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Man Utd   1 - 1   Valencia

Anderson (second left) celebrates his equaliser against Valencia
Anderson (second left) scored as his lively performance was rewarded

By Mandeep Sanghera

Manchester United survived a scare as they came back from a goal down to earn a draw against Valencia and top their group in the Champions League.

Pablo Hernandez drove in a shot to put the visitors ahead and in a position to overtake United to top Group C.

Wayne Rooney curled a shot against the crossbar for the home side as they struggled to take their chances.

But United eventually equalised when a Ji-Sung Park shot was parried and Anderson pounced to slot in.

The Brazilian's goal could prove crucial for his side's Champions League aspirations as they now avoid fellow group winners, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, when the last 16 knockout stage draw is made on 17 December.

However, with the minimum of a point needed from the game to top Group C, Sir Alex Ferguson's United made harder work of their task than they should have as their failure to turn their grip on the game into goals almost cost them.

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United striker Dimitar Berbatov had scored five goals in the 7-1 win over Blackburn in his last outing and he was the Old Trafford outfit's main culprit.

The Bulgarian flits from the fantastic to the frustrating and had an evening more of the latter as his profligacy provided a major role in giving group Valencia, who go into the next round as group runners-up, late hope of stealing a win.

Berbatov was especially guilty in the early stages as United set the tone for struggling to make the most of their promising openings.

Anderson might have scored earlier than he did when, after a neat one-two with Rooney, he was clean through on goal but tamely side-footed a shot straight at keeper Vicente Guaita.

Midfielder Anderson's dynamism was influencing events and he helped create a gilt-edged opportunity when he released Berbatov through on goal.

Berbatov tried to round Guaita only to have the ball palmed away from his feet as he spurned the chance to give United's play the cutting edge it deserved.

Valencia had enough about them to take advantage and they provided warning signs of their threat.

Ben Amos was making only his third United start as he made his Champions League debut for the club and the 20-year-old keeper had to be alert to save a Alejandro Dominguez shot after the Valencia striker tried to catch him by surprise.

Dominguez powered an angled shot just wide before the first-half's most significant minute took place.

An unmarked Park was found by a precise Rooney cross but volleyed straight at Guaita from 10-yards.

United were clinically punished for the miss when Dominguez intercepted a Michael Carrick pass and slipped in Hernandez, who drove a shot through the legs of Amos as Ferguson's side conceded their first goal in this season's Champions League.

The home side's frustrations increased when Rooney curled a dipping 22-yard strike against the crossbar, with Nani dragging the rebound wide of the far post.

But United, to their credit, persevered and their pressure eventually told as Valencia buckled.

Park's shot was palmed into the air by Guaita and Anderson was quickest to react as he slotted in.

United employed a dangerous strategy in sitting back towards the end as Valencia were allowed some late possession but the home side stood firm.

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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 1-1 Valencia FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Anderson 62
  • Pablo 32

Man Utd

Substitutes

Valencia

  • 13 Guaita
  • 15 Angel Dealbert
  • 20 Costa
  • 22 Mathieu
  • 23 Miguel yellow card
  • 06 Albelda yellow card
  • 19 Pablo (Feghouli 81)
  • 21 Banega
  • 28 Ramos Jordi Alba (Mata 67)
  • 08 Dominguez (Isco 54)
  • 11 Aduriz

Substitutes

  • 01 Cesar,
  • 03 Maduro,
  • 12 Feghouli,
  • 24 Facundo Costa,
  • 09 Soldado,
  • 10 Mata,
  • 26 Isco
Ref: ProencaAtt: 74,513
MAN UTD
VALENCIA

