Tuesday March 5, 2013 Last 16 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 1 - 2 Real Madrid

  • Ramos 48’ (o.g.)
  • Modric 66’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 69’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Real Madrid
    • - Tweet away with your anguish or delight @Reda_Eurosport; meanwhile, Dortmund are through. We'll be back tomorrow as Celtic try to launch an unlikely comeback against Juventus, while PSG lead Valencia but do not have Ibra. Twitter
    • - United surround the ref, clapping ironically and pointing fingers. He keeps his mouth shut and Ferdinand offers a handshake, which he accepts. Well done Rio.
    • 90+5 Mourinho has already started walking and the whistle goes. Fergie points at the ref, he is furious and the post-match conference will be amusing to say the least. Real are through, United out.
    • 90+4 Ronaldo with an audacious attempt on goal from the right wing, meaning De Gea has to put behind for a corner. Time wasting as they do so, obviously, and taking it short...
    • 90+3 Ramos appears to foul Valencia but he gets away with it! United have not been buried but it's too late I think.
    • 90+2 Valencia wins a corner for United on the right which Giggs will swing in. No, Van Persie will take it AND VIDIC SURELY BUT LOPEZ WITH A MAGNIFICENT SAVE! What a stop!
    • 90+1 De Gea makes a good stop from Ronaldo as Real look to exploit massive gaps at the back. FIVE minutes have been added.
    • 90' Lopez is feigning injury after Van Persie brushed against him. He was fine when he got up to throw it out but is now in agony. And why not?
    • 89' The ball ricochets back off the post and into De Gea's arms! Kaka with the effort!
    • 88' Pepe gets his customary booking for a foul on the United left. Young to swing it in... Four red shirts fly in but Ramos nods it away.
    • 88' UNITED SUB: Valencia comes on for Rafael, who looks distraught.
    • 87' Young wide to Rooney on the right, he crosses and Van Persie flies into the volley but Varane hooks it clear before he connects.
    • 86' Rafael pops up on the right, now Carrick with a cross but poor and Pepe heads clear.
    • 85' Ronaldo on the run now but his low shot is easy for De Gea. United have around eight minutes including extras to score twice. They've had their chances!
    • 84' Young with a fantastic cross that Rooney knocks down FOR VAN PERSIE but his effort is blocked AND ROONEY WITH THE VOLLEY but it's blocked over! Corner.
    • 83' ANOTHER GREAT SAVE LOPEZ! Rooney slid Van Persie in down the left but Lopez kept out his finish!
    • 82' GREAT SAVE LOPEZ! Giggs with a superb cross from a short corner and Carrick flew in with a flicked header but Lopez showed great reflexed to palm it away!
    • 81' UNITED SUB: Young is on for Welbeck, who has tired.
    • 80' Welbeck with a vicious drive against Ramos but it hit his chest, whatever United claim. The loose ball drops to Carrick, who thrashes it over.
    • 79' Higuain almost goes all the way before running into Rafael, now Modric has another effort but it's deflected into De Gea's arms.
    • 78' Real now stroking it about comfortably. United chasing shadows.
    • 77' Unless Rooney does something ridiculous, I can't see how United are going to get back into this.
    • 76' A high cross almost reaches the overlapping Evra but it lands beyond him.
    • 75' Welbeck goes down under a challenge from Ramos on the edge of the box but the ref ingores him. Ramos stuck out an arm but the ref decided it was not a foul. Interesting.
    • 74' Welbeck heads weakly at Lopez after a promising United move. They have to go for it now.
    • 73' UNITED SUB: Rooney replaces Cleverley. Can he respond to being dropped?
    • 73' Another booking, Kaka this time on the United right.
    • 72' The referee books Carrick for dissent as he thought Khedira handled in that incident.
