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Rangers   0 - 1   Man Utd

Wayne Rooney tucks away a late penalty at Ibrox
Rooney hammered home a late penalty to earn United victory at Ibrox

By Colin Moffat

A late penalty from Wayne Rooney eased Manchester United into the last 16 of the Champions League, with Rangers dropping into the Europa League.

Rooney converted an 87th-minute spot-kick awarded for Steven Naismith's high challenge on Fabio da Silva.

Rooney had earlier hit the crossbar with a first-half header as United enjoyed the bulk of possession.

Rangers' best chances fell to Kenny Miller but the striker sent a header wide and had a close-range shot saved.

United were far from their best but extended their unbeaten run to 28 games without too much fuss.

Rooney, making his first start since the beginning of October, was rather rusty but demonstrated a few nice touches and slammed the decisive penalty home in emphatic style.

A Rangers side missing Madjid Bougherra, Sasa Papac and Maurice Edu were forced into a defensive reshuffle yet remained compact and obdurate.

However, for a side needing to take three points to have any chance of progress, Walter Smith's men were too timid in attack.

With Steven Davis deployed as a stand-in right-back, Rangers missed his energy and clever promptings in the middle of the park.

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And the Northern Ireland midfielder was fortunate not to concede a penalty in the first few minutes when he awkwardly clattered into Dimitar Berbatov.

Soon after, the Manchester United forward was able to connect with a cross from da Silva but could only find the arms of Allan McGregor with a close range header.

Rangers were seldom seen as an attacking force but they were presented with a good chance on 15 minutes when David Weir headed on a deep free-kick from Davis and Miller could only nod wide of the far post from the angle of the six-yard box.

With Rangers content to sit back and United lacking any real sense of urgency there was little action to keep either goalkeeper warm as temperatures plummeted.

A neat United move fizzled out with a Nani mis-hit on the edge of penalty area and the Portuguese winger then blazed over the crossbar after a sharp one-two with Michael Carrick.

Rooney, who was roundly jeered throughout by the home crowd, had been very quiet but went close with a soaring header that crashed against the bar on 39 minutes.

Rangers responded immediately, with Naismith slipping Miller in behind the visiting defence only for the Scotland striker to shoot straight at the legs of Edwin van der Sar from a tight angle.

Steven Naismith conceded a late penalty
Rangers were stubborn in defence but offered little in attack

The second half was less than two minutes old when Rooney whipped a 30-yard free-kick narrowly wide.

Berbatov then made a mess of a volley from near the penalty spot before McGregor got down well to thwart Carrick after a cute lay-off from Rooney had cut the Rangers defence open.

With the game opening up briefly, a misjudgement from United defender Johnny Evans allowed Naismith to get an outstretched toe to the ball on the edge of the penalty area but van der Sar was out quickly to block, while McGregor was again alert to keep out a raking effort from Berbatov.

The Rangers goalkeeper then did well to spread himself and prevent a low Nani delivery from whizzing across his goal.

With the home side remaining reluctant to get men forward, the match appeared to be petering out when da Silva's dart into the penalty box was brought to a crude halt by the high boot of Naismith.

Rooney confidently converted from the spot, with McGregor diving in the opposite direction, to leave Sir Alex Ferguson's side three points ahead of Valencia going into the last round of group fixtures.

Rangers will travel to bottom side Bursaspor knowing third place in the section is already theirs.

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 0-1 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Rooney (pen) 87

    Rangers

    • 01 McGregor
    • 03 Weir
    • 04 Broadfoot
    • 12 Foster
    • 16 Whittaker yellow card
    • 06 McCulloch
    • 08 Davis
    • 20 Weiss (Fleck 79)
    • 09 Miller
    • 14 Naismith yellow card
    • 41 Hutton yellow card (Beattie 88)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Alexander,
    • 36 Perry,
    • 39 Wylde,
    • 10 Fleck,
    • 19 Beattie,
    • 34 Loy

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Ref: M BusaccaAtt: 49,764
    RANGERS
    MAN UTD

