Tuesday December 28, 2010 Day 20 Finished St. Andrew's

Birmingham City 1 - 1 Manchester United

  • Bowyer 90’
  • Berbatov 58’

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  1. Disputed goal denies United

    Disputed goal denies United

    Lee Bowyer hit a controversial late equaliser as Birmingham City drew 1-1 with Manchester United in the Premier League at St Andrew's. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Birmingham City
    • Manchester United
    • 90+5' There's the final whistle! Birmingham have denied Manchester United thanks to Lee Bowyer's late, late equaliser!
    • 90+4' Foster boots the ball out for a throw and this could be the last chance for either side... Fletcher dispossessed at the edge of the box... then a bit of head tennis but Birmingham clear.
    • 90+3' Javier Hernandez has come on for Gibson.
    • 90+3' The corner is cleared by United look ragged... Rooney comes away on the break down the left but his attempted cross is appalling.
    • 90+2' Zigic wins a corner for Birmingham as they go for the jugular! Four minutes of stoppage time to play.
    • 90+1' Fergie will be livid when he sees that - a handball by Zigic with the arm he was also using to hold down his marker - and there may have been an offside in there for good measure. But the goal stands!
    • 90' GOAL!!! BIRMINGHAM LEVEL!! Zigic uses his arm to knock the ball down and Bowyer finishes from close range!! The goal stands and Edwin van der Sar is furious!
    • 89' Now it is United's turn to be pegged back inside their own box... Birmingham threatening.
    • 88' Helb finds Carr who crosses deep... just beyond Phillips.
    • 87' United come away on the break with Gibson who looks to find Berbatov.... cut out.
    • 86' Berbatov gives the ball away and Birmingham break through the middle... but Ferguson cannot make anything of the chance.
    • 85' BIRMINGHAM: Kevin Phillips replaces Cameron Jerome.
    • 84' The corner finds Vidic again, but he fails to make proper contact with the header and is furious with himself.
    • 83' VIDIC!! Gets a free header from a United corner and sends it powerfully goalwards, but it is too close to Foster who palms it over the bar!
    • 82' BIRMINGHAM: Nikola Zigic comes on for Jean Beausejour.
    • 81' Down goes Hleb and Birmingham want a penalty... no dice says Lee Mason!
    • 80' Liam Ridgwell knows where the goal is, and is getting forward with increasing regularity.
    • 79' Giggs clatters into Bowyer, who stays down making rather a meal of it.
    • 77' Berbatov is back getting his hands dirty and winning possession in his own box. Have he and Rooney swapped souls?
    • 76' Gibson! Much-ballyhooed long-shooting ability in scant evidence as Rooney tees him up and he absolutely batters it into row Z.
    • 75' Some tit-for-tat free-kicks here. Berbatov fouls Dann, Ridgewell fouls Berbatov.
    • 73' MANCHESTER UNITED: Darren Fletcher replaces Anderson - the Scot back after suffering illness over Christmas.
    • 72' Patrice Evra stays down after an accidental kick from Stephen Carr... he should be OK to continue.
    • 71' Berbatov tries to find Rooney at the edge of the box - once more the pass is cut out. United are simply willing Rooney to score.
    • 70' BIRMINGHAM: Alex Hleb comes on for Sebastian Larsson. His 100th Premier League appearance. Larsson is not a happy bunny, and starts ranting once he gets to the bench.
    • 69' A loose pass by Ferdinand allows Gardner to cross towards Jerome but he overhits the pass.
    • 68' Rooney finds Anderson 25 yards from goal, whose shot drifts a couple of yards wide.
    • 66' United are passing the ball among themselves, frustrating Birmingham. At the moment the home team cannot get a kick.
    • 65' Berbatov tries to clip the ball through to Rooney but the ball is cut out.
    • 64' Rafael's cross is flicked away by Johnson, who may be thankful there was no attacker in close attendance.
    • 63' United are enjoying their best spell of the game, finally playing with a degree of fluency.
    • 61' Birmingham have had a couple of chances but now they will really have to come forward with a bit more gusto.
    • 60' BERBATOV!! Shows magnificent poise to beat Ridgewell and he cracks a shot against the left-hand post!
    • 59' That's Berbatov's 14th Premier League goal this season (actually it's his 13th - his 'second' against Sunderland was obviously an own goal).
    • 58' GOAL!! DIMITAR BERBATOV!! Manchester United lead! They attack with pace as Berbatov exchanges passes with Gibson and smashes a low shot inside the near post!
    • 56' An oddly-tanned Federico Macheda is warming up. He must have been on the sunbed...
    • 55' United corner headed behind by Carr and they will have another go... Giggs crosses to ROONEY!! Heads over from six yards!
    • 54' The visiting fans chant 'Attack! Attack! Attack!' as Rafael crosses onto the head of Rooney who gets it all wrong.
    • 53' CHANCE!! Beausejour nods it down and Gardner thrashes a volley goalwards, but straight at Van der Sar!
    • 51' Rafael goes down holding his face after an off-the-ball collision with Beausejour. The replay is reasonably incriminating but ref Lee Mason did not spot it.
    • 49' Nice piece of Birmingham passing as Beausejour clips the ball onto Seb Larsson's head but he nods it well wide.
    • 48' The ball actually rolls under Wayne Rooney's foot. This is an absolutely shocking performance.
    • 47' Rafael crosses from the right but Birmingham have 10 players back and there is no real chance of a goal resulting unless the visitors attack with more pace.
    • 46' Second half under way, no personnel changes from either manager.
    • - Fergie shoves how many bits of gum into his mouth as he comes out for the second half? Amazing...
    • 46' That's half-time, and you can safely forget about anything that has taken place in the preceding 47 minutes. Dull, dull, dull.
    • 45+2' Gardner is penalised for committing some sort of foul on somebody. I didn't see anything wrong.
    • 45+1' Two minutes of stoppage time to play.
    • 45' The visitors are lacking width on the bench - the inconsistent Gabriel Obertan the only real option, although Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez could conceivably do a job.
    • 44' Surely United have got to ditch this 4-5-1 for something a bit more dynamic?
    • 43' Berbatov plays a pass that an in-form Rooney would take in his stride, but he just lets it roll through and Birmingham clear.
