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Man Utd   0 - 1   Besiktas

Gabriel Obertan
Obertan (right) was United's best performer on the night

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer, at Old Trafford

Rodrigo Tello's deflected first-half goal defeated a youthful Manchester United as Besiktas ended their 23-game unbeaten sequence at Old Trafford in the Champions League.

Sir Alex Ferguson - with qualification for the last 16 already assured - fielded an experimental line-up and gave some of Manchester United's young brigade a chance to shine on the big European stage.

Gabriel Obertan was the most promising of the Old Trafford undercard, but the inexperience of a side also containing Danny Welbeck, Federico Macheda, Rafael da Silva and Darron Gibson was exposed as they failed to turn long periods of territorial domination into an end product.

And that long run without a loss, stretching back to when AC Milan won 1-0 at Old Trafford in February 2005, was broken when Tello's long-range strike after 20 minutes took a touch off Rafael and beat keeper Ben Foster.

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Besiktas's veteran keeper Rustu emerged as his side's hero in injury-time, rolling back the years to produce two fabulous saves in quick succession from Macheda and Wes Brown as United went in desperate search of an equaliser.

They were United's last opportunities and the noisy band of Besiktas supporters inside Old Trafford celebrated wildly at the final whistle.

United boss Ferguson made eight changes from the side that won easily against Everton on Saturday, and while they were lively they created little to trouble the colourful Turkish international keeper Rustu.

Obertan made a lively start and flashed an inviting cross into the six-yard box with no United player able to apply the final touch - and Macheda sent a shot just wide on the turn from the edge of the area.

Besiktas, perhaps encouraged by the under-strength nature of United's team, swept forward and took the lead after 20 minutes when Tello sent an angled shot from 25 yards beyond the reach of Foster.

It looked like Foster may have been at fault, but in the much-criticised keeper's defence, Tello's effort took a crucial deflection off Rafael.

Obertan had a chance to draw United level when he broke clear into the area, but his attempt to beat Rustu at his near post failed as the keeper made a comfortable block.

Michael Fink could have doubled Besiktas's lead as the interval approached, but he sent a low effort against the outside of an upright from 10 yards with Foster helpless.

United continued to enjoy almost all the possession after the break, with Ji-Sung Park shooting wide and the lively Obertan forcing Rustu to dive low to his left to save his 20-yard effort after a superb run.

Rodrigo Tello
Rodrigo Tello celebrates scoring the winner for Besiktas

Ferguson attempted to give United an end product for all their possession by introducing Michael Owen for Park after 68 minutes as Besiktas were having difficulty getting out of their own half.

And the Scot was left fuming on the sidelines as another substitute, Patrice Evra, provided a penalty shout when he looked like he was blocked in the box, but the referee waved away the appeals.

There was still time for United to finally find their way through to Rustu in five minutes of stoppage time, but the battle-hardened keeper showed he still possessed some of the old magic with two stunning stops to deny first Macheda and then Brown to seal a famous victory for the Turks.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 0-1 Besiktas FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Tello 20

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Besiktas

    • 01 Rustu yellow card
    • 03 Koybasi
    • 04 Kas
    • 19 Uzulmez
    • 27 Ferrari
    • 58 Toraman (Guven 67)
    • 05 Fink
    • 14 Tello (Inceman 75)
    • 17 Ekrem Dag
    • 28 Ernst
    • 13 Bobo (Karadeniz 84 yellow card)

    Substitutes

    • 87 Celikay,
    • 44 Guven,
    • 15 Rodrigo Tabata,
    • 25 Inceman,
    • 29 Simsek,
    • 77 Zengin,
    • 09 Karadeniz
    Ref: LannoyAtt: 74,242
    MAN UTD
    BESIKTAS

    Possession

    • Man Utd 59%
    • Besiktas 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Man Utd 16
    • Besiktas 2

