Wednesday September 30, 2009 Group Stage: Group B Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - 1 VfL Wolfsburg

  • Giggs 59’
  • Carrick 78’
  • Džeko 56’

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  1. United overcome Wolfsburg

    United overcome Wolfsburg

    Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick were on target as Manchester United came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 in the Champions League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • VfL Wolfsburg
    • 90'+3 But it's not to be as the referee blows for full-time! United win it 2-1 thanks to strikes by Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick!
    • 90'+2 Evra with a great defensive header as Wolfsburg press for a late equaliser!
    • 90' Two minutes of stoppage time to be played... what, not six?
    • 88' United look to counter... Rooney fires a great crossfield ball but it skids off the greasy surface and Berbatov is not able to get there...
    • 85' Anderson is through here from Berbatov's header... but the Brazilian's control lets him down and the ball runs through to Benaglio.
    • 84' Josue gives United a scare as he lifts a shot just wide of the post with Kuszczak scrambling to get there!
    • 82' United make a change... Valencia is replaced by Darren Fletcher... and Wolfsburg make one too... Obafemi Martins for Grafite.
    • 78' GOAL! CARRICK PUT UNITED INTO THE LEAD! What a finish! Berbatov lays off for Giggs, who in turn gives it to the midfielder... he picks his spot and finds it with a curler into the top right hand corner! 2-1 to United!
    • 76' Rooney slides in to meet a Giggs cross... but so does Madlung, and it's the Wolfsburg man who gets there first to clear.
    • 73' Off goes Hasebe and on comes Ziani... that's an offensive change by Armin Veh. They're not happy with a point.
    • 69' Giggs has the ball in the back of the net! But it won't count as the flag is raised on the far side. It looked like the ball was played through off Misimovic though...
    • 68' Rooney turns well and fires on goal! His effort takes a deflection, but this time it lands safely in Benaglio's arms.
    • 67' Giggs goes for goal... but it's poor from the veteran and the ball sails over Benaglio's bar.
    • 66' Valencia now is bundled over and United have another free-kick... up go Vidic and Ferdinand, Giggs over it...
    • 64' This game has really sparked into life now...
    • 62' And then Rooney goes mighty close with a sumptuous right-foot curler! Inches wide of the angle of post and bar!
    • 62' Vidic! Oooh! He should have done better there from Valencia's cross but the ball just escapes him!
    • 61' What a super delivery from Giggs... it causes panic in the Wolfsburg back line! It's eventually cleared!
    • 60' Costa piles into Rooney and that will be a booking for the player and a free-kick to United.
    • 59' GOAL! UNITED ARE BACK ON LEVEL TERMS! Ryan Giggs it is, firing the free-kick home, thanks to a hefty deflection off Gentner that wrong foots Benaglio! That's his 150th United goal... impressive record from the Welshman! 1-1 now and all still to play for!
    • 58' Anderson wins a free-kick as Josue trips him, right on the edge of the box... could be danger here.
    • 57' United have it all to do now!
    • 56' GOAL! DZEKO GIVES THE GERMAN CHAMPIONS THE LEAD! Great header from the big man as he leaps above Evra to meet Hasebe's deep cross and direct it past Kuszczak and into the bottom corner!
    • 55' Anderson! Better this time as the Brazilian runs on Rooney's through pass before letting fly! Benaglio sticks out a big hand to make the save!
    • 53' Anderson fancies his chances here... he lets fly from 20 yards but it's a poor effort and the ball bounces well wide. Rooney lets his team-mate know what he thinks...
    • 52' Here come Wolfsburg again... but Gentner sees his shot strike a United boot and loop up into Kuszczak's arms...
    • 49' That's a shame... Anderson misreads Carrick's run and ends up playing the ball into his team-mate's legs...
    • 47' Ooh! Misimovic takes the corner which Costa gets on the end of! But the Portuguese's effort flies wide of the mark!
    • 47' Schafer delivers a decent looking ball into the middle and Evra is forced into heading behind for a corner!
    • 46' No changes to tell you about at the break...
    • 46' Back underway in Manchester, where the rain is still falling.
    • 45'+1 There goes the half-time whistle! And the teams head in locked at 0-0... it's been a pretty even opening period.
    • 45' One minute of added time to be played...
    • 44' Carrick! Oooh! Super effort from the United midfielder! He fires a diving header on target, only to see Benaglio save! Strong end to the first half by the hosts!
    • 43' Another neat touch from Berbatov follows a back heel from Valencia as United open up the opposition defence! But Roony is off balance as he shoots and Benaglio claims easily!
    • 41' United have certainy found their feet now, after that strong start by the visitors.
    • 39' Grafite turns Vidic on the halfway line as Wolfsburg break... the Serb stopper is totally beaten so he hauls his opponent down. Yellow card, the first of the game.
    • 37' Berbatov again causes consternation in the Wolfsburg defence... but this time he's well offside and the linesman gets it right.
    • 36' Giggs lifts a looping cross over to the far post... Berbatov's there! No! He hits one over the bar as he meets it on the half volley!
    • 35' Terrible ball from Riether, straight to Berbatov, who picks it up! But the visitors are let off the hook as the Bulgarian's final ball towards Giggs doesn't make it and the move breaks down.
    • 34' Down to the other end and Gentner fires a towering header over the bar from a Wolfsburg corner! United need to be on their mettle at the back tonight, that's for sure.
    • 32' Valencia swings over a deep cross which Benaglio deals with...
