Tuesday September 27, 2011 Group Stage: Group C Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 3 - 3 FC Basel

  • Welbeck 16’, 17’
  • Young 90’
  • Frei 58’
  • Frei 60’, 76’ (pen.)

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  1. Young rescues draw for poor United

    Young rescues draw for poor United

    Ashley Young rescued a 3-3 draw for Manchester United against Basel after the English champions blew a 2-0 lead in Champions League Group C. More

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    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • FC Basel
    • 90+5' There goes the whistle! A 3-3 draw. What a match. United salvage the draw. Lucky to get out of that with a point.
    • 90+4' Berbatov thumps a shot into the side of the net and that could have been an unlikely winner. Surely full-time now.
    • 90+2' Dragovic almost scores from his own half. Launched the ball long with De Gea off his line. The United keeper was struggling, but the ball just goes inches wide. Phew....what a finish that would have been.....
    • 90+1' Welbeck heads inches wide. That could have been a winner for United. So close from Nani's cross.
    • 89' Four minutes to be added...
    • 88' GOAL!! Young scores for United. Header at the back post from Nani's cross and the home side have levelled in the final minute. Basel switched off and paid the price.
    • 87' Alexander Frei departs to be replaced by Taulant Xhaka for Basel.
    • 86' Berbatov heads towards goal from Jones' cross. Saved by Sommer. More claims for a penalty, but again...nothing doing....clock is against United.....
    • 85' United trying to pick out space. Young goes down in the box, but never a penalty there. Basel have the goalkick.
    • 84' Clever play by Young, but can't pick Berbatov in the middle. United with only two men left at the back. They are going all out for a draw.
    • 83' Nani caught offside. Basel will take those all night long. On the cusp of a famous victory. Remember Basel now heading for two straight wins in this section.
    • 82' Fine cross by Nani, but Welbeck can't head home in the middle. Basel survive that attack.
    • 81' Berbatov thrown into the action to replace Anderson for United.
    • 80' Young smacks a shot at goal from the edge of the area, but never had the pace to trouble Sommer. Solid save by the Swiss keeper.
    • 79' Scott Chipperfield has replaced Fabian Frei while Streller departs to be replaced by Kwang Ryong Pak.
    • 78' Zoua is penalised for the foul on Evra. Changes then for Basel.
    • 77' Has been a poor peformance by United. Jones on the ball before Young's cross is claimed by Sommer.
    • 76' That was a terrific penalty from Frei. Little more than the Swiss side deserve. They have been the better side throughout this match. United rocking.
    • 75' GOAL!! Alexander Frei slams the penalty high to the right of De Gea as the keeper dived left. Would you believe it! Basel lead 3-2.
    • 74' PENALTY TO BASEL! Valencia brings down Streller in the box after Jones failed to clear the danger. What a chance now this is for the visiting side.
    • 73' Zoua on the ball for Basel, but slipshod play as he gives the ball. Nani does likewise moments later. Very shoddy play.
    • 72' This match in the balance. Welbeck can't control the ball as it breaks off him before running into the path of Sommer.
    • 71' Abraham forces Welbeck to take it wide. Park Ji Sung seemed to be fouled on the edge of the Basel box, but the referee waves play on.
    • 70' Xhaka is booked for a late, lunging foul on Young.
    • 69' Zoua almost in for the third goal for Basel. Streller again doing well up front for Basel. Jones relieved to be given the chance to clear the danger.
    • 68' Nani wheeled on for Fabio. Can Nani bring some magic to the play with the score level at 2-2?
    • 67' Fabio in a spot of bother for United. Looks like he has taken a sore one on his ankle. Change coming for United.
    • 66' Young's cross is met by Valencia at the back post, but he can head into the arms of Sommer in the visiting goal.
    • 65' More frustration for United as Welbeck fails to keep the ball in play. Dimitar Berbatov looks on from the technical area.
    • 64' Abraham decides to go on a charge forwards, but he overhits the pass and De Gea can launch this down the park.
    • 63' The visiting fans in a party mood and little wonder. Their side is right in this contest as Basel clear Evra's cross.
    • 62' Zoua is fouled by Fabio and the visiting side have a free-kick. Jones rises to head out Alexander Frei's delivery.
    • 61' Park Ji Sung replaces Giggs for United. Ferguson looking none too impressed, and little wonder.
    • 60' Basel well in this game. Have been the dominant force. United struggling badly out there.
