Istanbul Basaksehir capitalised on some lacklustre defending by Manchester United to safe a well-known 2-1 Champions League victory.
Simply days after a chastening defeat to Arsenal at Outdated Trafford, the Purple Devils had been as soon as once more the makers of their very own downfall with an terrible first half of soccer.
Former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba was left fully remoted by United’s defenders and the 36-year-old ran from his personal half to fit dwelling previous Dean Henderson.
The previous Sheffield United loanee was powerless as soon as once more to cease Edin Visca from slamming dwelling because the Istanbul captain completed off a advantageous counter assault as he was additionally left fully on his personal by the United backline.
After scoring an personal purpose in Paris two weeks in the past, Anthony Martial lowered the deficit with a advantageous header to arrange an intriguing finale.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threw on Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba within the hope of securing not less than some extent, however a 91st minute goal-line clearance secured all three factors for the hosts – their first ever within the Champions League.
Few may have foreseen this end in Istanbul, the place Bruno Fernandes tried an audacious early volley from a diagonal Harry Maguire cross earlier than Luke Shaw’s fizzing cross-shot simply whizzed extensive.
However that early confidence got here with a dollop of complacency, with Visca smashing over a warning shot from the sting of the field earlier than Ba punished some dim defending.
With gamers ready within the field for a cross following a brief nook, United’s poor defensive construction was exploited by a ball excessive to the unmarked ex-Premier League striker.
Nemanja Matic was nowhere close to Ba, who managed the ball on the midway line and raced ahead to beat European debutant Dean Henderson with a cool end.
The handful of these within the floor went wild and made their emotions recognized when Ba was denied going by once more within the 20th minute by Axel Tuanzebe, who solely obtained a reserving for the problem.
United tried to stay affected person after they may have panicked, however they had been prosaic in possession and caught out once more within the 40th minute.
Deniz Turuc robbed Juan Mata of possession and darted down the left flank, sending over a cross that Ba well stepped over for unopposed Visca to thump previous Henderson.
United had been rocked on their heels however managed to cut back the deficit with two minutes of the primary half remaining. Shaw made area to swing in a advantageous cross from the left that Martial did effectively to steer dwelling with a header.
Solskjaer surprisingly introduced on Scott McTominay for the booked Tuanzebe at half-time, that means defensive midfielder Matic dropped again to play at centre-back alongside Maguire.
Basaksehir had been penned again as quickly because the second half bought below manner, with Fernandes seeing a free-kick pushed away earlier than one other shot was blocked by ex-Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.
The Portuguese noticed an effort deflected extensive shortly after, with Solskjaer now having introduced Pogba and Cavani off the bench in a bid so as to add new impetus to the United assault.
Greenwood and Timothy Fosu-Mensah quickly adopted, however the hosts weren’t giving an inch.
Former United full-back Rafael was taking part in brilliantly in a Basaksehir backline that survived a stoppage-time scare.
Maguire headed on from a nook and substitute Mehmet Topal inadvertently directed the ball in direction of his personal purpose, just for Epureanu to clear off the road to seal a well-known win.