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Man Utd   2 - 1   Wolfsburg

Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick celebrate Man Utd's winner
Berbatov congratulates Carrick on scoring the Man Utd winner

By Jonathan Stevenson

Manchester United came from behind at Old Trafford to beat an impressive Wolfsburg side and take command of Group B in the Champions League.

The Germans played their part in a lively game and went ahead when Edin Dzeko headed in Makoto Hasebe's cross.

But United hit back immediately, Ryan Giggs scoring his 150th goal for the club as his free-kick was deflected in.

Wayne Rooney fired narrowly over before Michael Carrick kept his cool to curl in the winner from the edge of the box.

It was what United deserved for a powerful display against very capable opponents, with victory sending them three points clear at the top of their group.

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But they did not have it all their own way and had to match Wolfsburg's powerful physical threat before their superior quality could show.

In the build-up to the game, the Bundesliga champions had vowed to attack, coach Armin Veh promising they would not wait until they fell behind to impose their style on the game.

And he was true to his word as the visitors almost got off to a flier, Nemanja Vidic's lazy header seized upon by Grafite and Christian Gentner firing at keeper Tomasz Kuszczak when he should have done better.

Zvjezdan Misimovic was pulling the strings for Wolfsburg, Grafite was proving more than a match for both Vidic and Rio Ferdinand and the Germans looked dangerous.

Dzeko fired wide from long range after another defensive lapse, but soon after there was a turning point at the other end as Michael Owen - in front of the watching England manager Fabio Capello - limped off after 20 minutes with a groin injury.

His replacement, Dimitar Berbatov, had a dramatic impact on proceedings, immediately enlivening United with his clever touches and visionary passing.

One audacious backheel sent Luis Valencia through, but the Ecuadorian dragged badly wide of the far post, before Berbatov sublimely slipped in Carrick only for Diego Benaglio to save his shot with his outstretched right foot.

It was all United and they continued their assault on the Wolfsburg goal after the break as Rooney teed up Anderson, the Brazilian's curling shot brilliantly parried away by Benaglio.

Edin Dzeko celebrates putting Wolfsburg ahead
Dzeko's thumping header put Wolfsburg in front after the break

To their credit Wolfsburg never stopped attacking, and with 56 minutes on the clock they stunned Old Trafford by taking the lead as Hasebe clipped in a cross for the towering Dzeko to thump in a header.

Far from panicking, United continued to press and it took them only three minutes to equalise, albeit in fortuitous circumstances.

Anderson was brought down 20 yards out and Giggs' free-kick took a wicked deflection off Gentner, completely wrongfooting Benaglio and bouncing into the far corner.

United sensed a chance to compound Wolfsburg's frustration and Rooney almost delivered, curling a right-foot cracker only inches over from the edge of the box.

Instead they had to wait until 12 minutes from time, Giggs laying the ball off to Carrick for the midfielder to calmly slot past Benaglio from the edge of the area.

Wolfsburg continued to plough forward as they had done all night, but their search for an equaliser ended in vain.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 2-1 Wolfsburg FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Giggs 59
  • Carrick 78
  • Dzeko 56

Man Utd

Substitutes

Wolfsburg

  • 01 Benaglio
  • 04 Schafer
  • 05 Ricardo Costa yellow card
  • 17 Madlung
  • 20 Riether
  • 07 Josue
  • 10 Misimovic
  • 13 Hasebe (Ziani 73)
  • 25 Gentner
  • 09 Dzeko
  • 23 Grafite (Martins 82)

Substitutes

  • 12 Lenz,
  • 19 Pekarik,
  • 43 Barzagli,
  • 14 Santana,
  • 15 Ziani,
  • 11 Martins,
  • 24 Dejagah
Ref: KassaiAtt: 74,037
MAN UTD
WOLFSBURG