    • 72' MADRID SUB: Ozil replaced by Pepe as Real go back to four in defence. Ramos to go RB. United win a corner off Khedira...
    • 71' Free-kick United pumped into the box, Vidic and Welbeck fail to get shots away before Ramos hoofs to touch for a throw.
    • 70' Ronaldo refuses to celebrate. United need to score twice now, with 10 men. Game over. Game ruined by that red card.
    • 69' GOAL REAL MADRID! RONALDO WITH THE FAR POST TAP-IN! Fantastic drive across goal from Higuain, evading everyone as the last one but this time Ronaldo read it and peeled off Rafael to score.
    • 68' Giggs on the right takes on Coentrao but he runs it out for a goal kick. Fergie is still furious with that dismissal.
    • 67' Brilliant shot from Modric after he got past Carrick a bit too easily. From 20 yards, only his second for Madrid. United heading for extra time with 10 men. Mourinho had Benzema ready to come on but he waves him back.
    • 66' GOAL REAL MADRDI! Luka Modric with a fantastic long-range shot off the post and in! Monstrous effort from the man who is a bit-part player at Real.
    • 65' Giggs with a superb bit of defending to clear as he urges Old Trafford to keep the noise up.
    • 64' Scrappy as Cleverley gives it away to Ronaldo but United get it away and could counter now as Welbeck and Giggs combine FOR VAN PERSIE but his vicious long-range drive is well held by Lopez!
    • 63' Modric with a vicious low cross-shot that could go anywhere but Khedira's touch spins it up in the air and Vidic bicycle-kicks clear!
    • 63' The replay shows that goal-line block from Rafael was incredible - Varane's header had actually been met a second time by Ramos, but from point-blank range Rafael blocked it. May have hit his arm but point blank so no way handball.
    • 62' Kaka wins his side a corner off compatriot Kaka. All Real now. Modric with the corner AND VARANE FLIES IN FOR THE GOAL but Rafael somehow springs up to head it off the line! What a block! Another corner...
    • 61' United clear the danger from that as Evra gives chase. Can they counter from here? No, Welbeck runs into Modric.
    • 60' Fergie is running down the line urging the home fans to roar their 10-man team on. Ferdinand almost lets Kaka in but he recovers to scoop it out for a corner. The boos are deafening - it's just like Istanbul!
    • 59 REAL SUB: Modric replaces Arbeloa as Madrid go 3-5-2.
    • 58' The free-kick is cleared but Real come again - Kaka blasts well over though. Boos ring around Old Trafford.
    • - Shock and horror around Old Trafford but I thought Nani went in very high on Arbeloa there, he booted him in the chest. I'd have given a yellow, but you see people get dismissed for that in Europe.
    • 57' The replay shows that Nani went in with a high boot on Arbeloa and the referee has sent him off! He is shocked and Fergie is furious!
    • 56' Lopez rushes out to kick clear as Welbeck got in. Almost a dodgy one but Real have it back. Now Arbeloa and Nani collide... Both are down rolling about but Nani will be booked as his foot was raised.
    • 55' Arbeloa on the right wing for Madrid, inside to Ozil, who returns it to Higuain WHO FLASHES A GLORIOUS CROSS ACROSS THE FACE OF GOAL but no-one gets there and it skips wide of the back stick!
    • 54' Alonso picks out Ronaldo, who shoots at Vidic from a long way out. You'll need more space and time to beat De Gea from there.
    • 53' Ozil swings in the corner, with Khedira rising but Vidic powers it clear. Now Ozil crosses but Van Persie hammers the ball upfield.
    • 52' Ronaldo goes on a driving run, stepovers and the rest but Rio smacks it to touch. Corner Madrid.
    • 51' Real have their tails up all of a sudden, quieting the United fans as they pile it on United.
    • 50' Ramos brings the ball forward as he tries to make up for that but United clear.
