Manchester United vs Barcelona: Luke Shaw's own goal powers La Liga side to victory

Manchester United vs Barcelona: Luke Shaw's own goal powers La Liga side to victory

- Manchester United vs Barcelona Champions League clash ended in favour of the Spanish side

- The Catalans claimed a 1-0 slim victory over the Premier League side after normal regulation period

- Luke Shaws own goal in the 12th minute handed the Blaugrana the win as United head to Camp Nou next week for the second leg

Barcelona are one leg through to the semifinals of this season's Champions League following their slim victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Catalans took the lead through an own goal from Luke Shaw who deflected Luis Suarez's header into his side's net in the 12 minute.

Marcus Rashford tried restoring parity for the Red Devils almost immediately after conceding their first goal but his efforts was intercepted by the visitors defenders.

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After about 15 minutes of play, United stars stepped up their game as they attacked their visitors on the counter but they failed to find the back of the net all through the first half.

On the half hour mark, Chris Smalling injured Barca captain, Lionel Messi, who was taken off the pitch for medical attention.

But returned to the pitch and continued proceedings, though consciously after bleeding from the injury he suffered earlier in the match.

Just like the visitors as the Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi sounded the whistle to end the first half of the meeting.

Both teams returned to the pitch for the remainder of the match with so much attacking moves from either sides, but none of them could find the back of the net.

Near goal chance for Anthony Martial but the Frenchman, who was introduced into the games in the 68th minute failed to convert the chance he got in the late minutes.

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Chris Smalling also came close to equalising for the home team in the extra minutes but his shot went off target.

The Spanish League champions will however take the one goal advantage into the second leg at Camp Nou next week. earlier reported that Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United can beat Barcelona when both sides clash in the Champions League quarterfinal stage.

The Red Devils reached the last eight phase of the championship following their dramatic comeback against Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16.

Meanwhile, the Portuguese tactician has warned the Premier League side to be wary of Lionel Messi in the game. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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