    • 30' Oooh! Carrick sees his effort repelled by Benaglio after another sumptuous through pass from Berbatov! His introduction really has given United a lift...
    • 28' Rooney has the ball in the back of the net! But it won't count as Berbatov is flagged offside before he crosses into the middle! Replays show the Bulgarian to have been onside... it was O'Shea who was in an offside position, but he didn't touch the ball...
    • 27' Dzeko launches a hopeful effort from 25 yards out... someone in the Stretford End catches it.
    • 26' Giggs appears to win the ball off Hasebe, but the ref pulls the United skipper up for a foul...
    • 25' VALENCIA! Ooh! He should score here! Berbatov with a delicious little back heel to set the Ecuadorian on his way towards goal... but he drags his shot wide of the mark!
    • 23' Giggs clips it in... Anderson gets the slightest of touches on it, and in doing so diverts the ball away from O'Shea, who holds his head in his hands...
    • 22' Josue upends Evra and United have another free-kick, 25 yards out.
    • 21' Valencia gets a chance to run at Schafer now... half shout for handball as he centres, but the ref's having none of it.
    • 20' Here comes that change... Owen trudges off and is replaced by Berbatov. Capello didn't really get to see too much of his man...
    • 19' Rooney steps up... but his curling effort bounces wide of Benaglio's right hand upright. Not a bad effort... but no Ronaldo special either...
    • 18' Anderson surges forward now but is stopped in his tracks as Misimovic slides in and makes a clumsy challenge... free-kick to United, 30 yards out, dead centre - Ronaldo-range, you could say.
    • 17' United can break now... but Valencia and Rooney can't make it work and Anderson's final pass is poor and straight out of play.
    • 15' Owen certainly won't want to come off, but he may well have to... still Berbatov warms up.
    • 14' Lovely stuff from Grafite as he turns Ferdinand inside and out on the United left... he gets in a cross towards the back stick where Dzeko lashes a volley over the bar!
    • 12' Careless pass now by Rooney as the ball pings off his right boot to a green shirt...
    • 11' United are yet to get going... and at the back they're looking a bit sloppy...
    • 10' Evra gives it away to Dzeko... and he doesn't really want to do that! He gets away with it though as the Bosnian's effort bounces well wide of the mark...
    • 9' Fabio Capello is spotted in the stands... presumably he's here to check out Carrick and Rooney... and possibly even Michael Owen.
    • 8' Great start by Wolfsburg! They've certainly come to attack tonight!
    • 7' Schafer finds his way into dangerous territory on the United right... he delivers a crisp cross into the middle but there's no one there to knock it it!
    • 6' Grafite tries to run through Vidic... but Ferdinand gets back to help his mate out and the visitors' move breaks down.
    • 5' Giggs breaks now, but his ball through looking for the run of Owen is cut out by Madlung.
    • 4' Chance for the visitors! Vidic with a loose ball and Misimovic has an opportunity to shoot on goal! Kuszczak is forced into his first save of the night!
    • 4' Misimovic looks to play in Grafite... but again the Wolfsburg striker can't find a telling pass...
    • 4' Dzeko and Grafite link up for the first time... but the Brazilian can't keep the ball in play and United have a throw.
    • 3' There's a few empty seats on the far side... surely that's a traffic problem, rather than any lack of interest in the game?
    • 2' Hasebe fouls Anderson in the middle of the park and United have the first free-kick of the night.
    • 2' As always on European nights, there's a cracking atmoshpere inside the stadium.
    • 1' Here we go! Underway at Old Trafford!
    • - The teams are out... Ryan Giggs goes through the formalities and tosses up...
    • - For Wolfsburg, former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins has to be content with a place on the bench - hardly surprising when you consider that the German champions' starting strikeforce consists of Edin Dzeko and Grafite.
    • - So, Michael Owen gets just his third start of the season, the striker lining up alongside Wayne Rooney. Tomasz Kuszczak gets the nod over Ben Foster, who starts on the bench. Dimitar Berbatov starts on a strong-looking bench, which includes Wes Brown, Nani, Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher.
    • - Tonight's referee is Viktor Kassai (Hungary). .
    • - And Wolfsburg: Benaglio, Riether, Madlung, Ricardo Costa, Schafer, Josue, Hasebe, Misimovic, Gentner, Dzeko, Grafite - Subs: Lenz, Martins, Santana, Ziani, Pekarik, Dejagah, Barzagli
    • - The teams are in... here's how United line up: Kuszczak, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Owen, Rooney - Subs: Foster, Brown, Berbatov, Nani, Scholes, Fabio Da Silva, Fletcher
    • - In tonight's other Group B game, CSKA look to have bounced back from that defeat in Wolfsburg a fortnight ago and lead Bestiktas 2-0 in Moscow. More here
    • - But, German opposition have always proved problematic for United - the Reds have won only two of seven and failed to win any of their first five, losing two of those to Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
    • - United have not lost any of their 21 Champions League home games in the previous four seasons and have not lost at Old Trafford in the group stage in almost eight years. The last such defeat was a 3-2 loss to Deportivo Coruna in the 2000-01 season.
    • - And Wolfsburg also started with a win, Brazilian striker Grafite netting an impressive hat-trick to see them past CSKA Moscow. More here
    • - Alex Ferguson's side kicked off with an away win over Besiktas two weeks ago - click here for more details on that win.
    • - Premier League champions Manchester United play host to their German counterparts at Old Trafford hoping to continue their winning start to this season's Champions League Group B campaign.
  • Summary

