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Man Utd   3 - 3   CSKA Moscow

Wes Brown and Antonio Valencia
United's point sends them into the next stage of the Champions League

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Old Trafford

Manchester United staged a stirring late rally at Old Trafford to claim a place in the last 16 of the Champions League after CSKA Moscow looked poised to end their 22-game unbeaten home record in the competition.

Sir Alex Ferguson's revamped United looked like they would have to wait to seal their place in the knockout phase when they trailed 3-1 with only six minutes remaining.

But with a grandstand finish that has become their trademark, Paul Scholes headed home six minutes from time and Antonio Valencia's deflected shot in injury time rescued the vital point.

CSKA looked well on course to inflict United's first Champions League defeat at Old Trafford since AC Milan won in February 2005 - but they reckoned without the powers of recovery and refusal to accept defeat buried deep within Ferguson's side.

The Russians took the lead after 25 minutes when Alan Dzagoev beat a static Edwin van der Sar from an angle, but Michael Owen pounced in the area to restore equality four minutes later.

CSKA were quickly back in front when Milos Krasic rounded Van der Sar to score, and when Vasili Berezutski headed home Dzagoev's free-kick two minutes after half-time, United looked likely to sample the rare taste of defeat on home territory.

But the introduction of Wayne Rooney, the day after the birth of his son Kai, lifted the mood inside Old Trafford and set the scene for United's late charge.

United boss Ferguson made public his admiration for Igor Akinfeev in his programme notes, and the CSKA keeper will have further impressed the Old Trafford hierarchy with a magnificent display that kept the Premier League champions at bay until the late double salvo from Scholes and Valencia broke their resistance.

To complete a miserable conclusion for CSKA, they had defender Deividas Semberas sent off after receiving a second yellow card.

CSKA players
CSKA had taken a 3-1 lead against Manchester United

United fielded a much-changed side, but Rooney was a surprise inclusion on the bench the day after the birth of his son.

Injury to Dimitar Berbatov gave Owen a chance to impress, and he was heavily involved in a first half that provided mixed fare for a subdued Old Trafford gallery.

Owen had his first chance after seven minutes when he was played in by Valencia, but he failed to make a firm connection and his effort rolled harmlessly wide.

Darren Fletcher was then inches away with Akinfeev beaten, before Owen saw a point-blank shot blocked by the CSKA keeper after the United striker had bundled his way through a packed penalty area.

Federico Macheda, also getting a rare opportunity as Ferguson gave his shadow squad some game time, almost made his mark with a long-range effort before CSKA shocked United by taking the lead after 25 minutes.

United defender Jonny Evans looked to have seen off the threat of Dzagoev when he drove him wide, but the 19 year-old Russian then unleashed an angled drive which flew high past a startled and motionless Van der Sar.

Owen made amends for his earlier misses when he drew United level four minutes later, beating Akinfeev on the turn inside the area after Valencia's cross rebounded into his path off Nani.

Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes's header pulled United back into the game

As Old Trafford celebrated and assumed normal service had been resumed, CSKA were back in front within two minutes as Krasic stayed onside to latch on to Tomas Necid's pass and rounded Van der Sar to score on the turn.

Akinfeev then demonstrated his class with two more fine saves from Macheda and Scholes as United attempted to atone for their defensive lapses.

Sadly for Ferguson that vulnerability was in evidence again as CSKA added a third two minutes after the break.

Macheda lost his bearings, and Berezutski, allowing the CSKA defender to arrive unmarked at the far post and head beyond Van der Sar.

This was the signal for Rooney to warm up, much to Old Trafford's delight, but before he entered the action United were denied a clear penalty when Fletcher was felled by Aleksei Berezutski.

Portuguese official Olegario Benquerenca inexplicably ignored the claim and opted instead to show the Scot a yellow card for diving.

Rooney's energy had an instant impact on the tempo of United's game, and Akinfeev excelled again to block a powerful 25-yard free-kick from Scholes.

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And as United laid siege to the CSKA goal, Akinfeev showed exactly why he is so highly-regarded throughout Europe by producing a string of top-class saves in the closing stages, making a defiant double stop from Owen and Rooney.

He then recovered superbly to defy Rooney once more after Macheda's header had bounced out off a post - but CSKA were wilting under the pressure and United pounced.