    • 59' GOAL!! Alexander Frei rises to head home the cross from Fabian Frei. That was a superb cross and a superb finish. What a change in this match. 2-2 now.
    • 58' Can't say that goal wasn't coming as Basel continue on the attack. Alexander Frei and Ferdinand tangle on the edge of the box before United clear. Lucky that wasn't a foul for Basel.
    • 57' GOAL! Fabian Frei scores for Basel!! Fine finish as he slams the ball home via a post after De Gea had halted Streller's powerful header. 2-1 now to United.
    • 56' Fabio chests the cross from Steinhofer beyond the post for a corner to the visiting side.
    • 55' Park of Basel does well to win the ball from Fabio. Streller then sees more space in the United box, but opts for a pass and Ferdinand comes across to tackle.
    • 54' Jones again forced to win a header above Streller before Valencia does well to stop the ball going for a corner.
    • 53' Welbeck rising in the area, but can't get the header on target. Ferdinand with the ball at the back for United seconds later.
    • 52' Valencia's cross is blocked by Park. United go short before Giggs' shot is straight at Sommer. Glorious chance for number three.
    • 51' United with eight shots on goal. Basel with eight shots on goal. Says it all that Basel have yet to net as Xhaka's shot is charged down.
    • 50' Zoua plays in Streller, but De Gea makes a stunning stop. What a save that is! But another miss by the visiting side. Missing far too many chances.
    • 49' Jones across to knock the ball away from the dangerous Streller, who has been a real handful this evening.
    • 48' All a bit quiet at Old Trafford. Not one of these electric atmospheres for which Old Trafford has become renowed on European nights.
    • 47' Young sticks the ball in the net from Valencia's pass, but he was well offside. On we go. Basel looking very exposed when United attack.
    • 46' Off we go in the second half. United will be hoping for a better defensive performance. Were cut open far too easily in that half.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for the break! A 2-0 lead for United. The home fans will be hoping for more of the same in the second half.
    • 44' Not going to be much time added to this half.
    • 43' Sommer knocks the ball long down the park as Basel try to grab one back before the break.
    • 42' Anderson and Valencia combine, but Valencia is offside. Poor play from him out wide. Has been a strange match. United lead, but Basel have had plenty of chances.
    • 41' Streller with the latest Basel effort at goal. This time a header fairly whizzes over the United bar.
    • 40' Superb stop by Sommer to block the effort by Valencia! Looked a certain goal, but the Basel keeper did very well.
    • 39' Giggs picks out Welbeck. Fine cross, but the striker's control just lets him down at the edge of the box. United continue on the attack.
    • 38' Giggs's shot comes off the Basel wall before Steinhofer clears the danger. Giggs slips as he tries to go past Steinhofer as Basel whack the ball long.
    • 37' Cabral takes down Young 25 yards out and United have a great chance from a free-kick.
    • 36' Basel were six games unbeaten heading into this one, but that record is likely to go tonight. Have missed so many chance this evening.
    • 35' Zoua plays a one-two with Streller before Alexander Frei heads over the bar. Another chance goes abegging for him.
    • 34' Alexander Frei is offside and is booked for kicking the ball away.
    • 33' Alexander Frei concedes a free-kick for a foul on Welbeck, who sees a shot saved by Sommer moments later. United looking dangerous when they atttack at pace.
    • 32' Steinhofer certainly getting forward for Basel, but Young continues to work tirelessly as he races back to close down space and clear.
    • 31' Cabral fouls Young and United can launch an attack here, but Evra's intended pass to Carrick is cut out by the visitors.
    • 30' Evra does well to dash to the byline. Looking for a red shirt, but Basel have enough bodies in place to deal with the danger from the cutback.
    • 29' Ferdinand happy to knock the ball back to De Gea under pressure from Streller. United really need to tighten up the defence.
    • 28' Delightful ball in by Young. Superb delivery, but no takers as Carrick hung deep and the ball flies past a post.
    • 27' Giggs whacks a shot at goal as the shot flies over the bar. Deflected effort. Corner to United.
    • 26' Fabian Frei plays in Zoua, but he knocks the shot into the side of the net. Awful defending by United. Basel could have had four goals by now.
    • 25' Welbeck, Fabio and Valencia all combining well. United content to keep the ball for as long as possible.
    • 24' Basel paying dearly for those missed chances as Giggs overhits a pass looking for Welbeck. Basel back on the ball.
