Tuesday October 18, 2011 Group Stage: Group C Finished Stadionul National Arena

Otelul Galati 0 - 2 Manchester United

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  1. Rooney at the double for United

    Rooney at the double for United

    Wayne Rooney marked his return to the starting XI with a brace of penalty kicks as Manchester United beat Otelul Galati 2-0 in Bucharest. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Otelul Galati
    • Manchester United
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at the Stadionul National in Bucharest, and Manchester United have won this match 2-0 courtesy of a Wayne Rooney double - both from the penalty spot! Both sides finished with 10 men as Nemanja Vidic was shown a straight red, but United will be mightily relieved with the victory! Thanks for joining us. Group C standings
    • 90+1' GOAL!!!!! ROONEY DOUBLES HIS TALLY! The forward picks out the same corner as Grahovac guesses right this time, but to no avail.
    • 90' Penalty! Rooney is hauled down by Antal, and his neat footwork sees him tripped up. No arguments!
    • 89' Nani hits the post! The winger steps inside and unleashes a fierce effort from 30 yards, but the ball rebounds off the near post!
    • 88' There has not been a single Champions League match in which Perendija has not been shown a yellow or red card!
    • 87' RED CARD!!! The referee again has the red card out as he shows Perendija a second yellow. It's all level in that respect!
    • 85' Hernandez does superbly to win a free kick deep inside the Galati half, and that buys the visitors some time.
    • 84' Evans is relieved as Pena handles on the edge of the United box, and United have a chance to clear their lines.
    • 83' Viglianti comes on to replace Punosevac, and Galati make their third and final change.
    • 81' Punosevac goes very close with a volley from the edge of the United box, and his effort drifts just wide of the near post from Filip's cross!
    • 80' Smalling makes another magnificent challenge to stop Perendija in his tracks.
    • 79' Nani lashes a wild shot narrowly wide of the far post as he looks to catch Grahovac off guard from range.
    • 77' Giurgiu is not given a card as he lunges in on Evra, but United are given a free kick on halfway.
    • 76' Manchester United have conceded just 13 fouls in the Champions League, fewer than any other side.
    • 75' Phil Jones is also introduced as he comes on to replace Fabio, and United make their second change.
    • 74' Pena is afforded a free header inside the United box from the corner kick, and no one manages to deal with Frunza's cross!
    • 73' Evans concedes a corner kick, and this could be dangerous as Galati throw bodies forward...
    • 72' Marius Pena replaces Ionut Neagu as Galati make their first substitution of the match.
    • 71' Perendija wins a free kick at the expense of Hernandez, and United are really struggling all of a sudden.
    • 70' Finally, Ferguson manages to bring on Jonny Evans, and United desperately needed another defender.
    • 69' United need to get another centre back on quickly, and Evans or Jones can come on...
    • 68' Antal should score! The Galati winger blasts a volley over the crossbar from inside the United box, and he really should have levelled there!
    • 67' VIDIC IS SENT OFF! Unbelievable! It's a straight red card for Vidic, as he lunges slightly late to clear in the United half, but that was never a red card! A very harsh decision, and this referee is having a very poor match.
    • 66' It's Rooney's 10th goal in his last 15 Champions League ties...
    • 65' GOAL!!!!!! ROONEY BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! Wayne Rooney marks his return to the Manchester United side with a goal as he sends Grahovac the wrong way, and he puts United in front!
    • 64' PENALTY! Rooney skips down the left and sees his dinked cross blocked by Costin's hand... it's a penalty!
    • 63' Rooney goes very close! The cross comes in from Nani out on the left, and Rooney swiftly swivels and turns Rapa, only to drag his shot agonisingly wide of the far post!
    • 63' Nani is very cynically tripped by Neagu, and the forward is booked for that defensive effort.
    • 62' Giurgiu attempts a through ball, but Punosevac is caught offside on this occasion.
    • 61' Valencia and Anderson exchange passes out on the right as the home supporters make themselves heard.
    • 60' Oh dear, Fabio goes down in innocuous fashion out on the right, and he just slips. The physio comes on, and he is struggling.
    • 59' STAT: Otelul Galati are the team with the lowest passing accuracy in this season’s Champions League (66.96%)
    • 58' Neagu latches on to a long ball from Giurgiu, but the offside wrongly brings an abrupt end to his run.
    • 57' Evra surges through the Galati half, before Rapa makes an impeccable challenge. And it needed to be...
    • 56' Perendija flies through the back of Rooney with a very crude challenge, and he is rightly booked for that infringement.
    • 55' The corner is easily cleared away before Carrick is booked very harshly for a sliding challenge on Frunza.