Scholes headed home Gary Neville's free-kick with six minutes left, and Valencia capped a trademark grandstand finish when his shot from the edge of the area was deflected off Georgy Shchennikov past Akinfeev.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 3-3 CSKA Moscow FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Owen 29
  • Scholes 84
  • Shchennikov (og) 90+3
  • Dzagoev 25
  • Krasic 31
  • Berezutsky 47

Man Utd

Substitutes

CSKA Moscow

  • 35 Akinfeev
  • 04 Ignashevich
  • 06 Berezutsky
  • 24 Berezutsky
  • 42 Shchennikov
  • 02 Semberas yellow card, red card
  • 10 Dzagoev (Daniel Carvalho 72 yellow card)
  • 11 Mamaev (Rahimic 70)
  • 17 Krasic
  • 22 Aldonin yellow card
  • 89 Necid yellow card (Piliev 85)

Substitutes

  • 33 Pomazan,
  • 15 Odiah,
  • 50 Grigoriev,
  • 07 Daniel Carvalho,
  • 23 Piliev,
  • 25 Rahimic,
  • 12 Maazou
Ref: BenquerencaAtt: 73,718
MAN UTD
CSKA MOSCOW

Possession

  • Man Utd 60%
  • CSKA Moscow 40%

Attempts on target

  • Man Utd 13
  • CSKA Moscow 4

Attempts off target

  • Man Utd 7
  • CSKA Moscow 4

Corners

  • Man Utd 4
  • CSKA Moscow 0

Fouls

  • Man Utd 13
  • CSKA Moscow 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:59 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+5:56 Substitution Tomas Necid leaves the field to be replaced by Nika Piliev.
  • 90:00+5:46 Patrice Evra delivers the ball.
  • 90:00+4:33 Sent off The referee sends off Deividas Semberas for second bookable offence.
  • 90:00+4:03 Booking Booking for Gabriel Obertan for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+3:49 Shot by Wayne Rooney from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
  • 90:00+2:16 GOAL - Georgi ShchennikovMan Utd 3 - 3 CSKA Moscow Georgi Shchennikov puts the ball into his own goal from 20 yards. Man Utd 3-3 CSKA Moscow.
  • 90:00+1:02 Antonio Valencia takes a shot.
  • 90:00+0:44 The ball is delivered by Gary Neville, save by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 90:00+0:32 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Alexei Berezutsky.
  • 88:57 The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Elvir Rahimic.
  • 88:26 Jonathan Evans takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:26 Booking Da Silva Daniel Carvalho goes into the book.
  • 88:18 Da Silva Daniel Carvalho challenges Jonathan Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 86:42 Darren Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Georgi Shchennikov. Sergei Ignashevich restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 85:00 Substitution Tomas Necid goes off and Nika Piliev comes on.
  • 83:36 The assist for the goal came from Gary Neville.
  • 83:36 GOAL - Paul ScholesMan Utd 2 - 3 CSKA Moscow Paul Scholes finds the net with a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-3 CSKA Moscow.
  • 83:18 Eugeni Aldonin is adjudged to have handled the ball. Gary Neville takes the direct free kick,
  • 82:58 Short corner taken by Gary Neville.
  • 82:41 Paul Scholes takes a shot. Igor Akinfeev makes a save.
  • 82:07 The ball is sent over by Gary Neville.
  • 81:37 Substitution Gabriel Obertan replaces Federico Macheda.
  • 80:49 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Igor Akinfeev makes a save.
  • 80:20 Centre by Gary Neville, Federico Macheda has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that bounces off the post.
  • 78:58 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 78:42 Gary Neville crosses the ball, Michael Owen takes a shot. Save by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 77:11 Gary Neville delivers the ball, Sergei Ignashevich makes a clearance.
  • 76:12 The ball is sent over by Wes Brown, save by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 75:46 Gary Neville crosses the ball, clearance by Sergei Ignashevich.
  • 74:36 Vasili Berezutsky restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:36 Booking Federico Macheda shown a yellow card.
  • 74:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Deividas Semberas by Federico Macheda.
  • 72:54 Antonio Valencia is ruled offside. Sergei Ignashevich takes the direct free kick.
  • 71:29 Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:29 Substitution Da Silva Daniel Carvalho is brought on as a substitute for Alan Dzagoev.
  • 71:29 Booking Caution for Deividas Semberas.
  • 71:21 Deividas Semberas challenges Michael Owen unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 69:19 Substitution Elvir Rahimic comes on in place of Pavel Mamaev.
  • 64:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexei Berezutsky by Michael Owen. Igor Akinfeev restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans by Tomas Necid. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
  • 62:16 The ball is swung over by Gary Neville, Header by Wayne Rooney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 61:23 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 60:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Eugeni Aldonin. Shot on goal comes in from Paul Scholes from the free kick, save by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 59:16 Eugeni Aldonin produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
  • 58:39 Substitution Patrice Evra replaces Fabio Da Silva.
  • 57:18 Sergei Ignashevich takes the free kick.
  • 57:18 Substitution Wayne Rooney comes on in place of Luis Nani.
  • 57:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Dzagoev by Paul Scholes.
  • 56:34 The ball is swung over by Gary Neville, save made by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 55:01 Fabio Da Silva crosses the ball.