    • 42' Vidic is charged down by Jerome, who blocks his clearance and just fails to keep the ball in. United escape with a goal kick.
    • 40' Best move of the match as Larsson crosses for Bowyer who lays it off for Gardner who whacks the ball over the bar. Slick stuff from Birmingham but a duff finish.
    • 39' Rafael breaks through the right and tries to slide the ball for Berbatov, but overhits the pass and that's a goal kick to Birmingham.
    • 38' Rooney's touch has been pretty ragged so far today. He's still not fully sharp, which is obviously a problem as we're halfway through the season...
    • 37' The game might not be up to much but the pitch is in decent nick.
    • 35' Both sides are content just to knock long balls back and forth for a minute...
    • 34' It's tempting to blame Birmingham for the lack of fluency in this game, but United have been no better.
    • 33' Giggs gets a bit narky as a corner is contentiously given against him... it comes to nothing, though.
    • 31' Gardner hits a powerful shot that deflects out for a corner.
    • 30' Vidic gets done for pace by Jerome and hacks him to the ground. Ferdinand was covering so that's just a yellow card.
    • 29' Loose pass from Berbatov, who rolls it straight out for a Birmingham throw.
    • 28' Ridgewell's cross from the left loops up off a defender and Van der Sar claims it.
    • 27' Referee Lee Mason beckons Anderson and Gardner over and books them both. Silly stuff.
    • 26' Anderson clashes with Ferguson, then Gardner wades in pushing and shoving... bit of a fuss about nothing really.
    • 24' Rafael tries to overlap down the right but finds a Beausejour-shaped object in his way, ushering the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 23' Foster got a touch on that Giggs cross that hit the bar, by the way, but he wouldn't have had to make the save had he not got in a pickle to start with.
    • 22' Larsson hits it up and over the bar, not a great effort.
    • 21' Chance for Birmingham in the shape of a free-kick at the edge of the box following a Carrick foul...
    • 20' There's a very persistent announcement coming over the PA system. I imagine that if the person in question were in the ground they would have heard it by now.
    • 19' That was more like the Ben Foster who used to play for Manchester United... iffy judgement from the keeper.
    • 18' OFF THE POST!! Giggs's cross from the right clears Foster and clatters back off the far post! No, he didn't mean it.
    • 17' Oh my. Rooney gets a long shot all wrong and puts it several fathoms high and wide to the right.
    • 16' Evra crosses from the left but it is a poor one, and Johnson boots it to safety.
    • 15' United pass it around but Birmingham have 10 men behind the ball and are very well organised. It does take a bit of patience to break them down.
    • 13' The opening exchanges have been preety steady. Birmngham's Boxing Day fixture was postpones so they ought to be a bit fresher, for what it's worth.
    • 12' Rooney jinks inside from the left and opens his body to shoot... Foster saves!
    • 10' Berbatov just carries the ball out of play as United look to break.
    • 9' Rooney has started out wide on the left as United play a 4-5-1 formation. Still no Nani tonight, remember.
    • 8' Rooney tries a long-range effort that he curls a yard wide of the left-hand post.
    • 7' Birmingham are in the bottom three and have not been good this season... a second relegation in four seasons could be on the cards unless they pick it up.
    • 5' Either the visiting fans are standing close to a microphone, or they are makibng a heck of a racket... that Cantona-themed 'Twelve Days of Christmas' has already had one raucous airing.
    • 4' Birmingham shout for handball against Evra as he brings the ball out of defence... no dice.
    • 3' Larsson overlaps down the right and crosses onto the head of Jerome, who nods it well off target. A decent opening for Birmingham, that...
    • 2' Berbatov locates his first blind alley of the evening and lopes straight down it.
    • 1' And off we go! Birmingham kick off, playing from left to right as we see it. Both teams are wearing their 'home' kit, which is always nice - albeit with United in black shorts and white socks.
    • 19:55 STAT: Manchester United are the only of Birmingham's current 19 Premier League opponents that they have never defeated (since the beginning of the Premier League).
    • 19:50 Check out some of the best pictures of the day's action so far in our Premier League gallery.
    • 19:45 In the Birmingham goal Ben Foster will be particularly keen to shut out his former club. Given Foster's form and Van der Sar expected to retire this summer, will Fergie be regretting letting him go?
    • 19:40 Could be a cagey one tonight. There have been only five goals scored in the last four Premier League meetings between Man Utd and the Blues. More match facts here.
    • 19:35 That's an interesting move by Sir Alex Ferguson, who is normally very keen to rotate the team and keep it fresh. Even 37-year-old Ryan Giggs plays a second game in 48 hours. Just one change - and an enforced one at that. Park Ji-Sung out, and Darron Gibson replaces him. Birmingham had their game against Everton called off on Boxing Day - they've not played since December 11. A strong-looking team chosen by Alex McLeish as a result, with perhaps the one surprise being Jean Beausejour's inclusion.
    • 19:30 TEAMS ARE IN - BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Bowyer, Beausejour, Jerome Subs: Taylor, Phillips, Derbyshire, Fahey, Zigic, Hleb, Jiranek
    • 19:30 MANCHESTER UNITED: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Gibson, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Hernandez, Evans, Fletcher, Obertan, Macheda
    • 19:25 TEAM NEWS: Sir Alex Ferguson expects to have Nani available as Manchester United take their 17-match unbeaten Premier League record to Birmingham. Park Ji-Sung is off to the Asian Cup, while Scholes is sure to miss out with a groin problem. On-loan midfielder Alexander Hleb could feature on Birmingham's bench for the match after recovering from a hamstring injury.
    • 19:20 It's been another cracking day of Premier League action - one which leaves Manchester City top of the table for the moment. Check out the scores and scorers here.
    • 19:15 Good evening everyone, and welcome to LIVE text commentary from the Premier League, where Birmingham host Manchester United in the final game on Bank Holiday Tuesday.
  • Summary