    • 49' Real look stunned by that strike but it came after a sustained period of United pressure.
    • 48' GOAL UNITED! SERGIO RAMOS OWN GOAL!! Welbeck and Van Persie spurned chances to break the deadlock as they failed to finish when Rafael's ball cannoned around the box, Nani picks it up and his low cross hits Welbeck then Ramos to nestle past Lopez. 1-0!
    • 47' Ronaldo runs at Ferdinand now, trying to find Kaka but Vidic comes wide to clear for a throw.
    • 46' Early corner for United as Nani goes on the run. Nope, a throw, my bad thought it was deeper. Short from Evra to Cleverley, who goes back to Vidic. He launches it in but Real clear.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - Possession seems to be at around 60% for Real, but that does not tell the story as for much of that they have passed it around the defence. Both sides have had eight attempts, with United getting five on target to Real's six (Vidic off the post counts as off target). Three efforts blocked apiece. Very even.
    • - What did you make of that half? United seem to be in charge, but Real look dangerous on the break. Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW HERE!
    • 45+1 The single minute of injury time is up and it's goalless at Old Trafford - United have had the best chances but Real have threatened, they need to score though as United lead on away goals.
    • 45+1 Ronaldo with a shimmy and a left-foot drive but it's high, wide and not as handsome as he thinks he is.
    • 45' Welbeck feels he was caught as he gave chase down the left, and he collides with the advertising hoardings. Play on says the ref.
    • 44' REAL SUB: Kaka is on for Di Maria. Real will have to look for more possession and less for quick breaks now.
    • 43' Kaka is warming up. I like. Looks like I was harsh on Di Maria, although in my view Kaka should have started due to his good recent form and ability through the middle; United are stronger wide in midfield.
    • 42' Di Maria needs a bit of treatment but then he often does. Breather for both sets of players.
    • 41' Giggs with a nice pass to Welbeck but Varane makes a superb challenge to intercept as the England striker took it down on the turn!
    • 40' Dortmund are 2-0 up at home to Shakhtar Donetsk. 4-2 on aggregate, the Ukrainians will need a mighty comeback now. Follow Dortmund-Shakhtar here!
    • 39' Khedira on the ball, inside to Ozil who is forced backwards to Coentrao. Real needing a bit of keep-ball. This match has been too close to call so far. Now Alonso swings a hollywood ball out for a throw. Cheers from the home fans who remember his Liverpool days.
    • 38' Down the other end Arbeloa is booked for chopping down Evra after losing out to him. Back to that penalty appeal, no foul at all, Ramos stood his ground as the ball dropped between them. Solid defending.
    • 37' Cool defending from Ferdinand and De Gea as they play United out of trouble when Alonso released Ozil. Now United counter, Giggs feeds Rafael, who takes on Ramos and goes down but no penalty!
    • 36' Vidic is all right but Lopez is looking shaky - United need to put more high ball on him. Not the same player as he was at Villarreal a few years back, lost confidence when they went down and couldn't get in Sevilla's team.
    • 35' Giggs floats in the corner AND VIDIC FLIES IN BUT HEADS OVER! Lopez flapped - and took Vidic out as well - and the Serb is down.
    • 34' DOUBLE SAVE FROM LOPEZ! Van Persie snuck in down the left and fired a hammer of a shot which Lopez batted away, and Welbeck flies in for the follow-up only to find Lopez in his way! Corner. First save was poor, second brilliant.
    • 33' Di Maria's corner is too deep but Ozil picks it up on the right. High ball in and Ramos beats Van Persie to the header but the whistle is long gone as Higuain pokes it in; Ramos led with the arm.
