Oct 18, 2014 at 1pm UK at ​Salford City Stadium
Sale Sharks
Lund (23'), Leota (29')
Kilcoyne (10'), Conway (56'), Murray (65')

Result: Late Munster drop goal defeats Sale Sharks

Munster begin the European Rugby Champions Cup with a 27-26 win over Sale Sharks thanks to a last-minute drop goal from Ian Keatley.

Munster kicked a drop goal in the final minute of their European Rugby Champions Cup match against Sale Sharks to clinch a 27-26 win this afternoon.

Ian Keatley of Munster celebrates withJJ Hanrahan after kicking the match winning drop goal during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Sale Sharks and Munster at AJ Bell Stadium on October 18, 2014© Getty Images

After Dave Kilcoyne put the Irish side ahead early on, a flurry from the hosts resulted in tries for Magnus Lund and Johnny Leota, leaving them 23-7 up at the break.

Andrew Conway got Munster back into contention early in the second half, marking his European debut with a try after a strong spell from the team.

Conor Murray continued the visitors' comeback when he collected the ball out wide from Ian Keatley before diving over in the corner.

Danny Cipriani extended Sale's lead with a penalty, but Keatley added a penalty himself inside the final 10 minutes before kicking the winning points with a drop goal in the 80th minute, sealing the victory for Munster.

Stuart McInally wins the ball for Edinburgh during their Heineken Cup match with Munster on 13 January, 2013
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