    • 90' GOAL!!! BIRMINGHAM LEVEL!! Zigic uses his arm to knock the ball down and Bowyer finishes from close range!! The goal stands and Edwin van der Sar is furious!
    • 83' VIDIC!! Gets a free header from a United corner and sends it powerfully goalwards, but it is too close to Foster who palms it over the bar!
    • 60' BERBATOV!! Shows magnificent poise to beat Ridgewell and he cracks a shot against the left-hand post!
    • 58' GOAL!! DIMITAR BERBATOV!! Manchester United lead! They attack with pace as Berbatov exchanges passes with Gibson and smashes a low shot inside the near post!
    • 55' United corner headed behind by Carr and they will have another go... Giggs crosses to ROONEY!! Heads over from six yards!
    • 53' CHANCE!! Beausejour nods it down and Gardner thrashes a volley goalwards, but straight at Van der Sar!
    • 40' Best move of the match as Larsson crosses for Bowyer who lays it off for Gardner who whacks the ball over the bar. Slick stuff from Birmingham but a duff finish.
    • 18' OFF THE POST!! Giggs's cross from the right clears Foster and clatters back off the far post! No, he didn't mean it.
    • 19:30 TEAMS ARE IN - BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Bowyer, Beausejour, Jerome Subs: Taylor, Phillips, Derbyshire, Fahey, Zigic, Hleb, Jiranek
    • 19:30 MANCHESTER UNITED: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Gibson, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Hernandez, Evans, Fletcher, Obertan, Macheda

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr
      • R. Johnson
      • S. Dann Yellow Card
      • L. Ridgewell
      • B. Ferguson
      • L. Bowyer Goal Yellow Card
      • S. Larsson Substitution Out (70′)
      • C. Gardner Yellow Card
      • J. Beausejour Substitution Out (82′)
      • C. Jerome Substitution Out (85′)

      Subs

      • K. Phillips Substitution In85′
      • M. Taylor
      • N. Žigic Substitution In82′
      • M. Derbyshire
      • M. Jiránek
      • K. Fahey
      • A. Hleb Substitution In70′
    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • Rafael
      • R. Ferdinand
      • N. Vidic Yellow Card
      • P. Evra
      • M. Carrick
      • D. Gibson Substitution Out (90′)
      • Anderson Yellow Card Substitution Out (73′)
      • R. Giggs Yellow Card
      • W. Rooney
      • D. Berbatov Goal

      Subs

      • G. Neville
      • T. Kuszczak
      • D. Fletcher Substitution In73′
      • G. Obertan
      • J. Evans
      • F. Macheda
      • J. Hernández Substitution In90′
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