    • 85' Anderson is through here from Berbatov's header... but the Brazilian's control lets him down and the ball runs through to Benaglio.
    • 84' Josue gives United a scare as he lifts a shot just wide of the post with Kuszczak scrambling to get there!
    • 78' GOAL! CARRICK PUT UNITED INTO THE LEAD! What a finish! Berbatov lays off for Giggs, who in turn gives it to the midfielder... he picks his spot and finds it with a curler into the top right hand corner! 2-1 to United!
    • 69' Giggs has the ball in the back of the net! But it won't count as the flag is raised on the far side. It looked like the ball was played through off Misimovic though...
    • 62' And then Rooney goes mighty close with a sumptuous right-foot curler! Inches wide of the angle of post and bar!
    • 62' Vidic! Oooh! He should have done better there from Valencia's cross but the ball just escapes him!
    • 59' GOAL! UNITED ARE BACK ON LEVEL TERMS! Ryan Giggs it is, firing the free-kick home, thanks to a hefty deflection off Gentner that wrong foots Benaglio! That's his 150th United goal... impressive record from the Welshman! 1-1 now and all still to play for!
    • 56' GOAL! DZEKO GIVES THE GERMAN CHAMPIONS THE LEAD! Great header from the big man as he leaps above Evra to meet Hasebe's deep cross and direct it past Kuszczak and into the bottom corner!
    • 55' Anderson! Better this time as the Brazilian runs on Rooney's through pass before letting fly! Benaglio sticks out a big hand to make the save!
    • 44' Carrick! Oooh! Super effort from the United midfielder! He fires a diving header on target, only to see Benaglio save! Strong end to the first half by the hosts!
    • 36' Giggs lifts a looping cross over to the far post... Berbatov's there! No! He hits one over the bar as he meets it on the half volley!
    • 34' Down to the other end and Gentner fires a towering header over the bar from a Wolfsburg corner! United need to be on their mettle at the back tonight, that's for sure.
    • 30' Oooh! Carrick sees his effort repelled by Benaglio after another sumptuous through pass from Berbatov! His introduction really has given United a lift...
    • 28' Rooney has the ball in the back of the net! But it won't count as Berbatov is flagged offside before he crosses into the middle! Replays show the Bulgarian to have been onside... it was O'Shea who was in an offside position, but he didn't touch the ball...
    • 25' VALENCIA! Ooh! He should score here! Berbatov with a delicious little back heel to set the Ecuadorian on his way towards goal... but he drags his shot wide of the mark!

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  • Manchester United

    Manager: Alex Ferguson

    Captain: Darren Fletcher

  • VfL Wolfsburg

    Manager: Armin Veh

    Captain: Josué

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