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Basel trouble United

sports Updated: Sep 28, 2011 23:14 IST
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A late Ashley Young goal spared Manchester United a shock defeat against FC Basel as they salvaged a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford in their Group C match on Tuesday.

United threw away a two-goal lead to trail 3-2 after the Swiss visitors had staged an unlikely fightback to stand on the verge of a famous upset and inflict only a second home defeat in 33 Champions League matches on their hosts.

Two Danny Welbeck goals in two minutes had given United a comfortable lead by the 17th minute and they looked to be cruising before Basel hit back with two goals in quick succession from Fabian Frei and Alexander Frei.

The latter then converted a 76th-minute penalty after some woeful United defending to turn the match completely on its head but they were denied outright top spot in the group when Young headed home in the 90th minute.

Inter Milan revived their Champions League campaign under new coach Claudio Ranieri despite throwing away a two-goal lead in a 3-2 win at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.