    • 23' Another glorious chance as Streller sets up Alexander Frei, but he knocks the shot wide of the goal. That should have been a goal. Wasteful.
    • 22' United relishing getting on the ball as you would expect before Jones overhits a pass from the back. Basel continue to attack the home team.
    • 21' Another decent move by Basel. Good close passing before Alexander Frei thumps a shot over the bar from the edge of the box.
    • 20' Abraham having to cover the run of Fabio, who was sent clear by Welbeck. United well in command.
    • 19' Fergie looked a bit relaxed as he munches on his chewing gum in the technical area. Basel scramble clear the cross from Valencia. Basel being put through the mill out there.
    • 18' Who would want to be Basel now? Looked to have made a decent start, but are suddenly facing a rout. More goals in this match for the home side surely.
    • 17' GOAL!! United go 2-0 clear. Welbeck with his second goal in two minutes as he converts from the cross of Giggs. The visiting full-backs nowhere to be seen. 2-0 now.
    • 16' GOAL!! Welbeck scores for United!! Fabio supplies Giggs and he sets up Welbeck to sink the opening goal. Ball hit a post before trundling in, but they all count. United lead 1-0.
    • 15' Alexander Frei tailed by Jones before Young bounds down a flank. Giggs supplies Anderson, but he overruns the ball. Poor play as Basel clear.
    • 14' Valencia picks out Young with a fine cross. He hammers the shot at goal, but straight at Sommer in the visiting goal.
    • 13' Streller lucky to avoid a booking after whacking a shot off the bar when the whistle had clearly sounded. United trying to get back on the front foot.
    • 12' Jones slips the ball wide to Ferdinand before Fabio collects. He then gives the ball away before Streller is caught offside.
    • 11' Zoua's shot at goal comes off the foot of Young for a corner, which De Gea comes to collect seconds later. Basel then pick it up deep in their half.
    • 10' United with a corner then. Giggs hoists it to the back post, but Sommer comes out to collect the cross ball. Decent handling skills.
    • 9' Welbeck almost in there again after Giggs had sent Fabio racing clear. Basel living dangerously at the back.
    • 8' What a chance for United! Superb cross from Young, but Valencia can't head home at the back post. Glorious opportunity gone as the ball flies back across goal to safety.
    • 7' Steinhofer back to put the ball out of play under pressure from Young. The visiting side certainly not looking overawed as Sommer knocks it long up the pitch.
    • 6' Ferdinand doing just enough to put the forward off. Certainly not a typical United start at the Theatre of Dreams.
    • 5' Chance for Basel! Fabian Frei races onto the pass from Streller, but he lifts the ball over the bar from inside the area. What a chance that was!
    • 4' Evra chased by Alexander Frei. Gets the ball back to De Gea, who has to keep an eye on it before hammering it up the park.
    • 3' Streller involved in some lovely build-up play with Frei, but he opts to go for another pass rather than shoot and Jones can clear for United.
    • 2' Valencia concedes a free-kick on Park Joo Ho. Basel making a spirited start to the evening.
    • 1' So off we go at Old Trafford. Basel serious underdogs in this one.
    • 19.42 Sir Alex Ferguson in relaxed mood signing a few autographs. We are almost ready to go.
    • 19.40 Teams on the way out. United in red and Basel in white. Should be a typically rousing encounter.
    • 19.35 Sir Alex Ferguson is relishing the chance of Champions League action. "The Champions League is the best competition in the world now, better than the World Cup, better than the European Championships, it's a fantastic tournament," he said. "But it's not a golden period for us because we have lost two finals, so I don't think it can be called a golden period."
    • 19.30 Basel have never won in seven visits to England and since drawing at both Liverpool FC and United in their debut UEFA Champions League campaign in 2002/03, have lost at Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham.
    • 19.25 Remember you can follow every Champions League match LIVE right here! every Champions League match LIVE right here!
    • 19.20 Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has gone with Danny Welbeck to lead the line for this evening's clash. Poor old Dimi Berbatov can't even get a game when Rooney and Hernandez are both out...
    • 19.15 Giggs starts for United tonight, and no wonder: the Welshman may not be able to control his primal urges, but he sure knows how to control a football and has either scored or provided an assist for seven of United's last 12 Champions League goals.
    • 19.10 Only two Swiss sides have ever managed to win in England in European competition: Grasshoppers Zurich at West Brom in the 1981/82 UEFA Cup and Lucerne at Tottenham Hotspur in the 1995 Intertoto Cup. I can't believe we just counted the Intertoto Cup in that stat. Let's change that and say "only one Swiss side have ever won in England..."
