Fluky bounce dooms United

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Thabiso Kumalo, a second-half substitute for United, later hit the post. The result could have been worse as United held off a number of late attacks from the Mexican club, much to the cheers of the blue-shirted fans of Cruz Azul, who outnumbered United’s supporters.

“The positive side is we worked really hard and put in a lot of energy. Unfortunately we come up with a bad result,” Moreno said. “The luck is not going our way, and it’s something we have to fight against.”

United is 5-3-4 at home against Mexican teams; however, on the road the club is 0-7-0.

The Champions League features the best 24 teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The winner qualifies for next year’s FIFA Club World Cup. The top teams in the group advance to next year’s knockout stages with the final played in April.

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