    • 32' United survive that corner but Real come again as Di Maria sends Higuain in down the left side of the box but a superb rush and block by De Gea. Corner.
    • 31' Ramos reads Cleverley's ball as Welbeck and Van Persie rushed in. Good defending. but where is Nani as Khedira finds acres on the right? Now Carrick blocks Higuain's cross as he tried to find Ronaldo. Corner again.
    • 30' Ronaldo takes on Rafael, but the United man blocks his cross. Corner. Van Persie clears the corner, now Ozil puts it back in but Khedira's header loops into De Gea's arms.
    • 29' United take it down the other end as they put some pressure back on Real. Nani tries a shot from range but it's blocked. Now Cleverley finds Van Persie on the right side of the box but a heavy touch plays it to Khedira.
    • 28' Di Maria on the left, now Higuain, back to Khedira who lofts it in for Ronaldo, who has beaten Rafael but the half-volley is blocked by Vidic!
    • 27' Coentrao with a super drag-back / nutmeg combination to deceive Cleverley, who dumps him to the turf.
    • 26' Nani swings the corner to the far post where Van Persie back-pedals into a bicycle kick that he misses completely. Where's Peter Crouch when you need him? Goal kick.
    • 25' Van Persie with a lovely touch and pass to release Welbeck, he races away but Ramos gets back with a slide tackle before the England striker can shoot.
    • 25' Real's possession spell ends as Khedira loses a foot race with Evra before shoving the left-back to the ground. United free-kick.
    • 24' Ronaldo digs out a low cross from a tight angle but Cleverley is there to hoof clear. Boos about and Real start to stroke it about.
    • 23' Giggs gives it away and Ronaldo is on it. He tracks back though, but Ronaldo has offloaded and now it's on the right wing with Arbeloa. United have men back, slowing Madrid down.
    • 22' Suddenly United are all over Real, but Jose's boys don't mind that as they are a counter-attacking team. United need to keep their wits about them.
    • 21' A delay with the corner as the ref speaks to Welbeck about blocking Lopez. Welbeck returns to his position in front of Lopez. The corner comes in AND VIDIC WITH A FLYING HEADER OFF THE POST! And it bounces off Welbeck but into Lopez's arms! Welbeck was offside anyway, but the chance was Vidic's!
    • 20' Giggs earns a corner for United after bullying Coentrao on the United right. How old?
    • 19' Di Maria chucks himself to the floor after being tackled by Cleverley but the ref turns away unimpressed. United break but Carrick's through-ball is intercepted by Khedira.
    • 18' Evra hauls down Di Maria after the winger flicked a header past the Frenchman. Booking.
    • 18' Surging run from Nani down the left but Varane hurls his body in the way of the cross for a corner. Great pass Welbeck to release him. Welbeck has been very bright so far.
    • 17' Evra with a foul on Di Maria, who obviously makes the most of it. Ozil catches United half asleep with the quick free-kick but Cleverley sweeps up. Seems to have run that knock off.
    • 16' Ozil fouls Carrick in midfield and United have it back. Good spell for the hosts, who are gaining in confidence after a conservative start.
    • 15' Van Persie turns to release Welbeck, he holds it up for Giggs who spins a fantastic cross with the outside of his left foot AND VAN PERSIE but his volley is blocked wide for a corner!
    • 14' Van Persie's corner is cleared by Higuain but Cleverley's return ball is aimless and behind for a goal kick.
    • 13' Welbeck on the left manages to find Nani, good cross aimed for Van Persie but it just evades him before Coentrao nods it behind - good thing too as Giggs was lurking far post!
    • 12' Higuain is falling as he tries to dig out a shot from the edge of the box but he sends it well wide. That was half a chance after fine play by Ozil, who carried the ball a while before finding the Argentine.