    Possession

    • Rangers 44%
    • Man Utd 56%

    Attempts on target

    • Rangers 5
    • Man Utd 12

    Attempts off target

    • Rangers 2
    • Man Utd 8

    Corners

    • Rangers 1
    • Man Utd 13

    Fouls

    • Rangers 8
    • Man Utd 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:23 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+2:51 Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Fabio Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:51 Booking Caution for Steven Whittaker.
    • 90:00+2:20 Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, Richard Foster takes a shot. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.
    • 89:48 Effort on goal by Steven Naismith from 20 yards. Blocked by Chris Smalling.
    • 88:49 Foul by Chris Smalling on James Beattie, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Davis.
    • 88:38 Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 88:01 Short corner worked by Oliveira Anderson.
    • 87:57 The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
    • 87:16 Substitution Kyle Hutton goes off and James Beattie comes on.
    • 86:43 Steven Naismith challenges Fabio Da Silva unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
    • 86:43 GOAL - Wayne RooneyRangers 0 - 1 Man Utd Wayne Rooney scores a penalty. Rangers 0-1 Man Utd.
    • 85:12 Booking Steven Naismith goes into the book.
    • 84:17 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kenny Miller. Edwin Van der Sar takes the indirect free kick.
    • 82:57 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs to the near post, clearance made by Steven Naismith.
    • 82:49 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Steven Whittaker gets a block in.
    • 82:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabio Da Silva by Kyle Hutton. Fabio Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:22 Booking Kyle Hutton is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 81:03 The ball is swung over by Gabriel Obertan, Richard Foster gets a block in.
    • 80:06 The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 78:44 Substitution John Fleck is brought on as a substitute for Vladimir Weiss.
    • 78:30 Shot by Michael Carrick from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 77:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Ryan Giggs. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
    • 76:07 Substitution Gabriel Obertan replaces Luis Nani.
    • 75:48 Substitution Javier Hernandez on for Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 74:48 Shot by Wayne Rooney. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 73:47 Wayne Rooney has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 73:15 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 72:40 The ball is swung over by Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 70:26 Shot by Wayne Rooney from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
    • 69:05 Richard Foster fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 68:46 Centre by Steven Davis, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:29 The ball is swung over by Steven Naismith.
    • 67:40 Fabio Da Silva challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, clearance by Michael Carrick.
    • Correction - 66:03 Michael Carrick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Miller. Vladimir Weiss crosses the ball in from the free kick, Unfair challenge on Fabio Da Silva by David Weir results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • Correction - 66:03 Substitution Oliveira Anderson is brought on as a substitute for Paul Scholes.
    • 66:03 Unfair challenge on Kenny Miller by Michael Carrick results in a .
    • 66:03 Substitution Oliveira Anderson is brought on as a substitute for Paul Scholes.
    • 65:30 Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, blocked by Ryan Giggs.
    • 63:47 Centre by John O'Shea, save by Steven Davis.
    • 61:30 Paul Scholes takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.
    • 61:27 Michael Carrick takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.
    • 61:18 Short corner worked by Paul Scholes.
    • 60:32 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
    • 60:25 Luis Nani crosses the ball, Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.
    • 58:53 Paul Scholes crosses the ball.
    • 58:24 Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani to the near post, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:09 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
    • 57:12 Steven Whittaker produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
    • 57:00 Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 56:14 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the left by-line, clearance by David Weir.
    • 56:01 The ball is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, clearance made by Lee McCulloch.
    • 54:24 Michael Carrick takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
    • 54:04 Kyle Hutton takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 53:24 Richard Foster fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 52:23 The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 49:43 Ryan Giggs takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
    • 49:37 Luis Nani produces a cross, clearance made by David Weir.
    • 48:15 The offside flag is raised against Kenny Miller. Free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
    • 47:38 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 45:46 Foul by Kyle Hutton on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:04 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+0:23 Jonathan Evans challenges Kenny Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a clearance.
    • 44:37 The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, David Weir makes a clearance.
    • 42:31 The official flags Kenny Miller offside. Free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
    • 41:43 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Vladimir Weiss.
    • 41:26 Kenny Miller takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
    • 39:25 Fabio Da Silva crosses the ball, Wayne Rooney takes a shot.
    • 37:48 The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, blocked by Kirk Broadfoot.
    • 36:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Fabio Da Silva. Steven Whittaker takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:26 Effort on goal by Luis Nani from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 36:16 The ball is delivered by John O'Shea, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.
    • 35:15 Ryan Giggs delivers the ball, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Miller on Jonathan Evans. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
    • 33:12 Kenny Miller challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
    • 32:46 Corner from left by-line taken by Ryan Giggs.
    • 32:39 The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs, blocked by Steven Davis.
    • 30:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Steven Naismith. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from left channel.
    • 25:31 Dimitar Berbatov is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 24:58 Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by David Weir.
    • 24:46 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Blocked by Kirk Broadfoot.
    • 23:54 Dimitar Berbatov produces a cross.
    • 22:56 Luis Nani takes a shot. Clearance by Kirk Broadfoot.
    • 21:53 The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.
    • 21:20 Kirk Broadfoot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.
    • 17:31 Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. Free kick taken by Kirk Broadfoot.
    • 16:24 Paul Scholes produces a cross.
    • 14:53 Unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Fabio Da Silva results in a free kick. Steven Davis produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Kenny Miller goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 14:22 Corner from the left by-line taken by Luis Nani, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 13:24 Corner crossed in by Ryan Giggs, Steven Davis makes a clearance.
    • 13:18 Dimitar Berbatov delivers the ball, clearance by David Weir.
    • 12:43 The ball is delivered by Steven Davis, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
    • 10:50 The ball is swung over by Fabio Da Silva, save made by Allan McGregor.
    • 10:41 The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
    • 9:18 A cross is delivered by Dimitar Berbatov, clearance made by Richard Foster.
    • 9:05 Paul Scholes takes a shot. Steven Whittaker gets a block in.
    • 8:42 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
    • 8:36 The ball is swung over by Dimitar Berbatov, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
    • 6:41 The ball is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
    • 4:06 Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith. Direct free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
    • 3:07 The referee blows for offside against Kenny Miller. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:58 Kenny Miller fouled by Chris Smalling, the ref awards a free kick. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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