Malian midfielder Amadou Haidara was one of the outstanding players for RB Leipzig as they beat Manchester United 3-2 in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.
Haidara played the entire 90 minutes controlling the middle of the park for the German Bundesliga side who cruised to the next round of the competition in fine style.
Leipzig came with a clear intention of winning the game and it came as no surprise when Spaniard Jose Angel Esmoris Tasende (known as Angelino) opened the scoring after just two minutes to put the Germans ahead.
It took Leipzig 11 minutes to score a second as Angelino turned provider after floating a beautifully weighed pass into the path of central midfielder Amadou Haidara who finished with aplomb into the bottom corner.
Leipzig thought they had put the game to bed after 17 minutes, but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled the goal out for offside. Second half substitute Justin Kluivert extended the lead for the hosts after 69 minutes as he lashed onto a low cross from Christopher Nkunku before chipping the ball over an on-rushing David de Gea to put Leipzig in the driving seat for the final 20 minutes of the encounter.
Manchester United were given a penalty in the 79th minute after Mason Greenwood was brought down in the box by Ibrahima Konate and their penalty specialist Bruno Fernandes stood up to convert with ease.
Two minutes later Konate was in the spot-light again as he scored an own goal after trying to clear Paul Pogba’s header in the near post. United tried to get the equalizer in the last eight minutes of the game, but it ended 3-2 in favour of last year’s semi-finalists.
The result saw Leipzig go through to the next round while Manchester United will now compete in the UEFA Europa League for the remainder of the season.
AMADOU HAIDARA vs MANCHESTER UNITED:
Minutes: 90 minutes
Pass accuracy: 72.2
Number of passes: 36
Long balls: 1
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