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Valencia   0 - 1   Man Utd

Javier Hernandez celebrates his winner
Hernandez wheels away triumphantly after his decisive late strike for United

By Jonathan Stevenson

Javier Hernandez stepped off the bench to get Manchester United's Champions League campaign up and running with a late victory away at Valencia.

Hernandez, who moments before struck the post, collected a pass from fellow substitute Federico Macheda and smashed a left-foot shot low into the corner.

Valencia had been the better side and Roberto Soldado headed over after Edwin van der Sar flapped at a cross.

Dimitar Berbatov forced Cesar Sanchez to save before Hernandez stole victory.

It was harsh on La Liga leaders Valencia but they were made to pay for not creating enough chances with the possession they had and being profligate with the ones they did manage to fashion.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, having set his team up to keep it tight at the back and contain the Spanish side, will be absolutely delighted with the result ahead of two more eminently winnable Group C games against unfancied Turkish team Bursaspor.

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After a 0-0 draw at home to Rangers two weeks ago, United needed to kick-start their European campaign and Ferguson flew out to Spain to watch Valencia last week, missing his team's 5-2 victory at Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup in the process.

Shorn of the services of injured midfielders Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Antonio Valencia and star striker Wayne Rooney, the Scot was forced to adopt a defensive strategy.

Despite having only made one brief substitute appearance apiece in the Premier League this season, Anderson and Michael Carrick came into midfield, with Berbatov forced to plough a lone furrow up front.

And after a decent start from the hosts it was Berbatov who attempted to spark his team into life with a well-struck 30-yarder that flashed just past Cesar's left-hand post.

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Get well soon Antonio Valencia

But neither side seemed in too much of a hurry to commit players forward as the game quickly became a battle for midfield supremacy, with lone strikers Berbatov and Soldado starved of possession for long periods.

Soldado did spurn the best chance of the first half when Alejandro Dominguez's cross from the left evaded Van der Sar's outstretched left hand but the forward could not react in time and headed up and on to the roof of the net.

The home side's best moments, though few and far between, were taking place down their right flank, with the pace of Miguel and Pablo Hernandez causing problems - on one occasion the latter cutting inside and drilling a fine shot just past Van der Sar's right-hand post.

Berbatov was feeding off scraps but he showed his class to control a long pass out from the United back, beat David Navarro for pace and force Cesar to save at his near post.

The longer the game went on the likelier it seemed Valencia would be the team, if any, to steal in for a win but the tiring Soldado shot wide and then headed off target before Manuel Fernandes forced Van der Sar to push his 30-yarder behind.

Just when the Spaniards appeared to be on top, United sent on Hernandez and then Macheda as they hit the hosts with a classic sucker punch.

Moments after Hernandez had met Nani's floated cross at the back post with a shot against the upright, a devastating counter attack handed United the three points.

Nani fed Macheda down the right and when his pass to the edge of the box found Hernandez, the Mexican's first touch took the ball out of his feet and his second lashed the ball into the corner past Cesar Sanchez from 16 yards.

Valencia were too shell-shocked to respond in the five minutes they had left, leaving United with a firm grasp on the destiny of Group C.

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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Valencia 0-1 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Hernandez 85

    Valencia

    • 01 Cesar
    • 03 Maduro
    • 04 Navarro
    • 22 Mathieu
    • 23 Miguel
    • 06 Albelda (Topal 86)
    • 19 Pablo
    • 24 Facundo Costa (Fernandes 74)
    • 08 Dominguez (Aduriz 59 yellow card)
    • 09 Soldado
    • 10 Mata

    Substitutes

    • 25 Moya,
    • 02 Bruno,
    • 20 Costa,
    • 05 Topal,
    • 12 Feghouli,
    • 18 Fernandes,
    • 11 Aduriz

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Ref: V KassaiAtt: 52,689
    VALENCIA
    MAN UTD

    Possession

    • Valencia 51%
    • Man Utd 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Valencia 3
    • Man Utd 4