    • 11' Cleverley looks like he will run this off but he does limp a touch as he jogs away.
    • 10' Ronaldo turns in midfield, he collides with Cleverley, who goes down and the ref halts play as he does not get up...
    • 9' Rafael tries a give-and-go with Cleverley but the return pass was overhit, and now Van Persie shoves his marker. Fairly cagey opening by these sides' standards.
    • 8' Corner to Madrid as Di Maria's cross is blocked by Carrick. Varane and Ramos are good in the air, as is Ronaldo, but Van Persie heads Di Maria's delivery away at the near post. Now Alonso with a sweeping crossfield pass aimed for Ozil, but it bounces away from the Germany playmaker. Lovely pass from Alonso.
    • 7' Di Maria inside to Ronaldo, who lays it off for Alonso - who is bundled to the deck by Welbeck, as is his brief. Free-kick which Alonso takes short to Ozil.
    • 6' De Gea coolly clears a backpass upfield and it almost turns into a counter attack but for Varane's intervention.
    • 5' Van Persie is caught offside as he chases a speculative long ball from Giggs.
    • 4' Ronaldo to take, and to shoot we assume... 25 yards out, to the left... into the wall. Low and poor.
    • 4' Ozil wide to Coentrao, who skins Giggs and draws the foul. Real free-kick on the left-wing, about six yards from the left corner of the box. Alonso and Ronaldo over it...
    • 3' United with a bit of possession but they end up going back to De Gea as Real press from the front. De Gea mis-hits his kick to touch. Now Real passing it about the back to hearty boos from the United fans.
    • 2' A long ball aimed for Nani is too long and Lopez claims. The home fans got excited there.
    • 1' The first half is underway as Ronaldo finds himself booed as he gets a couple of early touches. Giggs is doubling up with Rafael on Ronaldo.
    • 19:45 That's the last of your predictions as the match is about to kick off. Thanks and continue to comment through half-time.
    • 19:44 Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey is tonight's ref. Youngish, at 36, he reffed the Club World Cup Final where Corinthians beat Chelsea, and also did last year's Champions League semi-final second leg between Barcelona and Chelsea. He likes to show a yellow card, but usually refrains from dismissals if he can.
    • 19:43 The players and coaches stride out, possibly a minute or two later than usual but these CL matches always start on time.
    • 19:42 Boskov: "Why does the line up say Lopez is in goal for Real­ Madrid?" - because he is.
    • 19:41 YOUR PREDICTIONS: @incakolanews: "Stick me down for ManU 3-1. For extra bonus romance, Giggsy with the opener"; @SoccerboyDormon: " I think it is a bad idea for giggs to be playing from a defensive standpoint for united"; @TylerGuinness: "a perturbed Rooney coming on at 70 Min is a dangerous proposition for Madrid. SAF worried about his injury?"; @bartlett234: "@realmadrid to beat @ManUnited_News 2-1" HAVE YOUR SAY ON TWITTER!
    • 19:40 Fergie explains Rooney absence: "It's one of those situations regarding the qualities of Real Madrid. Danny Welbeck is the best forward defensively in our team, so he will do that for us while supporting Van Persie. Hopefully Wayne will come off the bench and score the winner for us."
    • 19:35 Right it's PREDICTION TIME. I can see goals here, and I can see United nicking a 2-1 win with Rooney coming off the bench to score with his enormous head. Part of me wants stacked Ronaldo to don a fat Ronaldo mask on scoring a hat-trick. What do you reckon? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. Twitter
    • - @alexchick81 at Old Trafford, on Twitter: "Don't think it's necessarily the right call, but I love any manager ballsy enough to leave Rooney out for a game like this. #WorldWillStop" FOLLOW ALEX ON TWITTER!