    • 54' Rooney picks up the ball on the edge of the Galati box, and Hernandez eventually wins a corner out on the right.
    • 53' Carrick is playing almost at the back as he drops incredibly deep and launches long passes upfield.
    • 52' Nani whips over the free kick from the right, but it's far too deep and Grahovac claims the high ball in commanding fashion.
    • 51' Valencia feeds Nani with a long ball out to the left, and the winger is again tripped as Rapa is booked. Justice, as Nani would see it.
    • 50' Rapa scythes through the back of Nani, and that was two-footed and nasty. Inexplicably, the referee does not even give him a yellow card!
    • 49' Just a reminder of the United bench, for those of us pondering what possible changes Fergie could make: Owen, Fletcher, Berbatov, Evans, De Gea, Welbeck, Jones.
    • 48' The pace of the game is noticeably quicker in this second half from United, and the urgency is there from the visitors.
    • 47' Evra hurtles down the left at pace and whips over a decent cross, and that is better! Kevin Bailey says "United need to pull their finger out - at this rate they won't qualify"...
    • 46' Ferguson will no doubt have handed out a resplendent rollicking at the break after a sluggish first half, and we're back underway: can United find a few extra gears in this second half?
    • - OlufemiOlojo says: "United were flat footed and were lucky that they didn't concede a goal..." Meanwhile, Ahmed omar mang'eli believes that "United need to get the ball to the forwards with Rooney dropping deep..." What do others think?
    • 45' There is no added time at the end of this first half, and the referee blows for the break with this game still goalless. Galati have looked just as likely as United to score, and Ferguson will surely give his side a right old rollicking after a sloppy opening 45 minutes. What is your assessment of that first half? Get in touch...
    • 44' Evra switches off as the corner is whipped over, and Antal very nearly hits the target with a header which grazes the side netting!
    • 43' Evra is forced to concede a corner with Antal putting him under pressure, and that was due to a poor backward header from Carrick.
    • 42' Poor from Carrick! Nani gets to the left byline superbly and cuts the ball back, only for Carrick to side-foot a wild effort way over the bar from inside the box - very shoddy effort!
    • 41' Anderson is fouled by Frunza, and now United can build from deep inside their own half.
    • 40' Rooney and Hernandez link up superbly in the final third, but the final pass from the Englishman allows Costin to get across and clear.
    • 39' Evra fouls Antal out on the United left, and this is very scrappy so far. United need to find a touch more composure on the ball.
    • 38' Neagu gets to his feet gingerly after clutching his head, and play continues with Nani committing another foul, this time on Rapa.
    • 37' Nani shakes his head in frustration as he is penalised for a foul on Neagu, and the Romanian goes down on halfway.
    • 36' STAT: Manchester United have conceded one goal in their last seven Champions League away games.
    • 35' Fabio looks to link up with Rooney, but the forward misplaces his return pass and puts it straight out of play.
    • 34' Carrick almost picks out Hernandez with a dinked through ball, but the Mexican is beaten to it by Rapa.
    • 33' Antal gets down the right at pace and crosses into the box, but Punosevac is the only player for the hosts in the box.
    • 32' Rooney beats Nani to taking the set piece, but his curled effort is pretty weak as Grahovac saves.
    • 31' Carrick is crudely tripped by Neagu on the edge of the Galati box, and this could be dangerous when it's eventually taken...
    • 30' Rooney receives the ball in a promising position on the edge of the Galati box, but Perendija is swiftly out to block the snap shot.
    • 29' Nani bides his time with an intelligent cross from the left, but Grahovac is commanding in claiming the loose ball.
    • 28' What a run from Filip, who flies forward at pace and latches on to a loose ball before lashing a wild shot over the bar - good effort!
    • 27' Smalling wins a towering header in the United half, but the referee takes exception to it and awards a free kick to the hosts...
    • 26' There has been a goal in the other game in Group C between Basel and Benfica... find out who scored it here!
    • 25' STAT: Only Bayer Leverkusen (39) have committed more fouls than Otelul Galati (38) in this season’s Champions League.
    • 24' Costin places himself perfectly at the near post to intercept Carrick's through ball intended for Rooney, and he clears upfield.
    • 23' United clear the ball away from the set piece, and Carrick sprays a long diagonal ball outwide to Valencia, who loses it to Rapa.
    • 22' Fabio goes in very hard on Frunza, and now Galati have a free kick out on the left. Can they do anything with this?
    • 21' Rooney combines with Valencia - who is now out on the right - but again Galati are handed possession after a tame misplaced pass.
