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Mkhitaryan helps Man Utd to draw in Russia

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Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (L) fights for the ball with Rostov’s Spanish defender Cesar Navas (C) and Rostov’s defender Fedor Kudryashov (R) during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 football match between Rostov and Manchester United at Olimp-2 Arena in Rostov-on-Don on March 9, 2017.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan bagged a precious away goal as Manchester United came away from their trip to Russia with a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie against Rostov on Thursday.

On an awful pitch, the state of which had United manager Jose Mourinho fuming on the eve of the game, Mkhitaryan turned in the opener 10 minutes before half-time.

But Aleksandr Bukharov levelled for the home side in the 53rd minute at the Olimp 2 stadium, keeping Rostov hopes alive ahead of next week’s return at Old Trafford.

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