Monday 28 November 2011

Man Utd need point to qualify

Sir Alex Ferguson's side still have work to do to reach Champions League last 16

Man Utd were unable to hold on to their lead against Benfica

Manchester United still need a point to ensure qualification for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League after being held to a 2-2 draw by Benfica at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Last year's runners-up fell behind early on to a Phil Jones own goal, but levelled through a header from Dimitar Berbatov.

Darren Fletcher prodded the ball home to put United ahead for the first time, but the lead lasted for little more than a minute as Pablo Aimar finished from close range to restore parity for the Portuguese champions.

United are still well-placed to qualify as they know a point in their final match away to Basel on December 7th will ensure their progress.

They will top Group C if they can better Benfica's result in the Portuguese side's final match against bottom team Otelul Galati.

Defeat will mean elimination, but boss Sir Alex Ferguson said he was confident his side would reach the knockout stage.

"It will be a hard game in Basel. But when the chips are down I have every confidence in the team," said Ferguson.

"Benfica should win at home against Galati but we need to win in style."

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Key Points

  • Man Utd held 2-2 by Benfica in UEFA Champions League
  • Two draws in three matches at home in group stage
  • Need point to ensure place in UEFA Champions League last 16