    • 20' Valencia uses his pace to cover for Evra as the defender loses the ball to Giurgiu, and that was sloppy again.
    • 19' There is almost a real scare for United as Lindegaard hammers an attempted clearance straight into the back of Vidic, who stands flat-footed in front of him! The ball lands safely for United.
    • 18' STAT: This is Manchester United’s joint-worst start to a Champions League campaign along with 1998-99 when they also had two points after two matches. They won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble that season.
    • 17' More very sloppy play from United as Fabio misses a simple pass from Smalling out on the right.
    • 16' The home fans begin to make themselves heard after that fleeting visit to the United half, and now the visitors keep the ball.
    • 15' The first chance of the match falls to Neagu, who almost capitalises on a sloppy piece of play from Fabio to drive a low shot on target from the edge of the area, but Lindegaard saves. Antal was screaming for the ball on his right!
    • 14' Vidic, who is making his first start in a United shirt since August 14, brings the ball out from the back, only for Evra to lose the ball out on the left.
    • 13' Rooney has been extremely quiet thus far, but he exchanges passes with Nani outwide before Anderson drives a low shot wide.
    • 12' It's all very slow going from United thus far, and Galati keep the ball on halfway with the travelling supporters pretty disgruntled.
    • 11' Nani combines effectively with Evra down the left, but Galati clear the danger once more thanks to an impeccable challenge from Rapa.
    • 10' Fabio gets down the right, but Valencia gets his flick horribly wrong as he passes the ball tamely straight out of play.
    • 9' Nani gets down the left at pace and dinks over a pretty innocuous delivery which is gathered comfortably by Grahovac, who has a rather threatening looking crew cut.
    • 8' STAT: The only time Manchester United have faced a Romanian side in Europe was in the 2004-05 Champions League qualifier where they won both legs against Dinamo Bucharest.
    • 7' Anderson shows terrific footwork to jink between three challenges in midfield, but Ferguson is furious as he looks to continue his run rather selfishly and loses possession.
    • 6' Lindegaard slices a pretty poor clearance straight out of play as the pass back from Fabio catches him slightly off guard. Galati can push forward now.
    • 5' The travelling United supporters are in full voice as Galati build from the back, with the pressure finally alleviated.
    • 4' United keep the ball in their own half, getting a good platform in this match. Meanwhile, Nevillisco has Tweeted to say the scoreline will be 4-0 with Rooney and Hernandez each bagging a brace. That would do nicely for United.
    • 3' Carrick and Anderson see a lot of the ball as United keep possession, before a through ball from Smalling sees the marauding Fabio caught offside.
    • 2' United stroke the ball around patiently at the back, and the visitors look to settle into their passing game from the outset.
    • 1' The first half is underway, and immediately Ioan Filip gets down the right at pace and wins a throw in for the hosts.
    • 19:45 The teams emerge from the tunnel, with every camera inevitably trained on Rooney. United are in their change strip of blue and black horizontal stripes, if anyone cares. Battleships32 has predicted on Twitter that United will win 3-1 with a Rooney brace and a Vidic strike, and Pena on target for Otelul. What do others think? We're all set...
    • 19:40 Right, it's time for you all to post your pre-match predictions ahead of tonight's match... what do you think the scoreline will be, and who do you back to score? Get in touch with me on Twitter...
    • 19:35 They're playing in Bucharest because Otelul's stadium doesn't meet Uefa's standards - it only holds 13,000. Around 10,000 Otelul fans have made the trip apparently, their numbers being bulked out by around 20,000 Bucharest locals.
    • 19:30 It's quite startling that Galati themselves have had to travel 150 miles to play this 'home' game at the National Arena. Galati won their first ever league title last season, and will be looking to spring a very unlikely surprise on Ferguson's men this evening.
    • 19:25 The Galati president has come out today and said all his club want from this evening is to avoid being humiliated and, judging by the match odds, that is entirely understandable: Otelul Galati 17/1, Manchester United 2/9, Draw 11/2.
    • 19:20 DORINEL MUNTEANU: "I am convinced of that. I have only been a coach for five years, so it is fairly obvious to say this will be the biggest night of my career. But I intend there to be many more."
    • 19:15 FERGUSON: “Our Euro campaign has certainly not gone the way we’d hoped. There’s no cause for panic yet. But four games left with only two points on the board, and Basel and Benfica on four points, isn’t what I had hoped for.”
    • 19:10 The one player Ferguson did leave at home, other than currently injured duo Tom Cleverley and Rafael, was Rio Ferdinand given United have so far picked up only two points from their opening couple of games, ensuring all thoughts of the impending confrontation with the blue half of Manchester are set aside. City are in action too this evening, and you can check in with their match against Villarreal at any point...
