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Saturday, 14 September, 2002, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
How Rio fared
Rio: Largely faultless but ultimately fruitless return
Minute-by-minute rundown of Rio Ferdinand's return to Elland Road.


1200 BST: Kick-off at Elland Road with Rio Ferdinand lining up against his former club.

1 min: The first jeers for Ferdinand as he thumps a clearance into touch.

8 min: Viduka beats Ferdinand to a Harte corner, but heads well over.

12 mins: Ferdinand and Mills jostle in the Leeds area for a free-kick, but it comes to nothing for the visitors.

14 mins: More boos but Ferdinand keeps calm to clear easily enough.

Viduka (left) almost capitalises on a mix-up with Barthez (right)
17 mins: The first strains of "Rio" from the visiting faithful as Ferdinand keeps Bowyer at bay.

18 mins: Ferdinand and Barthez both jump to meet a Kewell free-kick, and the ball skims off Ferdinand's head for a Leeds corner.

29 mins: Confusion between Ferdinand and Barthez nearly allows Viduka in for Leeds' opener.

38 mins: An inviting United corner looks Ferdinand-bound - but Silvestre gets in his way.

41 mins: Ferdinand manages to get his header away under a powerful but fair challenge from Viduka.

44 mins: With the Leeds fans subdued by an impressive first half from United - chants of 'Rio!' ring out after another no-nonsense mopping up operation from the 30m man. H-T

Ferdinand (left) made few mistakes
Ferdinand (left) kept the Leeds fans largely quiet
47 mins: The boos are back for Ferdinand as Leeds start the second half with renewed zip.

58 mins: Ferdinand uses all his 6 ft 3 in frame to shoulder Kewell off the ball in a tussle down the Leeds left flank.

67 mins: Leeds 1-0 Man Utd.
Ferdinand is not at fault as his fellow centre-back Silvestre allows Kewell to beat him to a whipped Harte cross and head Leeds in front.

70 mins: Ferdinand's long stride allows him to get in a crucial block as Leeds press for a second goal.

74 mins: Another threatening Harte corner is met with a thumping headed clearance from Ferdinand.

79 mins: A lone voice yells out "What's the score, Rio?", as, once again, a United move breaks down.

83 mins: A sloppy Ferdinand pass is easily picked off by Kewell, but his slip goes unpunished as the shot slides narrowly past the left-hand post.

87 mins: A Beckham corner skims off Ferdinand's head into Kewell's body - but United's appeals for handball are turned away.

Ferdinand pushes Harte away as a scuffle breaks out with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

94 mins: Final whistle. Ferdinand leaves the pitch after a largely faultless - but ultimately losing - return to Elland Road.

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