    • 19.05 Manchester Utd have only lost one of their last 32 Champions League games at Old Trafford, that was against Besiktas in November 2009.
    • 19.00 TEAMS: Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Welbeck, Young. Subs: Lindegaard, Owen, Berbatov, Park, Nani, Fletcher, Diouf ///// Basel: Sommer, Steinhofer, Abraham, Dragovic, Park, Fabian Frei, Cabral, Zoua, Granit Xhaka, Alexander Frei, Streller. Subs: Colomba, Ajeti, Schurpf, Chipperfield, Taulant Xhaka, Kovac, Pak
    • 18.55 The Swiss champions also have a long injury list, however, with Australian midfield star Scott Chipperfield among the absentees.
    • 18.50 United are without Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez for tonight's match. Both are carrying minor knocks.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage as Alex Ferguson's men host the Swiss champions at Old Trafford. Kick-off is at 7.45pm UK time, but we'll be here from an hour beforehand with the latest team news and pre-match build-up.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' Berbatov thumps a shot into the side of the net and that could have been an unlikely winner. Surely full-time now.
    • 90+2' Dragovic almost scores from his own half. Launched the ball long with De Gea off his line. The United keeper was struggling, but the ball just goes inches wide. Phew....what a finish that would have been.....
    • 90+1' Welbeck heads inches wide. That could have been a winner for United. So close from Nani's cross.
    • 88' GOAL!! Young scores for United. Header at the back post from Nani's cross and the home side have levelled in the final minute. Basel switched off and paid the price.
    • 75' GOAL!! Alexander Frei slams the penalty high to the right of De Gea as the keeper dived left. Would you believe it! Basel lead 3-2.
    • 74' PENALTY TO BASEL! Valencia brings down Streller in the box after Jones failed to clear the danger. What a chance now this is for the visiting side.
    • 59' GOAL!! Alexander Frei rises to head home the cross from Fabian Frei. That was a superb cross and a superb finish. What a change in this match. 2-2 now.
    • 57' GOAL! Fabian Frei scores for Basel!! Fine finish as he slams the ball home via a post after De Gea had halted Streller's powerful header. 2-1 now to United.
    • 52' Valencia's cross is blocked by Park. United go short before Giggs' shot is straight at Sommer. Glorious chance for number three.
    • 50' Zoua plays in Streller, but De Gea makes a stunning stop. What a save that is! But another miss by the visiting side. Missing far too many chances.
    • 40' Superb stop by Sommer to block the effort by Valencia! Looked a certain goal, but the Basel keeper did very well.
    • 35' Zoua plays a one-two with Streller before Alexander Frei heads over the bar. Another chance goes abegging for him.
    • 26' Fabian Frei plays in Zoua, but he knocks the shot into the side of the net. Awful defending by United. Basel could have had four goals by now.
    • 23' Another glorious chance as Streller sets up Alexander Frei, but he knocks the shot wide of the goal. That should have been a goal. Wasteful.
    • 17' GOAL!! United go 2-0 clear. Welbeck with his second goal in two minutes as he converts from the cross of Giggs. The visiting full-backs nowhere to be seen. 2-0 now.
    • 16' GOAL!! Welbeck scores for United!! Fabio supplies Giggs and he sets up Welbeck to sink the opening goal. Ball hit a post before trundling in, but they all count. United lead 1-0.
    • 14' Valencia picks out Young with a fine cross. He hammers the shot at goal, but straight at Sommer in the visiting goal.
    • 9' Welbeck almost in there again after Giggs had sent Fabio racing clear. Basel living dangerously at the back.
    • 8' What a chance for United! Superb cross from Young, but Valencia can't head home at the back post. Glorious opportunity gone as the ball flies back across goal to safety.
    • 5' Chance for Basel! Fabian Frei races onto the pass from Streller, but he lifts the ball over the bar from inside the area. What a chance that was!
    • 19.00 TEAMS: Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Welbeck, Young. Subs: Lindegaard, Owen, Berbatov, Park, Nani, Fletcher, Diouf ///// Basel: Sommer, Steinhofer, Abraham, Dragovic, Park, Fabian Frei, Cabral, Zoua, Granit Xhaka, Alexander Frei, Streller. Subs: Colomba, Ajeti, Schurpf, Chipperfield, Taulant Xhaka, Kovac, Pak

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