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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turks Storm Old Trafford, End 40-Year Record

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United's 40-year unbeaten home record in European competition ended tamely as Turkish champions Fenerbahce trampled across one of British soccer's most hallowed grounds.


A deflected goal from Elvir Bolic with 12 minutes to go at Old Trafford earned the Turks a 1-0 victory. It gave Fenerbahce renewed hope of Champions' League qualification on a night that confirmed Porto as the first club to reach the quarterfinals.


The Portuguese side scored a 3-0 win over Norwegian opponents Rosenborg, inspired by Serb winger Ljubimko Drulovic, who scored one goal and set up the other two.


There were also important away wins for Atletico Madrid, which beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1, and Ajax, which defeated Rangers 1-0 in Glasgow. But neither could compare with Fenerbahce in terms of rewriting European soccer lore.


United dominated much of the Champions' League Group C match without ever playing to its full potential.


United was punished after 78 minutes when Elvir Bolic broke down the left, making a rare Fenerbahce foray into United territory, and unleashed a hopeful shot from 25 meters.


The ball ricocheted off the shin of David May, looped over a static Peter Schmeichel in the United goal and nestled in the back of the net.


United -- Schmeichel included -- poured forward in the remaining quarter of an hour in search of an equalizer, but the Turks held on to claim a historic victory.


"It's a sad way to end a record with a stupid deflected goal like that," said United legend Bobby Charlton.


Bolic's goal ensured a dramatic end to a match that started dismally. The first half was scrappy, with neither side playing with any fluency, particularly around their opponents' penalty area.


The visiting fans entertained themselves by taunting the Stretford End with chants of Newcastle and Southampton -- the two premier league sides that between them put 11 goals past United in the last fortnight.


United improved after the interval, and, just before the hour, Karel Poborsky put Nicky Butt clean through on goal for United's best chance of the night. But the 21-year-old hit his shot straight at Rustu Recber.


Fenerbahce's players celebrated wildly after the final whistle and will be contenders for a place in the last eight if they win at home against bottom-of-the-table Rapid Vienna in three weeks.


Rapid felt the full force of Juventus as it was thrashed 5-0, with two goals apiece for Alen Boksic and Allessandro Del Piero. The Italian champions need just one point from their final two matches to ensure qualification.


Substitute Roberto Baggio scored a last-minute goal for AC Milan as the Italians beat Sweden's IFK Gothenburg 4-2 in their do-or-die Champions' League Group D match.


Milan, beaten in two of its three matches to date, desperately needed to beat Gothenburg to stave off an early exit from the competition it has won five times.


AC Milan will travel to Porto next month knowing a defeat will force it to sweat on the outcome of its final fixture against Rosenborg in December.


The Group A table is now a three-way tussle between Ajax, Auxerre and Grasshopper Zurich after a solitary 39th-minute goal from Dutchman Arnold Scholten condemned Rangers to a fourth straight defeat.


Ajax is currently level at the top on nine points with Grasshopper, which built on Viorel Moldovan's two first-half goals, his first in the Champions' League, to score a crucial 3-1 win over Auxerre.


In Germany, Atletico Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 with first-half goals from Roberto and Yugoslav striker Milinko Pantic, although both sides should progress following Widzew Lodz's 2-0 home win over Steaua Bucharest.


The victory earned the Polish club its first points of the competition.