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Ibrahimović hat-trick puts United in command

Published: Thursday 16 February 2017, 23.00CET
Zlatan Ibrahimović continued his splendid debut season for Manchester United, his first hat-trick for the club putting José Mourinho's men in pole position against St-Étienne.
by Simon Hart from Old Trafford

Match statistics

Man. UnitedSt-Étienne

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)60
 
40
Total attempts20
 
14
on target8
 
0
off target6
 
8
blocked6
 
6
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners5
 
1
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
13

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Published: Thursday 16 February 2017, 23.00CET

Ibrahimović hat-trick puts United in command

Zlatan Ibrahimović continued his splendid debut season for Manchester United, his first hat-trick for the club putting José Mourinho's men in pole position against St-Étienne.

Zlatan Ibrahimović struck his first Manchester United hat-trick to give the Premier League side a commanding 3-0 lead over St-Étienne in their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie.

United's fortunate opener came after 15 minutes when Ibrahimović's free-kick deflected off Vincent Pajot and trickled slowly over the line. However, not until the 75th minute did they add to their lead when Ibrahimović turned the ball in from close range after good work by substitute Marcus Rashford. The 35-year-old secured the match ball from the penalty spot late on.

The visitors had their fair share of chances, raining in a number of shots on the United goal in the first half and spurning their best opportunity just prior to Ibrahimović's second when Nolan Roux lifted over the bar having gone clean through.

Hat-trick hero Zlatan's delight

St-Étienne keeper Stéphane Ruffier was also busy, making a trio of saves from Anthony Martial, as well as a fine double-stop from Juan Mata, while Paul Pogba nodded against the crossbar.

Although the Ligue 1 side's 3,400 travelling supporters maintained their noisy backing, it was United who controlled the second period. Ibrahimović did not dwell on the goal he had ruled out for offside and went on to complete his hat-trick from the spot after he himself was felled.

Yeo, mother of Pogba brothers Paul and St-Étienne's Florentin, watched in a red-and-green-halved top. It is advantage to the red half of the family after this first leg.

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Last updated: 17/02/17 2.16CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

st-étienne

St-Étienne

20
RomeroSergio Romero (GK)
16
RuffierStéphane Ruffier (GK)
3
BaillyEric Bailly
2
Théophile-CatherineKévin Théophile-Catherine
6
PogbaPaul Pogba
Yellow Card71
5
PajotVincent Pajot
Yellow Card64
Substitution72
8
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution70
11
SaivetHenri Saivet
9
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal15
Goal75
Goal88
14
VeretoutJordan Veretout
11
MartialAnthony Martial
Yellow Card47
Substitution84
19
PogbaFlorentin Pogba
Substitution79
12
SmallingChris Smalling (C)
21
HamoumaRomain Hamouma
17
BlindDaley Blind
22
Monnet-PaquetKévin Monnet-Paquet
21
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
Yellow Card58
24
PerrinLoïc Perrin (C)
25
A. ValenciaAntonio Valencia
25
MalcuitKevin Malcuit
27
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Substitution45+1
26
Jorge IntimaJorge Intima
Substitution65

Substitutes

1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
30
MoulinJessy Moulin (GK)
5
RojoMarcos Rojo
4
LacroixLéo Lacroix
14
LingardJesse Lingard
Substitution45+1
Yellow Card67
9
RouxNolan Roux
Substitution65
18
YoungAshley Young
Substitution84
17
SelnæsOle Selnæs
Substitution72
19
RashfordMarcus Rashford
Substitution70
18
LemoineFabien Lemoine
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
27
BerićRobert Berić
Substitution79
36
DarmianMatteo Darmian
31
Pierre-GabrielRonaël Pierre-Gabriel

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Christophe Galtier (FRA)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Roman Slyško (SVK), Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)

Fourth official

Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Karel Hrubes (CZE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution