Wednesday September 29, 2010 Group Stage: Group C Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 0 - 1 Manchester United

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  1. United grab late winner

    United grab late winner

    Substitute Javier Hernandez struck the only goal of the game with five minutes to play as Manchester United beat Valencia 1-0. More

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    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • Manchester United
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME! United were off the boil but they got the job done. Valencia will wonder how the game slipped by - the answer was a moment of magic from Javier Hernandez!
    • 90+3' Booking for Aduriz, who collides petulantly with Evra.
    • 90+2' Rafael off, John O'Shea on.
    • 90+1' Nani almost picks out Hernandez but Valencia escape and move forward.
    • 90' United clear the ball. Park plays it out and United slow the play down.
    • 90' Three minutes of stoppages to play - and Valencia have a corner.
    • 89' Mata takes the ball forward, looking to create a chance - but Nani is on hand to take the ball away from Aduriz.
    • 88' Another good-looking ball in from Mathieu but Ferdinand clears. It falls to Pablo who tries a shot - Van der Sar claims it with ease.
    • 87' Cesar fumes at Macheda after taking the cross - but the Manchester United man didn't do very much wrong there.
    • 87' Nani gets a throw on the byline - Valencia looking very irritated.
    • 86' Albelda off, Topal on.
    • 85' HERNANDEZ SCORES! UNITED LEAD! It's Macheda's ball flat across to Hernandez on the edge of the box, and he cuts in and places a shot square in the corner. Great finish, great move - a smash and grab win for United?
    • 84' Macheda on, Berbatov off - Owen not preferred.
    • 83' HERNANDEZ HITS THE POST! Nani plays in a great ball to the far post, which gets the faintest of touches from Fletcher and Hernandez cannot steer it in!
    • 82' Nani finds Hernandez but he doesn't do a great job at the byline, picking out Cesar Sanchez's gloves at the near post.
    • 81' Soldado holds Nani by the ankle, but still has some choice words for Nani when the Portuguese gets the free kick decision.
    • 80' Excellent cross from Mathieu on the left - nobody there to tuck it away once again.
    • 79' Great ball from Aduriz which Soldado is so very close to - Ferdinand is beaten but he gets away with it.
    • 78' Pablo crosses and Rafael has to launch himself at it to clear the ball away - Valencia are looking stronger.
    • 77' Good corner in from Mata and nobody got a touch on it.
    • 77' United substitution: Anderson off, Hernandez on.
    • 76' SHOT FROM FERNANDES! The sub struck from range and Van der Sar felt obliged to tip it around the corner!
    • 75' Anderson's free kick goes by the far post uncontested by just about everyone.
    • 73' CHANCE FOR SOLDADO! His header on the run is glanced beyond the far post.
    • 73' Toni Costa off, Fernandes on.
    • 72' Navarro and Vidic tussle for the ball at the far post after the corner goes long - and Vidic is down - Navarro, intentionally or otherwise, stamped on him!
    • 72' Aduriz plays in Mathieu on the break - great looking low cross, great interception from Ferdinand!
    • 71' Evra tries a shot from distance which is blocked. Valencia clear and we are set for the sub - no, wait - not yet - Evra takes the throw.
    • 70' Aduriz robbed of the ball and the United back four play a few passes and look for a way forward.
    • 69' No way through for Fletcher as he tries a 1-2 with Park. United are lining up a change.
    • 68' A poor pass forward from Carrick, straight to Navarro. The midfielder has not been at his best.
    • 67' Cesar Sanchez opts to punch that one - the ball goes out of play for a throw in and United keep looking for a telling ball.
    • 66' Rafael makes a rare foray forward down the right and that gives United a throw, which Nani then manages to turn into a corner. Here's Anderson.
    • 65' Good cross from Costa - it took a terrific block from Vidic to keep Aduriz from latching on to that one.
    • 64' Another cross from Nani into the box is cleared out and Valencia surge forward. Mata plays his second useful ball in quick succession but it is just beyond Soldado this time.
    • 63' Mata finds Pablo on the left and he dallied too long - it was a chance to fire a shot!
    • 62' Soldado appeals for a penalty after Rafael wins the ball off him, and there doesn't look like a lot to support his claim.
    • 61' Great strength from Miguel to muscle Berbatov off the ball. He's had a good evening for Valencia.
    • 60' Berbatov releases Park down the left but his run is brought to an end by a combination of Miguel and the onrushing Cesar Sanchez.
    • 60' Fletcher slices the cross away and it falls to Soldado, but the Valencia striker cannot get a good shot off from a narrow angle.
    • 59' The crowd seem to have responded to that substitution, and Valencia have a corner on the left.
    • 58' Attacking Valencia substitution: Aduriz on for Dominguez.
    • 58' Carrick has plenty of space, so opts for a shy at goal. He needn't have bothered - it's a long way high.
    • 57' Nani almost gives the ball away in a dangerous position just as United had broken up another Valencia attack.
    • 56' BERBATOV! He does tremendously to control the long ball, then getting past Navarro and firing a shot from an angle which Sanchez has to tip out for a corner. Had to make it happen by himself - it's been a lonely evening for the Bulgarian.
    • 55' Soldado is brought down by Ferdinand and the Valencia man is fuming with that one - the referee does not see fit to award a card, however.
    • 54' Good counter from Anderson releases Carrick, who repays the favour and it takes a great lunging tackle from Mathieu to stop the move.
    • 53' A first corner from United - Nani lays it off to Anderson and a cross comes in which looks like it was played specifically for Cesar Sanchez to catch.
    • 52' United do, remember, have Owen and Hernandez on the bench if they want extra attacking options.
    • 52' Poor delivery from Nani on the right - his cross was set to land in the D of the penalty area, giving Berbatov too much to do.
    • 51' Soldado takes a quick throw for Mata, who tries to pick out Dominguez in the box.
    • 50' Evra knocks the ball just a little too far beyond him as he charges down the left, and Miguel can clear up.
    • 49' PABLO GOES CLOSE! Good effort - he cuts in from the right to beat Evra, then fires one on his left just past the far post, but Van der Sar didn't know too much about that fizzing effort!
    • 48' It's not been a bore, but it has been a cagey affair.
    • 47' From OptaJoe on Twitter: "0 - Manchester United and Valencia haven't managed a shot on target between them in the opening 45 minutes of their match. Bore."
    • 46' We've seen one long hopeful ball hit by either side. Berbatov was underwhelmed at the one in his direction, while Valencia's effort goes out for a goal kick.
    • 45' No changes to either line-up at half-time.
    • 45' United kick off the second half!
    • 45' HALF-TIME! No injury time at all - and not too much to report. The contest began promisingly but both sides found clear cut chances hard to come by. Can either team change things up for the second half? Join us in a few minutes to find out!
    • 45' Valencia institution David Albelda tries to burst through the midfield but the ball runs away from him.
    • 44' Mata's dribble is brought to an end by Carrick, who makes his most telling contribution of the game so far. Mathieu has a cracking volley saved by Van der Sar, but it's irrelevant, since the whistle has already gone.
    • 43' United move forward, countering at pace after the corner came to nothing, but Park is robbed and it's Valencia's turn to break!
    • 43' Mata lays it off for Dominguez to try a long range shot - it takes a deflection of Vidic. No handball despite the appeals, just a corner.
    • 42' Possession is 50/50 so far. It's been even enough between the two sides - cautious, but even.
    • 41' Ferguson's chewing gum intensity: Low-to-medium. He's seen Valencia grow into this game after United looked the better side in the early exchanges.
    • 40' Pablo cannot find a way through to cross on the right, but Dominguez and Miguel combine to do so instead. Good cross, nobody there to finish.
    • 39' Mathieu applauds a Dominguez pass down the flank, but it's hard to see why. It goes out of play before the full-back can get anywhere near it.
    • 38' No joy for Valencia - Evra will have a throw from almost the same place.
    • 38' Dominguez tries a cross but has to settle for a throw. Miguel will take it.
    • 37' Berbatov has just eased Navarro off the ball as they race for a long ball, and that's enough for the referee to blow for a foul.
    • 36' United shape themselves into a threatening position before Carrick has his pocket picked and Valencia break with pace and purpose, winning a corner.
    • 35' Nani's cross is cleared by Soldado, who is the first man. That was a disappointing delivery, and the pressure on Valencia is released.
    • 34' Carrick, seemingly going nowhere, suddenly barges through into space on the left and Albelda brings him down. Promising set piece chance.
    • 33' DANGEROUS FROM PABLO! He gets the better of Evra and slides a cross past both Soldado and Mata at the far post. Doesn't get the final touch it needed.
    • 31' A link-up between Berbatov and Nani comes to nothing on the right, but Tino Costa squanders any advantage Valencia might have gained by playing an aimless ball out on the full.
    • 30' Poor back pass which interests Nani, but Cesar Sanchez rushes out quickly to clear up.
    • 29' Navarro tries to pick out a pass for Miguel but Carrick is wise to that one. The game has just gone off the boil a touch in the last ten minutes.
    • 28' Mata, one of Valencia's better known dangermen, has been quiet so far.
    • 28' Another manful chase from Soldado, but Van der Sar clears it just in time.
    • 27' Rafael releases Nani on the right. Nani picks out Anderson but Maduro brings the move to an end.
    • 26' From our friend OptaJoe on Twitter: "18 - Man Utd have only ever won one of 18 European matches away in Spain (v Deportivo La Coruna in April 2002). Quixotic."
    • 25' Evra the next man to be stopped - by Miguel this time - and United have another free kick.
    • 24' Dominguez's run down the left is brought to an end by Rafael. Maduro brings down Berbatov as United move forward.
    • 23' Long cross from Maduro - that isn't going to interest Soldado, although he dutifully chases it as it goes out of play.
    • 22' Mathieu awarded another foul and Valencia can rebuild.
    • 21' Rangers have scored through Naismith in the other game in Group C - they lead Bursaspor 1-0!
    • 20' Park tries a ball for Berbatov, he lays it back towards Fletcher's path - the Scot cannot get there, however.
    • 19' An enjoyable game so far. Very open.
    • 18' ANDERSON CLOSE! Nani's cross is chased by Anderson, but he's got Miguel pressuring from one side and Cesar Sanchez from the other, and the ball goes wide.
    • 17' United looked to have settle well but they've had a couple of twitchy moments!
    • 16' SOLDADO MISSES AN OPEN GOAL! Van der Sar makes a hash of a cross, and it goes straight past to Soldado. Perhaps the Valencia man didn't think it would be falling his way, because he loops the header over the top of the bar!
    • 15' PABLO FLASHES A WARNING SHOT! United make a mess of that! Nani's ball to Carrick causes confusion and Pablo storms forward to have a shot which goes narrowly over.
    • 15' Nani keeps the ball in play with great skill and tries to get United away...
    • 15' Plenty of whip from Tino Costa but nobody gets on to that one and it goes out untouched beyond the far post.
    • 14' Good tussle between Fletcher and Pablo ends with the Scot conceding a free kick from a position where Valencia can try a cross.
    • 13' This is Ferdinand and Vidic's first start together this season. They've not had too much to do so far.
    • 12' Anderson has been the best player on the pitch in the first few minutes - Navarro slices through him to put him in his place, but it's a free kick for United.
    • 11' Anderson finds Nani with a great ball to the right, Nani's low cross is blocked by Mathieu and comes off the Portuguese last.
    • 10' Miguel wins a throw deep in his own half stopping Evra in full flight on the flank.
    • 9' Park tries to bustle through the midfield but Valencia break away.
    • 8' Terrific ball from Anderson to pick out Park - it's a great opportunity for the Brazilian to show what he can do in a red shirt.
    • 8' Great pace from Nani to speed past Mathieu - the Portuguese gives away a free kick but he has the measure of his man for pace.
    • 7' Fletcher appeals for a handball by Albelda as the Spaniard blocks his through ball - not given.
    • 6' A decent move from United which fizzles out for a goal kick. Berbatov loosk to be working hard in these early stages.
    • 5' Nani loses the ball but wins it back and plays it to Carrick, and on to Anderson.
    • 5' Domingez wins a throw on the right hand side as Valencia come forward.
    • 4' Berbatov lets rip from all of twenty-five yards - a very good hit, inches wide - and did it take a deflection? No matter - it's a goal kick.
    • 3' Carrick out looks to pick out Park with a huge long ball but he cannot keep it in play on the left.
    • 3' Soldado meets Miguel whose cross looks to have a good shape but is not challenge for Van der Sar to gather.
    • 2' Unai Emery already on the edge of his technical area encouraging his team.
    • 1' Pablo goes down on the right wing to Anderson's challenge but the referee says play on.
    • 1' The Hungarian referee blows his whistle and we've begun!
    • 19:44 We're about to find out!
    • 19:43 Can United overcome a rebuilt Valencia side? Can either side overcome their injury problems?
    • 19:42 The Champions League music blares out across the Mestalla.
    • 19:41 Here the come the players!
    • 19:40 The players are in the tunnel, all set to emerge on to the field.
    • 19.35 You can follow the other game in Group C by clicking on the link below. Rangers v Bursaspor
    • 19.30 Valencia enjoyed their solitary win over United 28 years ago to this very day. It was a 2-1 succes in the UEFA Cup.
    • 19.25 Michael Carrick and Anderson all feature after various injury problems. United will look to Dimitar Berbatov, Nani and Park Ji-Sung to provide the threat in the forward areas.
    • 19.20 Valencia CF return to a 4-2-3-1 formation with David Albelda in midfield, Juan Mata and Pablo Hernàndez out wide, and Roberto Soldado leading the line.
    • 19.15 United’s last three away games in Spain all ended 0-0. Man Utd’s defeat at Bayern in last season’s Champions League quarter final ended a run of 16 games without defeat away from home and six away wins in a row.
    • 19.10 Valencia have a decent record against English sides in Europe winning seven, drawing four with only two defeats - to Chelsea in the last eight in 2006/07 and 2007/08.
    • 19.05 Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted to have Rio Ferdinand back in his team. 'Rio is much fitter now. He has had plenty of training, a couple of reserve games and matches against Rangers and Scunthorpe. But the important thing is he is coming back and we look forward to having him back.''
    • 19.00 The referee is Viktor Kassai of Hungary.
    • 18.55 Teams: Valencia: Cesar, Miguel, Navarro, Maduro, Mathieu, Pablo, Albelda, Costa, Mata, Dominguez, Soldado. Subs: Moya, Bruno, Topal, Aduriz, Feghouli, Fernandes, Ricardo Costa Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Berbatov, Park Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Smalling, Hernandez, O'Shea, Macheda, Gibson
    • 18.50 United are seeking their 150th win in European competition in what will be their 280th match.
    • 18.45 Good evening and welcome to tonight's live coverage of Valencia v Manchester United in Group C of the Champions League.
  • Summary

    • 85' HERNANDEZ SCORES! UNITED LEAD! It's Macheda's ball flat across to Hernandez on the edge of the box, and he cuts in and places a shot square in the corner. Great finish, great move - a smash and grab win for United?
    • 83' HERNANDEZ HITS THE POST! Nani plays in a great ball to the far post, which gets the faintest of touches from Fletcher and Hernandez cannot steer it in!
    • 76' SHOT FROM FERNANDES! The sub struck from range and Van der Sar felt obliged to tip it around the corner!
    • 73' CHANCE FOR SOLDADO! His header on the run is glanced beyond the far post.
    • 72' Navarro and Vidic tussle for the ball at the far post after the corner goes long - and Vidic is down - Navarro, intentionally or otherwise, stamped on him!
    • 56' BERBATOV! He does tremendously to control the long ball, then getting past Navarro and firing a shot from an angle which Sanchez has to tip out for a corner. Had to make it happen by himself - it's been a lonely evening for the Bulgarian.
    • 49' PABLO GOES CLOSE! Good effort - he cuts in from the right to beat Evra, then fires one on his left just past the far post, but Van der Sar didn't know too much about that fizzing effort!
    • 33' DANGEROUS FROM PABLO! He gets the better of Evra and slides a cross past both Soldado and Mata at the far post. Doesn't get the final touch it needed.
    • 18' ANDERSON CLOSE! Nani's cross is chased by Anderson, but he's got Miguel pressuring from one side and Cesar Sanchez from the other, and the ball goes wide.
    • 16' SOLDADO MISSES AN OPEN GOAL! Van der Sar makes a hash of a cross, and it goes straight past to Soldado. Perhaps the Valencia man didn't think it would be falling his way, because he loops the header over the top of the bar!
    • 15' PABLO FLASHES A WARNING SHOT! United make a mess of that! Nani's ball to Carrick causes confusion and Pablo storms forward to have a shot which goes narrowly over.
    • 18.55 Teams: Valencia: Cesar, Miguel, Navarro, Maduro, Mathieu, Pablo, Albelda, Costa, Mata, Dominguez, Soldado. Subs: Moya, Bruno, Topal, Aduriz, Feghouli, Fernandes, Ricardo Costa Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Berbatov, Park Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Smalling, Hernandez, O'Shea, Macheda, Gibson

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