    • 19:30 RONALDO WATCH: Only Didier Drogba has scored more headed goals (8) than Cristiano Ronaldo (7) in the Champions League since 2003/04; Ronaldo has scored seven goals in 23 Champions League games at Old Trafford. He has 16 goals in 18 games at the Bernabeu.
    • 19:25 REAL FACTS: Lyon were the last team to knock Real out at the last 16 stage in the Champions League, in 2009/10 (0-1, 1-1); Real have only won once in their last five away games in England (two draws, two defeats), against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in April 2011; Real have only failed to score once in their last 32 Champions League games, against Barcelona in April 2011; Real have failed to keep a clean sheet in the Champions League this season (10 conceded).
    • 19:20 UNITED FACTS: United have only lost once in their last 14 Champions League home games (nine wins, four draws), the last one against CFR Cluj during the group stage this season; United have had their woodwork rattled six times, the most of any side in the tournament this season
    • 19:15 HEAD TO HEAD FACTS: Real Madrid are one of two Spanish teams to have beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League (Deportivo won 3-2 in April 2000); The two Champions League encounters between United and Real at Old Trafford have produced 12 goals; United have conceded three goals in each of their two home games against Real in the Champions League; Alex Ferguson has only won twice in his 15 competitive encounters against José Mourinho (7 draws, 6 losses)
    • 19:10 A bit more about Ryan Giggs and his 1000th senior career appearance, encompassing games for United, Wales and Team GB. Premier League - Giggs's 1,000 games in detail
    • 19:05 We also have our man on site, Alex Chick, at Old Trafford. He'll be tweeting updates before the match and - if he can - during. Again, find him on Twitter @alexchick81 Follow here!
    • 19:00 What do you make of Sir Alex Ferguson's XI? No Rooney, while Giggs, Cleverley and Welbeck all start. You can let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. Follow here!
    • 18:55 Real have one little surprise in that Frenchman Varane starts ahead of Alex at centre-back. As expected many of the men who shone against Barcelona make way for Real's big guns, with Ronaldo leading the charge against his former club. Xabi Alonso starts too, recovering from a niggly groin problem, and while Casillas is in the squad after returning to training, Adan is on the bench.
    • 18:50 So United go with Welbeck, which is a good decision for me as he always seems to shine in the bigger matches. Hard luck Rooney, but he'll be champing at the bit if he comes off the bench. Giggs gets appearance no. 1000 for club and country, while Cleverley is also given a chance to shine against top opposition. Ferdinand and Vidic form the central defensive partnership, with Evans and the injured Jones missing out. Despite his hat-trick turn against Norwich, Kagawa misses out. Harsh.
    • 18:45 TEAMS - Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Nani, Welbeck, Giggs, Van Persie; Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Valencia, Kagawa, Rooney, Young, Hernandez /// Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Varane, Ramos, Arbeloa, Coentrao, Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Ozil, Di Maria, Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo; Subs: Adan, Pepe, Albiol, Modric, Kaka, Benzema, Callejon
    • 18:40 Some early team news - Ryan Giggs does start to get his 1000th competitive appearance for club and country but it comes at the expense of Wayne Rooney, who is surprisingly on the bench. More on that when it follows...
    • - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League last-16 second leg between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford, 1-1 from the first leg. Kick off at 7.45pm!
  • Summary