    • 19:05 THE TEAMS IN FULL: Otelul Galati: Grahovac, Rapa, Perendija, Antal, Frunza, Costin, Filip, Salageanu, Neagu, Giurgiu, Punosevac. Subs: Branet, Skubic, Iorga, Ilie, Sarghi, Pena, Viglianti /// Man Utd: Lindegaard, Fabio Da Silva, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Anderson, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Owen, Berbatov, Welbeck, Fletcher
    • 19:00 Manchester United: Lindegaard, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Fabio, Anderson, Carrick, Nani, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Owen, Fletcher, Berbatov, Evans, De Gea, Welbeck, Jones
    • 18:55 Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw in their opening game against Benfica at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon on September 14, before a hugely disappointing 3-3 draw with FC Basel at Old Trafford, but the visitors will be looking for a big response at the Stadionul National Arena in Bucharest. Group C standings, fixtures and results
    • 18:50 Under normal circumstances, a trip to face the ailing Romanian champions, sandwiched in between key Premier League fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester City would be the cue for Ferguson to rest many of his senior players but, after squandering a two-goal lead against Basle at Old Trafford three weeks ago, this is a match United desperately need to win.
    • 18:45 TEAM NEWS: Wayne Rooney will start after being left on the bench for the 1-1 draw against Liverpool. "He'll be playing," said Sir Alex Ferguson. Rio Ferdinand has been left out of Manchester United's squad. The England defender was also rested for United's trip to Benfica last month, but Nemanja Vidic returns to the backline. Dimitar Berbatov, who also missed the Anfield contest, is included in the squad while Phil Jones has recovered from a knock he picked up on Saturday.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Champions League clash between Otelul Galati and Manchester United. Kick-off is at 7.45pm UK time, we'll have all the team news and build-up from an hour before then.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' GOAL!!!!! ROONEY DOUBLES HIS TALLY! The forward picks out the same corner as Grahovac guesses right this time, but to no avail.
    • 90' Penalty! Rooney is hauled down by Antal, and his neat footwork sees him tripped up. No arguments!
    • 89' Nani hits the post! The winger steps inside and unleashes a fierce effort from 30 yards, but the ball rebounds off the near post!
    • 87' RED CARD!!! The referee again has the red card out as he shows Perendija a second yellow. It's all level in that respect!
    • 81' Punosevac goes very close with a volley from the edge of the United box, and his effort drifts just wide of the near post from Filip's cross!
    • 74' Pena is afforded a free header inside the United box from the corner kick, and no one manages to deal with Frunza's cross!
    • 68' Antal should score! The Galati winger blasts a volley over the crossbar from inside the United box, and he really should have levelled there!
    • 67' VIDIC IS SENT OFF! Unbelievable! It's a straight red card for Vidic, as he lunges slightly late to clear in the United half, but that was never a red card! A very harsh decision, and this referee is having a very poor match.
    • 65' GOAL!!!!!! ROONEY BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! Wayne Rooney marks his return to the Manchester United side with a goal as he sends Grahovac the wrong way, and he puts United in front!
    • 64' PENALTY! Rooney skips down the left and sees his dinked cross blocked by Costin's hand... it's a penalty!
    • 63' Rooney goes very close! The cross comes in from Nani out on the left, and Rooney swiftly swivels and turns Rapa, only to drag his shot agonisingly wide of the far post!
    • 42' Poor from Carrick! Nani gets to the left byline superbly and cuts the ball back, only for Carrick to side-foot a wild effort way over the bar from inside the box - very shoddy effort!
    • 28' What a run from Filip, who flies forward at pace and latches on to a loose ball before lashing a wild shot over the bar - good effort!
    • 19' There is almost a real scare for United as Lindegaard hammers an attempted clearance straight into the back of Vidic, who stands flat-footed in front of him! The ball lands safely for United.
    • 15' The first chance of the match falls to Neagu, who almost capitalises on a sloppy piece of play from Fabio to drive a low shot on target from the edge of the area, but Lindegaard saves. Antal was screaming for the ball on his right!
    • 19:05 THE TEAMS IN FULL: Otelul Galati: Grahovac, Rapa, Perendija, Antal, Frunza, Costin, Filip, Salageanu, Neagu, Giurgiu, Punosevac. Subs: Branet, Skubic, Iorga, Ilie, Sarghi, Pena, Viglianti /// Man Utd: Lindegaard, Fabio Da Silva, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Anderson, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Owen, Berbatov, Welbeck, Fletcher

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