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Everyone is loving what Romelu Lukaku and his Man United team-mates did after the final whistle against Benfica

The Belgian forward consoled 18-year-old keeper Mile Svilar after the youngster's error led to United's winner in Lisbon

Man United’s winner against Benfica was rather unusual.

18-year-old Mile Svilar, the youngest keeper in Champions League history, carried the ball over his own line after struggling to deal with a Marcus Rashford free-kick.

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The mistake ultimately cost the hosts the game as United went on to win 1-0 in Lisbon.

Svilar was visibly upset at the final whistle but was comforted by the response of his opponents.

Several United players made an effort to console the young keeper and offer some words of encouragement.

Romelu Lukaku in particular spent considerable time comforting his compatriot.

Romelu Lukaku consoles young goalkeeper Mile Svilar after victory

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A stirring show of sportsmanship

Manchester United players take time to console Mile Svilar after contest

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A lesson for youngsters out there

Fellow goalkeeper David De Gea — who knows what it’s like to endure difficult moments as a youngster — also spoke to Svilar after the game.


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BT Sport presenter Gary Lineker praised the United players for their sportsmanship but the often cynical Paul Scholes had a slghtly different view.

He pointed out the hug was the nearest Lukaku had got to the keeper all night.

The former Everton man was once against isolated in attack and struggled to impose himself among a disciplined Benfice defence.

Someone always has to spoil a nice moment, don’t they?