    • 90+3 Ramos appears to foul Valencia but he gets away with it! United have not been buried but it's too late I think.
    • 90+2 Valencia wins a corner for United on the right which Giggs will swing in. No, Van Persie will take it AND VIDIC SURELY BUT LOPEZ WITH A MAGNIFICENT SAVE! What a stop!
    • 89' The ball ricochets back off the post and into De Gea's arms! Kaka with the effort!
    • 84' Young with a fantastic cross that Rooney knocks down FOR VAN PERSIE but his effort is blocked AND ROONEY WITH THE VOLLEY but it's blocked over! Corner.
    • 83' ANOTHER GREAT SAVE LOPEZ! Rooney slid Van Persie in down the left but Lopez kept out his finish!
    • 82' GREAT SAVE LOPEZ! Giggs with a superb cross from a short corner and Carrick flew in with a flicked header but Lopez showed great reflexed to palm it away!
    • 80' Welbeck with a vicious drive against Ramos but it hit his chest, whatever United claim. The loose ball drops to Carrick, who thrashes it over.
    • 69' GOAL REAL MADRID! RONALDO WITH THE FAR POST TAP-IN! Fantastic drive across goal from Higuain, evading everyone as the last one but this time Ronaldo read it and peeled off Rafael to score.
    • 66' GOAL REAL MADRDI! Luka Modric with a fantastic long-range shot off the post and in! Monstrous effort from the man who is a bit-part player at Real.
    • 64' Scrappy as Cleverley gives it away to Ronaldo but United get it away and could counter now as Welbeck and Giggs combine FOR VAN PERSIE but his vicious long-range drive is well held by Lopez!
    • 63' Modric with a vicious low cross-shot that could go anywhere but Khedira's touch spins it up in the air and Vidic bicycle-kicks clear!
    • 62' Kaka wins his side a corner off compatriot Kaka. All Real now. Modric with the corner AND VARANE FLIES IN FOR THE GOAL but Rafael somehow springs up to head it off the line! What a block! Another corner...
    • 57' The replay shows that Nani went in with a high boot on Arbeloa and the referee has sent him off! He is shocked and Fergie is furious!
    • 55' Arbeloa on the right wing for Madrid, inside to Ozil, who returns it to Higuain WHO FLASHES A GLORIOUS CROSS ACROSS THE FACE OF GOAL but no-one gets there and it skips wide of the back stick!
    • 48' GOAL UNITED! SERGIO RAMOS OWN GOAL!! Welbeck and Van Persie spurned chances to break the deadlock as they failed to finish when Rafael's ball cannoned around the box, Nani picks it up and his low cross hits Welbeck then Ramos to nestle past Lopez. 1-0!
    • 41' Giggs with a nice pass to Welbeck but Varane makes a superb challenge to intercept as the England striker took it down on the turn!
    • 37' Cool defending from Ferdinand and De Gea as they play United out of trouble when Alonso released Ozil. Now United counter, Giggs feeds Rafael, who takes on Ramos and goes down but no penalty!
    • 35' Giggs floats in the corner AND VIDIC FLIES IN BUT HEADS OVER! Lopez flapped - and took Vidic out as well - and the Serb is down.
    • 34' DOUBLE SAVE FROM LOPEZ! Van Persie snuck in down the left and fired a hammer of a shot which Lopez batted away, and Welbeck flies in for the follow-up only to find Lopez in his way! Corner. First save was poor, second brilliant.
    • 33' Di Maria's corner is too deep but Ozil picks it up on the right. High ball in and Ramos beats Van Persie to the header but the whistle is long gone as Higuain pokes it in; Ramos led with the arm.
    • 32' United survive that corner but Real come again as Di Maria sends Higuain in down the left side of the box but a superb rush and block by De Gea. Corner.
    • 28' Di Maria on the left, now Higuain, back to Khedira who lofts it in for Ronaldo, who has beaten Rafael but the half-volley is blocked by Vidic!
    • 21' A delay with the corner as the ref speaks to Welbeck about blocking Lopez. Welbeck returns to his position in front of Lopez. The corner comes in AND VIDIC WITH A FLYING HEADER OFF THE POST! And it bounces off Welbeck but into Lopez's arms! Welbeck was offside anyway, but the chance was Vidic's!
    • 15' Van Persie turns to release Welbeck, he holds it up for Giggs who spins a fantastic cross with the outside of his left foot AND VAN PERSIE but his volley is blocked wide for a corner!
    • 12' Higuain is falling as he tries to dig out a shot from the edge of the box but he sends it well wide. That was half a chance after fine play by Ozil, who carried the ball a while before finding the Argentine.
    • 18:45 TEAMS - Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Nani, Welbeck, Giggs, Van Persie; Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Valencia, Kagawa, Rooney, Young, Hernandez /// Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Varane, Ramos, Arbeloa, Coentrao, Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Ozil, Di Maria, Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo; Subs: Adan, Pepe, Albiol, Modric, Kaka, Benzema, Callejon
    • 18:40 Some early team news - Ryan Giggs does start to get his 1000th competitive appearance for club and country but it comes at the expense of Wayne Rooney, who is surprisingly on the bench. More on that when it follows...
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      5.6 6
      6.1 7
      Yellow Card 5.5 6
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 5.3 6
      Substitution Out73′ 5 6
      6.7 7
      Substitution Out81′ 5.9 7
      Red Card 5.4 5
      Strikers
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      Subs
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      Substitution In87′ 4.2 -
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      Yellow Card Substitution Out59′ 5.9 6
      Own Goal 6.2 7
      7.2 7
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      6.5 5
      Substitution Out45′ 6.4 -
      Substitution Out71′ 7.1 5
      Goal 7.4 7
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  1. REFS ARE THE BADDEST HUMAN BEINGS IN THE WORLD

