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Ex-Manchester United star Ashley Young incredibly misses open goal while stood on the goal-line

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Ashley Young had a moment to forget after he spectacularly missed an open goal during Inter Milan’s 3-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old has impressed since making the switch from Manchester United in January and has become a mainstay in Antonio Conte‘s backline this year.

And while he did end up on the winning side in Inter’s Champions League clash at Borussia-Park, Young will have had nightmares about his horrendous miss late on in the game.

Ashley Young (left) incredibly missed an open goal in the 3-2 win over Monchengladbach

Ashley Young (left) incredibly missed an open goal in the 3-2 win over Monchengladbach

The Inter Milan defender somehow missed from a couple of yards out at Borussia-Park

The Inter Milan defender somehow missed from a couple of yards out at Borussia-Park

With Inter leading the game 3-2, thanks to a Matteo Darmian opener and a brace from Romelu Lukaku, Conte’s men had the chance to extend their lead and restore their two-goal cushion as they broke into the hosts’ box.

Following some good hold-up play from Lukaku, the ball was eventually squared across the area before picking up a few deflections along the way.

With Young stood at the back-post, in acres of space and just a couple of yards from goal, the winger-turned-defender just had to get a solid enough contact on the ball and turn it into the net.

Young (left) is left stunned on the goal-line after his horrific miss on Tuesday night

Young (left) is left stunned on the goal-line after his horrific miss on Tuesday night

However, with the ball bobbling, Young swiped at the ball and somehow scuffed it out for a goal-kick.

While Young will struggle to live down that miss, he will have been relieved that his blunder had no impact on the result, with Inter holding onto three away points.

Inter were rewarded for their strong start with Matteo Darmian slotting the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Yann Sommer from a tight angle in the 17th minute.

The Germans, going into the game with the second-best goals haul in the entire group stage, found their footing after half an hour.

Despite frantic shouts of ‘calma, calma’ from Inter coach Antonio Conte echoing across the empty stadium, the Italians lost their grip on the game and Alassane Plea headed home the equaliser in first-half stoppage time.

Romelu Lukaku was yet again the hero as he kept Inter Milan's Champions League hopes alive

Romelu Lukaku was yet again the hero as he kept Inter Milan’s Champions League hopes alive

Matteo Darmian (right) had put Inter ahead before they were pegged back by Gladbach

Matteo Darmian (right) had put Inter ahead before they were pegged back by Gladbach

Alassane Plea scored twice for Borussia Monchengladbach and had a third chalked off by VAR

But as the hosts edged closer to a second goal aftter the break, Lukaku struck with a powerful shot across the area into the far corner. 

He then completed a quick move launched by Alexis Sanchez with an easy tap in to create a two-goal cushion.

However, Monchengladbach were not yet done and Plea cut the deficit after 76 minutes. In a tense finale the Frenchman had an effort disallowed by VAR in the 84th for an offside, leaving his fuming coach Marco Rose arguing with the referee after the game. 

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