Possession

  • Man Utd 53%
  • Wolfsburg 47%

Attempts on target

  • Man Utd 11
  • Wolfsburg 3

Attempts off target

  • Man Utd 6
  • Wolfsburg 7

Corners

  • Man Utd 4
  • Wolfsburg 5

Fouls

  • Man Utd 10
  • Wolfsburg 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:13 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+1:46 Corner taken right-footed by Karim Ziani from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 90:00+0:18 Effort from 20 yards by Wayne Rooney. Save by Diego Benaglio.
  • 89:19 Oliveira Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zvjezdan Misimovic. Direct free kick taken by Zvjezdan Misimovic.
  • 88:13 The ball is crossed by Wayne Rooney.
  • 86:36 Unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Zvjezdan Misimovic crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 86:06 The official flags Darren Fletcher offside. Anunciado Josue takes the indirect free kick.
  • 85:48 Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Anunciado Josue. Free kick taken by Anunciado Josue.
  • 83:52 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Marcel Schafer goes wide of the right-hand upright. Shot from just outside the box by Anunciado Josue misses to the left of the goal.
  • 82:22 Wayne Rooney is caught offside. Alexander Madlung takes the free kick.
  • 81:11 Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 81:11 Substitution Obafemi Martins comes on in place of Libano Batista Grafite.
  • 81:11 Substitution Darren Fletcher replaces Antonio Valencia.
  • 81:11 Libano Batista Grafite challenges Rio Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 77:30 Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.
  • 77:30 GOAL - Michael CarrickMan Utd 2 - 1 Wolfsburg A fantastic goal is scored by Michael Carrick from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Wolfsburg.
  • 76:47 The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, Alexander Madlung makes a clearance.
  • 76:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim Ziani on Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
  • 74:53 Zvjezdan Misimovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
  • 73:08 Zvjezdan Misimovic decides to take a short corner. Marcel Schafer produces a cross, comfortable save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 72:19 Substitution Karim Ziani replaces Makoto Hasebe.
  • 71:21 Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, clearance made by Anunciado Josue.
  • 69:09 Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Libano Batista Grafite. Sascha Riether takes the free kick.
  • 68:39 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Diego Benaglio.
  • 68:09 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Diego Benaglio.
  • 67:36 Zvjezdan Misimovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Carrick. John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia by Marcel Schafer. Ryan Giggs shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 66:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Libano Batista Grafite on Nemanja Vidic. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:09 Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Save by Diego Benaglio.
  • 62:14 Corner taken right-footed by Zvjezdan Misimovic, Edin Dzeko produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 61:19 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 61:14 Ryan Giggs produces a cross, Miguel Ricardo Costa manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:25 Free kick crossed left-footed by Ryan Giggs from left channel, clearance made by Christian Gentner.
  • 60:25 Booking Miguel Ricardo Costa receives a caution.
  • 60:18 Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Miguel Ricardo Costa results in a free kick.
  • 58:44 GOAL - Ryan GiggsMan Utd 1 - 1 Wolfsburg Ryan Giggs scores a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-1 Wolfsburg.
  • 57:51 Unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson by Anunciado Josue results in a free kick.
  • 57:02 Centre by Christian Gentner, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 56:24 Ryan Giggs produces a cross, clearance made by Alexander Madlung.
  • 55:03 Assist by Makoto Hasebe.
  • 55:03 GOAL - Edin DzekoMan Utd 0 - 1 Wolfsburg Edin Dzeko finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Man Utd 0-1 Wolfsburg.
  • 54:17 Oliveira Anderson has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Diego Benaglio.
  • 52:48 Oliveira Anderson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 51:58 Christian Gentner takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 50:10 The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Rooney. Indirect free kick taken by Diego Benaglio.
  • 49:15 Nemanja Vidic concedes a free kick for a foul on Edin Dzeko. Zvjezdan Misimovic takes the free kick.
  • 48:08 The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, save by Diego Benaglio. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Anunciado Josue.
  • 47:27 The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Miguel Ricardo Costa. Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 45:53 Centre by Marcel Schafer, Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Zvjezdan Misimovic from the right by-line, Effort on goal by Miguel Ricardo Costa from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:16 Foul by Libano Batista Grafite on Nemanja Vidic, free kick awarded. Nemanja Vidic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:04 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 43:35 Centre by Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick takes a shot. Save by Diego Benaglio.
  • 42:15 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Diego Benaglio.
  • 38:53 Free kick taken by Sascha Riether.
  • 38:53 Booking Nemanja Vidic shown a yellow card.
  • 38:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Libano Batista Grafite by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 37:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Makoto Hasebe on Michael Carrick. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
  • 36:47 The referee blows for offside. Diego Benaglio takes the indirect free kick.
  • 35:23 Oliveira Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Makoto Hasebe. Makoto Hasebe takes the direct free kick. Effort on goal by Dimitar Berbatov from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 34:30 Foul by Michael Carrick on Christian Gentner, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Zvjezdan Misimovic from left channel, clearance by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 33:01 Corner taken by Anunciado Josue from the right by-line to the near post, Close range headed effort by Christian Gentner misses to the right of the goal.
  • 31:50 Centre by John O'Shea, save by Diego Benaglio.
  • 30:24 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Alexander Madlung. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs played to the near post, Edin Dzeko manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:00 Sascha Riether sends in a cross, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
  • 29:24 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Miguel Ricardo Costa gets a block in. Michael Carrick takes a shot. Save by Diego Benaglio.
  • 26:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Diego Benaglio restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:46 The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, clearance by Anunciado Josue.
  • 26:05 Effort from outside the penalty box by Edin Dzeko goes wide right of the goal.
  • 25:43 Foul by Ryan Giggs on Makoto Hasebe, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Zvjezdan Misimovic.
  • 24:46 Antonio Valencia has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
  • 23:17 A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs.
  • 22:47 Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Diego Benaglio.
  • 21:35 Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Anunciado Josue results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ryan Giggs from left channel, clearance by Libano Batista Grafite.
  • 19:44 Substitution Dimitar Berbatov comes on in place of Michael Owen.
  • 18:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zvjezdan Misimovic on Oliveira Anderson. Shot on goal comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick.
  • 10:20 Edin Dzeko has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 7:05 Marcel Schafer crosses the ball. The ball is swung over by Sascha Riether, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 6:19 Foul by Ryan Giggs on Miguel Ricardo Costa, free kick awarded. Miguel Ricardo Costa restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:59 Zvjezdan Misimovic takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 1:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Makoto Hasebe on Oliveira Anderson. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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