Possession

  • Man Utd 50%
  • Valencia 50%

Attempts on target

  • Man Utd 10
  • Valencia 5

Attempts off target

  • Man Utd 7
  • Valencia 5

Corners

  • Man Utd 6
  • Valencia 3

Fouls

  • Man Utd 10
  • Valencia 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:15 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+3:00 Centre by Sofiane Feghouli, clearance made by Chris Smalling.
  • 89:04 Substitution Darren Fletcher joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliveira Anderson.
  • 86:17 Ryan Giggs sends in a cross, save by Vicente Guaita.
  • 80:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alarcon Isco on Oliveira Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 80:05 Substitution Sofiane Feghouli comes on in place of Hernandez Pablo.
  • 80:05 Substitution Ryan Giggs joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luis Nani.
  • 77:15 Wayne Rooney fouled by Luis Miguel, the ref awards a free kick. Fabio Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:15 Booking Booking for Luis Miguel.
  • 76:52 Juan Mata takes a shot. Save by Ben Amos.
  • 75:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Albelda on Ji-Sung Park. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
  • 74:13 A cross is delivered by Jeremy Mathieu, clearance by Rafael Da Silva.
  • 73:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Indirect free kick taken by Jeremy Mathieu.
  • 72:53 Effort from long distance by Alarcon Isco goes wide right of the target.
  • 72:35 Centre by Jeremy Mathieu, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 71:52 Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Aritz Aduriz makes a clearance.
  • 70:55 The offside flag is raised against Luis Nani. Indirect free kick taken by Jeremy Mathieu.
  • 69:59 Shot from just outside the box by Luis Miguel misses to the right of the goal.
  • 69:50 Hernandez Pablo crosses the ball, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 68:25 Shot by Aritz Aduriz from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 67:00 Substitution Juan Mata comes on in place of Ramos Jordi Alba.
  • 66:38 Shot from deep inside the area by Luis Nani clears the crossbar.
  • 66:15 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Vicente Guaita.
  • 65:21 Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Vicente Guaita makes a comfortable save.
  • 65:10 Luis Nani takes a shot. Angel Dealbert gets a block in.
  • 63:46 David Albelda takes a shot. Save by Ben Amos.
  • 61:55 GOAL - Oliveira AndersonMan Utd 1 - 1 Valencia Oliveira Anderson scores a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-1 Valencia.
  • 60:58 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Vicente Guaita makes a brilliant save.
  • 60:19 Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • 59:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Albelda on Fabio Da Silva. Fabio Da Silva takes the free kick.
  • 59:03 Booking Booking for David Albelda for unsporting behaviour.
  • 58:28 Foul by Aritz Aduriz on Rafael Da Silva, free kick awarded. Rafael Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:50 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Hernandez Pablo, volleyed right-footed shot by Aritz Aduriz. Save by Ben Amos.
  • 55:53 The offside flag is raised against Dimitar Berbatov. Indirect free kick taken by Vicente Guaita.
  • 55:28 Luis Nani takes the inswinging corner, save made by Vicente Guaita.
  • 55:20 Luis Nani crosses the ball, Angel Dealbert makes a clearance.
  • 53:52 Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Free kick taken by Vicente Guaita.
  • 53:52 Substitution Alejandro Dominguez goes off and Alarcon Isco comes on.
  • 50:44 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luis Nani, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vicente Guaita by Nemanja Vidic. Vicente Guaita takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 49:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson by David Albelda. Wayne Rooney fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • Correction - 49:30 Substitution Chris Smalling on for Rio Ferdinand.
  • 49:30 David Albelda challenges Oliveira Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Rooney has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 49:30 Substitution Chris Smalling joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rio Ferdinand.
  • 49:02 The ball is crossed by Fabio Da Silva, Miguel Ricardo Costa makes a clearance.
  • 48:47 The ball is crossed by Fabio Da Silva, Vicente Guaita makes a save.
  • 48:11 A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Vicente Guaita makes a save.
  • 46:58 Wayne Rooney delivers the ball, Dimitar Berbatov has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 46:42 Corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson, clearance by Angel Dealbert.
  • 46:36 Rafael Da Silva produces a cross, clearance by Angel Dealbert.
  • 46:17 Wayne Rooney delivers the ball, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Vicente Guaita.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:19 The match has reached half-time.
  • Correction - 44:50 Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Aritz Aduriz makes a clearance.
  • 44:50 Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post, Ever Banega manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:47 Foul by Oliveira Anderson on Ramos Jordi Alba, free kick awarded. Jeremy Mathieu takes the direct free kick.
  • 43:47 Booking The referee shows Oliveira Anderson a yellow card.
  • 42:47 A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Angel Dealbert makes a clearance.
  • 41:24 Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Dominguez. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Alejandro Dominguez, Ben Amos makes a comfortable save.
  • 40:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramos Jordi Alba by Luis Nani. Alejandro Dominguez restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:28 Foul by Nemanja Vidic on Aritz Aduriz, free kick awarded. Miguel Ricardo Costa takes the free kick.
  • 38:56 Luis Nani delivers the ball.
  • 38:16 Jeremy Mathieu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
  • 37:49 Rafael Da Silva fouled by Ramos Jordi Alba, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 35:27 Luis Nani produces a mishit right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 35:15 Curled right-footed shot by Wayne Rooney.
  • 35:07 The ball is delivered by Luis Nani.
  • 31:50 Assist on the goal came from Alejandro Dominguez.
  • 31:50 GOAL - Hernandez PabloMan Utd 0 - 1 Valencia Hernandez Pablo gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 0-1 Valencia.
  • 30:50 The ball is swung over by Wayne Rooney, Ji-Sung Park has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Brilliant save by Vicente Guaita.
  • 30:03 A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Angel Dealbert makes a clearance.
  • 27:49 Oliveira Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ever Banega. Free kick taken by Jeremy Mathieu.
  • 26:06 Luis Nani crosses the ball.
  • 25:59 Centre by Luis Nani, Angel Dealbert makes a clearance.
  • 24:30 Oliveira Anderson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 23:33 Luis Nani takes a shot. Comfortable save by Vicente Guaita.
  • 23:23 Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line.
  • 21:34 Fabio Da Silva challenges Hernandez Pablo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luis Miguel takes the free kick.
  • 19:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramos Jordi Alba on Luis Nani. Ben Amos restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:23 Wayne Rooney is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Angel Dealbert.
  • 17:47 The assistant referee flags for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Angel Dealbert takes the indirect free kick.
  • 17:02 Effort from deep inside the area by Alejandro Dominguez misses to the right of the target.
  • 16:29 The ball is crossed by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 15:32 Alejandro Dominguez takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ben Amos.
  • 14:03 Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Save by Vicente Guaita.
  • 13:00 Unfair challenge on Angel Dealbert by Ji-Sung Park results in a free kick. David Albelda takes the free kick.
  • 12:51 Ji-Sung Park produces a cross, Miguel Ricardo Costa manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by David Albelda. Nemanja Vidic takes the direct free kick.
  • 10:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabio Da Silva on Miguel Ricardo Costa. Direct free kick taken by Vicente Guaita.
  • 10:40 The ball is swung over by Ji-Sung Park, clearance made by Miguel Ricardo Costa.
  • 9:59 The ball is swung over by Hernandez Pablo, Close range headed effort by Miguel Ricardo Costa misses to the right of the goal.
  • 9:40 Short corner taken by Hernandez Pablo.
  • 9:31 Ramos Jordi Alba sends in a cross, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
  • 7:52 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alejandro Dominguez from the left by-line to the near post.
  • 5:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Miguel on Ji-Sung Park. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
  • 4:35 The ball is crossed by Luis Miguel, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 3:53 Shot from outside the penalty box by Luis Nani goes wide right of the goal.
  • 3:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by David Albelda. Luis Nani takes the free kick.
  • 0:36 Fabio Da Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Dominguez. David Albelda takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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