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Manchester United begin Champions League play-off with victory

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By Euronews
Manchester United begin Champions League play-off with victory

<p>Manchester United began their quest to rejoin Europe’s elite after a season’s absence by beating Club Brugges 3-1 in the first leg of the Champions League play-offs.</p> <p>Memphis Depay scored two crackers at Old Trafford while Marouane Fellaini scored a stoppage time header to give Louis Van Gaal’s men the upper hand ahead of the return leg next week.</p> <p>A Michael Carrick own goal gave the visitors the early lead in Manchester.</p> <p>FC Astana took a step closer to becoming the first Kazakh side to make it to the Champions League group stage after beating <span class="caps">APOEL</span> Nicosia 1-0 in the first leg.</p> <p>Bate Borisvo will take a 1-0 lead to Serbia next week after beating <br /> Partizan Belgrad on home soil.</p> <p>Lazio beat the German’s of Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 while Islam Slimani scored with eight minutes remaining to hand Sporting a 2-1 win over <span class="caps">CSKA</span> Moscow.</p>