  • 53:39 Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 53:39 Booking Eugeni Aldonin receives a yellow card.
  • 53:24 Eugeni Aldonin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scholes.
  • 52:23 Luis Nani crosses the ball.
  • 50:33 Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, Igor Akinfeev makes a save.
  • 48:58 Booking Darren Fletcher receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 46:37 Assist on the goal came from Alan Dzagoev.
  • 46:37 GOAL - Vasili BerezutskyMan Utd 1 - 3 CSKA Moscow Vasili Berezutsky finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Man Utd 1-3 CSKA Moscow.
  • 46:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pavel Mamaev by Antonio Valencia. The ball is swung over by Alan Dzagoev,
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:25 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:07 Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Eugeni Aldonin.
  • 45:00+0:28 Darren Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Milos Krasic. Free kick taken by Alexei Berezutsky.
  • 45:00+0:13 The ball is crossed by Fabio Da Silva, clearance by Vasili Berezutsky.
  • 44:46 Paul Scholes has an effort at goal. Save by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 44:17 Federico Macheda produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 42:38 Unfair challenge on Georgi Shchennikov by Antonio Valencia results in a free kick. Georgi Shchennikov takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:26 Antonio Valencia takes the outswinging corner, Shot by Wes Brown from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 38:13 The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, Georgi Shchennikov gets a block in.
  • 35:52 Darren Fletcher is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sergei Ignashevich.
  • 33:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Milos Krasic. Free kick crossed right-footed by Milos Krasic from right wing.
  • 32:20 Luis Nani crosses the ball, clearance by Sergei Ignashevich.
  • 31:49 Georgi Shchennikov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia. Darren Fletcher takes the direct free kick.
  • 30:46 Assist by Tomas Necid.
  • 30:46 GOAL - Milos KrasicMan Utd 1 - 2 CSKA Moscow A goal is scored by Milos Krasic from close range high into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-2 CSKA Moscow.
  • 28:56 The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
  • 28:56 GOAL - Michael OwenMan Utd 1 - 1 CSKA Moscow Goal scored by Michael Owen from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-1 CSKA Moscow.
  • 28:15 Deividas Semberas fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Deividas Semberas takes the free kick.
  • 27:15 Foul by Deividas Semberas on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Fabio Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:34 Paul Scholes is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 24:39 Assist by Tomas Necid.
  • 24:39 GOAL - Alan DzagoevMan Utd 0 - 1 CSKA Moscow Alan Dzagoev grabs a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Man Utd 0-1 CSKA Moscow.
  • 24:12 Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:12 Booking The referee shows Tomas Necid a yellow card.
  • 24:05 Handball decision goes against Tomas Necid.
  • 23:27 Jonathan Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Necid. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Milos Krasic.
  • 22:57 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Federico Macheda goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 21:50 Corner from the right by-line taken by Antonio Valencia, Pavel Mamaev makes a clearance.
  • 21:35 The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, blocked by Alexei Berezutsky.
  • 20:46 Deividas Semberas has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.
  • 18:40 Alan Dzagoev challenges Wes Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wes Brown.
  • 17:47 The referee blows for offside against Luis Nani. Indirect free kick taken by Vasili Berezutsky.
  • 17:02 Michael Owen takes a shot. Save made by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 16:41 Tomas Necid takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 13:34 Darren Fletcher has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 13:06 Gary Neville delivers the ball.
  • 12:55 Eugeni Aldonin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher. Darren Fletcher restarts play with the free kick.
  • 10:55 Fabio Da Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Milos Krasic. Vasili Berezutsky takes the free kick.
  • 9:19 Shot from 12 yards by Michael Owen.
  • 6:44 Fabio Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Milos Krasic. Alan Dzagoev crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 6:21 Unfair challenge on Alan Dzagoev by Fabio Da Silva results in a free kick. Deividas Semberas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:11 Foul by Tomas Necid on Fabio Da Silva, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
  • 3:22 The offside flag is raised against Antonio Valencia. Sergei Ignashevich takes the free kick.
  • 2:38 Luis Nani decides to take the corner short.
  • 2:29 Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, Sergei Ignashevich gets a block in.
  • 1:35 Deividas Semberas produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
  • 1:04 Federico Macheda is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Igor Akinfeev.
  • 0:55 Gary Neville produces a cross.
  • 0:18 Shot from outside the box by Alan Dzagoev goes wide right of the target.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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