Squad number7Player nameCavani
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  14. Squad number11Player nameGreenwood
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  15. Squad number5Player nameMaguire
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  16. Squad number6Player namePogba
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Istanbul Basaksehir

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 34Günok
  • 4Pereira da Silva
  • 37SkrtelBooked at 89mins
  • 6Epureanu
  • 63Bolingoli-Mbombo
  • 10ÖzcanSubstituted forTopalat 87'minutes
  • 7Visca
  • 8Aleksic
  • 17KahveciSubstituted fordos Santos Rodriguesat 90'minutes
  • 23Türüç
  • 19BaSubstituted forGulbrandsenat 79'minutes


  • 1Babacan
  • 5Topal
  • 13Kivanç
  • 20de Paula
  • 22Gulbrandsen
  • 26dos Santos Rodrigues
  • 77Kaplan
  • 89Karakus

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Henderson
  • 29Wan-BissakaSubstituted forFosu-Mensahat 76'minutes
  • 38TuanzebeBooked at 20minsSubstituted forMcTominayat 45'minutes
  • 5Maguire
  • 23Shaw
  • 34van de BeekSubstituted forPogbaat 61'minutes
  • 31Matic
  • 8MataSubstituted forCavaniat 61'minutes
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forGreenwoodat 76'minutes
  • 9Martial


  • 1de Gea
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 6Pogba
  • 7Cavani
  • 11Greenwood
  • 17Fred
  • 21James
  • 24Fosu-Mensah
  • 25Ighalo
  • 33Williams
  • 39McTominay
  • 43Mengi
Davide Massa

Match Stats

Home TeamIstanbul BasaksehirAway TeamMan Utd
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    Match ends, Istanbul Basaksehir 2, Manchester United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Istanbul Basaksehir 2, Manchester United 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

  4. Post update

    Rafael (Istanbul Basaksehir) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Alexandru Epureanu.

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    Attempt missed. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Istanbul Basaksehir. Carlos Ponck replaces Irfan Can Kahveci.

  10. Booking

    Martin Skrtel (Istanbul Basaksehir) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Martin Skrtel (Istanbul Basaksehir).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Istanbul Basaksehir. Mehmet Topal replaces Berkay Özcan.

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    Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

  15. Post update

    Deniz Türüç (Istanbul Basaksehir) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Istanbul Basaksehir. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fredrik Gulbrandsen (Istanbul Basaksehir) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Skrtel.

  18. Post update

    Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Irfan Can Kahveci (Istanbul Basaksehir).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Istanbul Basaksehir. Fredrik Gulbrandsen replaces Demba Ba because of an injury.

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