BERLIN — AC Milan defender Simon Kjær scored in injury time Thursday to secure a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in the first leg of the Europa League’s round of 16.
Kjær capitalized on poor defending to head in a corner in the 92nd minute to give the Italian side a slight advantage ahead of the second leg next week.
United took the lead after 18-year-old substitute Amad Diallo scored his first European goal just five minutes after coming on. But the home team was disorganized for Rade Krunić’s late corner and goalkeeper Dean Henderson was unable to keep out Kjær’s thumping header.
Milan had two early goals ruled out at Old Trafford. Rafael Leão was offside in the fifth minute, while Franck Kessié displayed brilliant technique to score in the 11th only to see the goal chalked off through VAR as the ball had struck his arm.
The visitors remained in control until United captain Harry Maguire somehow struck the post from point-blank range with the goal at his mercy after Bruno Fernandes headed on a corner in the 38th.
Fernandes was United’s key player, providing a lofted ball over the top for Amad to head in the opener in the 50th minute.
Spanish team Villarreal beat Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 in Ukraine despite several thousand vocal fans being allowed into the game.
Gerard Moreno set up defender Pau Torres to score after the home team failed to clear a corner in the 30th minute, and was involved again for the second. Villarreal captain Raúl Albiol scored on the rebound in the 52nd after Georgiy Bushchan saved Gerard’s header.
Scottish champion Rangers drew 1-1 at Slavia Prague, and Ajax eased to a 3-0 win at home over Swiss team Young Boys.
Tottenham was playing Dinamo Zagreb later, with Arsenal visiting Olympiakos, Roma hosting Shakhtar Donetsk and Granada playing Molde.
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