    From Nikolay, on Sun 28 Apr 10:47
  2. mu still ok, bcs 10 person also can play very well.­ don`t worry !!

    From Raju Kesavan, on Thu 7 Mar 10:32
  3. Poor Fergy gets wrong if he says owt,now he's gonna­ get wrong for not saying owt !!

    From Joseph, on Wed 6 Mar 19:25
  4. so how is that treble working out .... sorry still got­ the double.... wait dont worry still got the single....­ oh what joy to see Manu get treated like every other­ club that comes to Old Crapford. You are nothing­ without your refs... everyone knows it ... what a joke­ of a club... not really even in the top 10 in europe­ maybe you should ask liverpool how to be the best in­ europe cause you guys are clueless. ps hahahahahahahaha

    From Footy Fan, on Wed 6 Mar 16:52
  5. Nani, back to the player tries to control a high ball,­ catches the guy unintentionally and gets sent off ! A­ few weeks ago Coloccini (Newcastle) nearly kicks Demba­ Ba's head off and gets nothing !! Absolute­ disgrace !!

    From Joseph, on Wed 6 Mar 15:48
  6. Deffo a red card offence, what are the prawn sarny­ Mancs going on about. Thumbs up from Millwall Ref .

    From Dennis, on Wed 6 Mar 15:04
  7. "United surround the ref, clapping ironically and­ pointing fingers. He keeps his mouth shut and Ferdinand­ offers a handshake, which he accepts. Well done­ Rio." Rio clapped right in the refs face. ­ Sadly another red card opportunity missed, the same as­ Raphael's forearm smash on the ball going in the­ net.....

    From Invicta Moto, on Wed 6 Mar 13:09
  8. fergie showed his real worth last night. stayed­ cowering in the changing rooms. a real man would have­ told the truth, forign refs cheet.when it comes to­ english in europe. wait till fergie retires, so the­ fa, uefa and fifa cant fine him . bet we get the truth­ then. mouse rating 10/10

    From Alan, on Wed 6 Mar 12:37
  9. defitnitely a red card I saw the ref holding it up­ ,fergie struggles with foreign refs missing his mates­ dowd webb clattenburg dean and the rest

    From DENIS, on Wed 6 Mar 11:56
  10. the ref got it dead right dont know why firgy is­ moaning after all as the old saying goes one man dosnt­ make a team get over it lol five star liverpool­ suporter

    From Bobbyboy, on Wed 6 Mar 11:47
  11. ref=poop

    From Ramonchy88, on Wed 6 Mar 11:26
  12. poop

    From Ramonchy88, on Wed 6 Mar 11:24
  13. Very poor 4 United funs..I think Morinho can take a­ another CL cup with another club,this time with Real­ Madrid.Sorry 2 united funs x-specially 2 Eddy­ Ting.hohohohoh....

    From , on Wed 6 Mar 9:33
  14. As when van persil got hit in the back of the head,if­ the player had not defended himself,that malicious kick­ would have hit him on the head.Then,as slurgy said in­ defence of van persil,nani should be banned for a­ long,long time.Instead,old wine nose gone to his office­ crying his eyes out.

    From Oosthat, on Wed 6 Mar 7:29
  15. Madrid deserved to win...the biggest mistake from SAF:­ Why the heckk Kagawa didn't play?????!

    From John, on Wed 6 Mar 7:29
  16. Now those who vote the players of the year can start­ thinking where to direct their votes. Christian Ronaldo­ 7 remains the best.

    From Tadze, on Wed 6 Mar 7:22
  17. Excellent decision already Madrid are dominating the­ game, hi Van persie

    From Chika, on Wed 6 Mar 7:06
  18. A sensible player with opponents close by never goes in­ that high with an open boot. Just too risky. Nani­ made a huge error and payed the price with the booking.­ Sad but just way for Man U to make their exit.

    From Rich W, on Wed 6 Mar 6:49
  19. Must said Arbeloa lucky he jump if not that kick surely­ landed at his head or worst at his neck that probably­ can cause more fatal injury than hit at the chest...

    From Anonymous, on Wed 6 Mar 5:53
  20. Nani knew what he did, if at all he never knew he would­ have stood up immediately it happened but he was­ pretending to be hurt which give the ref the chance to­ know that he knew what he was doing.

    From Nnani Paul, on Wed 6 Mar 5:49
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