    Attempts off target

    • Valencia 6
    • Man Utd 4

    Corners

    • Valencia 6
    • Man Utd 3

    Fouls

    • Valencia 14
    • Man Utd 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:13 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+2:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aritz Aduriz on Patrice Evra. Patrice Evra restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:34 Booking Aritz Aduriz receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+1:40 Substitution John O'Shea on for Rafael Da Silva.
    • 90:00+1:17 Roberto Soldado is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 89:51 Corner taken by Manuel Fernandes, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
    • 88:39 Hernandez Pablo takes a shot. Comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 88:35 The ball is sent over by Jeremy Mathieu, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
    • 87:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Federico Macheda on Sanchez Cesar. Sanchez Cesar restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:06 Aritz Aduriz concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 85:31 Substitution (Valencia) makes a substitution, with Mehmet Topal coming on for David Albelda.
    • 84:55 Assist by Federico Macheda.
    • 84:55 GOAL - Javier HernandezValencia 0 - 1 Man Utd Javier Hernandez finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Valencia 0-1 Man Utd.
    • 84:07 Substitution Dimitar Berbatov goes off and Federico Macheda comes on.
    • 83:16 The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, Javier Hernandez has an effort at goal from inside the six-yard box that hits the post.
    • 82:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Roberto Soldado on Nemanja Vidic. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 82:00 A cross is delivered by Javier Hernandez, save by Sanchez Cesar.
    • 81:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Roberto Soldado on Luis Nani. Rafael Da Silva takes the free kick.
    • 80:38 The ball is crossed by Juan Mata, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
    • 79:54 The ball is swung over by Jeremy Mathieu.
    • 78:21 Aritz Aduriz crosses the ball.
    • 77:39 Hernandez Pablo produces a cross, Rafael Da Silva makes a clearance.
    • 76:43 Manuel Fernandes takes a corner.
    • 76:24 Substitution Javier Hernandez on for Oliveira Anderson.
    • Correction - 76:03 Manuel Fernandes takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 76:03 Manuel Fernandes takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 74:48 Luis Nani fouled by Jeremy Mathieu, the ref awards a free kick. Oliveira Anderson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 73:58 Substitution Manuel Fernandes on for Facundo Costa.
    • 73:37 The ball is sent over by Luis Miguel, Roberto Soldado takes has a header from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
    • 72:13 David Navarro concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:55 Outswinging corner taken by Facundo Costa, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
    • 71:35 The ball is crossed by Jeremy Mathieu, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:44 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Blocked by David Navarro.
    • 67:37 Shot by Roberto Soldado. Blocked by Michael Carrick.
    • 67:08 Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by David Navarro.
    • 66:25 Oliveira Anderson takes the inswinging corner, save by Sanchez Cesar.
    • 65:47 Jeremy Mathieu challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.
    • 65:28 The ball is delivered by Facundo Costa, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:23 Luis Nani produces a cross, comfortable save by Sanchez Cesar.
    • 59:37 Shot from close range by Roberto Soldado misses to the left of the goal.
    • 58:54 The ball is delivered by Hernandez Pablo, clearance made by Rafael Da Silva. Corner taken by Facundo Costa, Darren Fletcher manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:03 Substitution Alejandro Dominguez goes off and Aritz Aduriz comes on.
    • 57:50 Shot by Michael Carrick from outside the box goes over the net.
    • 56:09 Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Sanchez Cesar by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Sanchez Cesar takes the free kick.
    • 55:54 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot from 12 yards. Sanchez Cesar makes a save.
    • 54:54 Unfair challenge on Roberto Soldado by Rio Ferdinand results in a free kick. Facundo Costa takes the direct free kick.
    • 52:52 Oliveira Anderson takes a short corner, The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, comfortable save by Sanchez Cesar.
    • 51:33 Hedwiges Maduro fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sanchez Cesar.
    • 50:44 Roberto Soldado sends in a cross, clearance by Rafael Da Silva.
    • 48:47 Hernandez Pablo has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 45:18 The ball is crossed by Dimitar Berbatov, Jeremy Mathieu gets a block in.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:06 The first half comes to an end.
    • 43:48 Unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Juan Mata results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 43:08 Centre by Juan Mata, clearance by Luis Nani.
    • 42:57 Juan Mata takes a short corner.
    • 42:43 Alejandro Dominguez takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
    • 40:26 A cross is delivered by Luis Miguel, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
    • 39:59 A cross is delivered by Jeremy Mathieu, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
    • 36:35 Unfair challenge on David Navarro by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Sanchez Cesar takes the free kick.
    • 36:03 The ball is delivered by Juan Mata, Luis Nani makes a clearance.
    • 35:45 Juan Mata takes a short corner.
    • 33:46 Foul by David Albelda on Michael Carrick, free kick awarded. Luis Nani crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Roberto Soldado.
    • 32:46 Hernandez Pablo sends in a cross.
    • 30:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hernandez Pablo on Rio Ferdinand. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.
    • 28:24 Hernandez Pablo sends in a cross, Rafael Da Silva makes a clearance.
    • 25:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Miguel on Patrice Evra. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:32 Unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Hedwiges Maduro results in a free kick. Darren Fletcher takes the free kick.
    • 23:26 A cross is delivered by Jeremy Mathieu.
    • 21:29 Rafael Da Silva challenges Jeremy Mathieu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Cesar.
    • 18:22 Luis Nani sends in a cross, Shot from close range by Oliveira Anderson misses to the right of the goal.
    • 16:14 Facundo Costa sends in a cross, Roberto Soldado has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 15:19 Shot by Hernandez Pablo from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 15:01 Centre by Hernandez Pablo.
    • 13:28 Hernandez Pablo fouled by Darren Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Facundo Costa crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
    • 12:04 David Navarro concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliveira Anderson. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
    • 7:21 Foul by Luis Nani on Jeremy Mathieu, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sanchez Cesar.
    • 6:07 Unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Facundo Costa results in a free kick. Darren Fletcher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:53 Dimitar Berbatov has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 2:07 The ball is sent over by Roberto Soldado, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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