    Attempts off target

    • Man Utd 10
    • Besiktas 4

    Corners

    • Man Utd 7
    • Besiktas 1

    Fouls

    • Man Utd 10
    • Besiktas 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:50 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+5:36 Michael Carrick takes a shot. Rustu Recber makes a save.
    • 90:00+4:54 Booking Caution for Rustu Recber.
    • 90:00+3:35 The assistant referee signals for offside against Oliveira Anderson. Rustu Recber restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:00 Inswinging corner taken by Oliveira Anderson, Wes Brown takes a shot. Save made by Rustu Recber.
    • Correction - 90:00+2:42 Federico Macheda takes a shot. Rustu Recber makes a save.
    • 90:00+2:42 Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Save by Rustu Recber.
    • 90:00+1:26 Michael Carrick produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 90:00+0:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ibrahim Kas by Federico Macheda. Rustu Recber takes the free kick.
    • 87:22 Unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Ugur Inceman results in a free kick. Nemanja Vidic takes the free kick.
    • 85:47 Corner from right by-line taken by Oliveira Anderson.
    • 85:38 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahim Kas.
    • 84:11 Patrice Evra takes the free kick.
    • 84:03 Booking The referee books Batuhan Karadeniz for unsporting behaviour.
    • 83:53 Batuhan Karadeniz is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 83:28 Substitution Deivson Bobo leaves the field to be replaced by Batuhan Karadeniz.
    • 82:11 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Comfortable save by Rustu Recber.
    • 79:04 Erhan Guven challenges Danny Welbeck unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Michael Carrick.
    • 78:24 Federico Macheda crosses the ball, Michael Fink makes a clearance.
    • 75:35 Danny Welbeck takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Erhan Guven gets a block in.
    • 74:24 Substitution Ugur Inceman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rodrigo Tello.
    • 72:59 Substitution Patrice Evra replaces Rafael Da Silva.
    • 72:55 Substitution Michael Carrick is brought on as a substitute for Darron Gibson.
    • 69:08 Oliveira Anderson fouled by Erhan Guven, the ref awards a free kick. Darron Gibson shoots direct from the free kick, Rustu Recber makes a comfortable save.
    • 67:53 Substitution Michael Owen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ji-Sung Park.
    • 67:14 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Neville from the right by-line, clearance by Ibrahim Uzulmez.
    • 67:03 Federico Macheda takes a shot. Michael Fink gets a block in.
    • 65:56 Free kick taken by Matteo Ferrari.
    • 65:56 Substitution Erhan Guven comes on in place of Ibrahim Toraman.
    • 65:56 Federico Macheda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Fink.
    • 61:39 Federico Macheda sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Gabriel Obertan goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 61:28 Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahim Kas.
    • 60:51 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line.
    • 60:42 Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Save by Rustu Recber.
    • 55:55 Ji-Sung Park produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 54:58 Ismail Koybasi challenges Gabriel Obertan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Neville.
    • 53:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darron Gibson on Deivson Bobo. Strike on goal comes in from Rodrigo Tello from the free kick.
    • 52:52 Gary Neville concedes a free kick for a foul on Ismail Koybasi. Direct free kick taken by Ismail Koybasi.
    • 52:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Federico Macheda by Ibrahim Kas. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:26 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Danny Welbeck goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 50:28 Ismail Koybasi takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
    • 49:32 Darron Gibson challenges Fabian Ernst unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rodrigo Tello restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:10 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 44:36 Foul by Gabriel Obertan on Ibrahim Uzulmez, free kick awarded. Ibrahim Uzulmez takes the direct free kick.
    • 43:23 The ball is delivered by Gabriel Obertan.
    • 41:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ibrahim Uzulmez by Gabriel Obertan. Rustu Recber takes the free kick.
    • 40:45 Effort from just inside the penalty area by Michael Fink strikes the post.
    • 37:47 Effort from just outside the area by Darron Gibson goes over the bar.
    • 37:24 Gary Neville sends in a cross, Ekrem Dag manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:02 Rafael Da Silva is ruled offside. Rustu Recber takes the free kick.
    • 34:49 Inswinging corner taken by Rodrigo Tello from the left by-line.
    • 33:23 Oliveira Anderson fouled by Ibrahim Toraman, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wes Brown.
    • 30:28 Federico Macheda takes a shot. Matteo Ferrari gets a block in.
    • 30:11 Short corner taken by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line.
    • 30:01 Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Rustu Recber makes a save.
    • 29:33 Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Matteo Ferrari gets a block in.
    • 29:09 A cross is delivered by Gabriel Obertan, Matteo Ferrari manages to make a clearance.
    • 27:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ekrem Dag by Rafael Da Silva. Rustu Recber takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:50 Federico Macheda takes a shot. Ibrahim Toraman gets a block in.
    • 25:56 Gary Neville produces a cross, Ekrem Dag manages to make a clearance.
    • 25:35 Oliveira Anderson takes a short corner.
    • 25:11 The offside flag is raised against Rodrigo Tello. Free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.
    • 24:16 Gary Neville produces a cross, Matteo Ferrari makes a clearance.
    • 19:03 The assist for the goal came from Ismail Koybasi.
    • 19:03 GOAL - Rodrigo TelloMan Utd 0 - 1 Besiktas Rodrigo Tello finds the back of the net with a goal from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 0-1 Besiktas.
    • 17:49 Shot from just outside the box by Federico Macheda misses to the right of the target.
    • 16:13 The ball is delivered by Ji-Sung Park, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ibrahim Toraman by Federico Macheda. Rustu Recber takes the free kick.
    • 15:34 Foul by Michael Fink on Oliveira Anderson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
    • 14:38 Darron Gibson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
    • 14:16 The ball is sent over by Gary Neville, Ibrahim Kas manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:56 The ball is swung over by Danny Welbeck, clearance by Ibrahim Toraman.
    • 12:38 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Oliveira Anderson, Nemanja Vidic has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 12:19 Darron Gibson takes a shot. Michael Fink gets a block in.
    • Correction - 11:20 Shot from just outside the box by Deivson Bobo misses to the right of the goal.
    • 11:20 Shot from just outside the box by Deivson Bobo misses to the right of the target.
    • 8:42 Michael Fink takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
    • 6:29 The assistant referee signals for offside against Federico Macheda. Rustu Recber takes the indirect free kick.
    • 6:15 Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Save by Rustu Recber.
    • 5:31 Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahim Toraman.
    • 4:01 Danny Welbeck gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matteo Ferrari. Rustu Recber takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Matteo Ferrari. Free kick taken by Gary Neville.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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