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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 March 2007, 19:34 GMT
Middlesbrough-Man Utd clockwatch

By Andrew McKenzie

PLAYER RATER: Cristiano Ronaldo is edging your vote for man-of-the-match, ahead of Wayne Rooney and Lee Cattermole. But it is not too late for you to have your say.

The final whistle goes to end an absorbing 90 minutes. A replay is probably not what either wanted, but that's what they have got and probably deserved on the balance of play. United dominated the first half but Boro were the better side after the break. The two sides will meet again at Old Trafford on 19 March.

1925: It nearly did as Ryan Giggs finds a bit of space on the left and fires in a cross and then a shot which is blocked.

1923: Three minutes of added-on time to be played. Has this intriguing Cup tie got a late twist?

1921: Mark Viduka goes off just as he was starting to look interested. George Boateng's mixed contribution also comes to an end, with Lee Dong Gook and Jason Euell the new arrivals.

1920: All of a sudden it looks like it could be Boro's game to win. Julio Arca hammers in an effort at goal that is well charged down.

1918: Boro's best spell for a while almost results in a third goal. Mark Viduka battles his way through a couple of challenges before seeing his shot blocked and then Tomasz Kuszczak saves the follow-up shot.

1915: James Morrison's first contribution is to force a corner off Nemanja Vidic and the United defence is again far from convincing in dealing with Stewart Downing's inswinger. This game could go either way.

1913: Andrew Taylor has had enough of Cristiano Ronaldo's teasing so he hauls the tricky winger down. The resulting free-kick is just about dealt with by Boro.

1912: Boro bring on James Morrison for Lee Cattermole.

1911: Gabriel Heinze attempts to do Southgate a favour but his right-foot shot is high, wide and in no danger of settling this tie.

1910: With less than 15 minutes left Boro are on course for a replay. It looks like Boro boss Gareth Southgate has had enough of these pesky extra games and is preparing a sub.

1907: Boro give the ball away in the middle of the park and United hit them on the break with numbers. But Ryan Giggs finds himself crowded out and Wayne Rooney's shot is weak. Michael Carrick appears to have taken a cuff to the face in the build-up.

1904: George Boateng brings down Cristiano Ronaldo 35 yards out. The United winger takes the free-kick but it is a wild one and flies way off the mark.

1900: Middlesbrough 2-2 Man Utd
Cristiano Ronaldo makes no mistake from the spot, powering in to Mark Schwarzer's right for his 17th of the season.

United are given a helping hand from Boro scorer George Boateng. Rio Ferdinand flicks on a Ryan Giggs corner and the Boro skipper puts up both hands to protect his face, Rob Styles hesitating briefly before pointing to the spot.

1856: Signs of frustration from United now and Sir Alex Ferguson is out of the dug-out, chewing vigorously.

1854: Wayne Rooney tries his luck from long-range but the young forward is well off target.

1851: We've got nearly half an hour to go and it looks like it could be a long 30 minutes for the home side as United dominate.

1847: The attendance is announced at 33,308. The majority are off their feet as Stuart Parnaby charges into the area, but Nemanja Vidic's big body gets in the way and he shoots well over.

1844: We have a cracking Cup tie on our hands now. Wayne Rooney goes tumbling in the box under a challenge from Stuart Parnaby but Rob Styles says no penalty and Rooney slaps the turf in disgust. Temper temper young man. Come on Henrik, have a word.

1841: Maybe Manchester United felt they didn't need to mark George Boateng, after all the Boro midfielder has only managed six goals in nearly five years and over 150 games for Boro. That is his first of the season.

1839: GOAL Middlesbrough 2-1 Man Utd
Boro ARE in dreamland as George Boateng puts them in front when he is left unmarked six yards out and stoops to head Stewart Downing's corner powerfully past Tomasz Kuszczak.

1838: Nearly a dream start for Boro as Stewart Downing gets half a yard of space and whips in a cross that Tomasz Kuszczak flaps at.

1838: The second half kicks off at the Riverside. Rio Ferdinand takes his place in the United defence, despite taking a knock late in the first period.

1837: The players are out for the second half. They are potentially only 135 minutes away from a trip to the new Wembley, which is nearly as many weeks that the opening of the stadium is overdue.

PLAYER RATER: You have made Cristiano Ronaldo the player of the half, with Ryan Giggs his closest challenger. It can all change though, and surely Lee Cattermole will rise up the rankings if he can crack another superb goal. Or will Wayne Rooney beat him to the winner?

"You didn't see Middlesbrough getting back into the game. Manchester United have been the dominant force."
Gary Pallister, BBC pundit and ex-Boro and United star

Boro will be the happier of the two sides after Lee Cattermole's late goal. United looked to be strolling towards the FA Cup semi-finals but it is well and truly game on now.

1819: Rob Styles attempts to spoil the Henrik Larsson leaving party by booking the Swede for diving. It looks to be a harsh decision, but Larsson accepts his punishment without complaint. His parents must be so proud.

1818: GOAL Middlesbrough 1-1 Man Utd
Boro are back on level terms through a clinical finish from Lee Cattermole. Tomasz Kuszczak tries to punch a Stewart Downing cross but it falls for Julio Arca who heads it back into the box and Cattermole takes a great first touch before turning and firing into the net.

1813: Rio Ferdinand goes down in agony after a seemingly innocuous nudge with the elbow from Yakubu. He eventually manages to carry on but looks far from comfortable. The last thing Sir Alex needs is another major injury.

1811: The first sign of life from Mark Viduka as he takes a long ball on the chest and then turns two players in one movement.

1810: Nervous times indeed as Gary Neville finds Ryan Giggs and he volleys against the post from a tricky angle.

1809: Boro fail to clear a corner and when the ball comes back into the box United appeal for a handball. Nervous times for Boro.

1807: Manchester United open up the Boro backline with ease but it is almost too easy as Gary Neville produces a sloppy pass that fails to find a surging Cristiano Ronaldo.

1805: Boro midfielder Julio Arca is the first into referee Rob Styles's notebook after pulling down Cristiano Ronaldo.

1802: Just as Boro looked like they were getting bogged down they create their best chance of the game from almost nothing. A Mark Viduka flick finds Yakubu and he shows great strength to turn into the box but Tomasz Kuszczak beats out his shot.

1800: Boy wonder number two, Cristiano Ronaldo, threatens a second goal when he drives at the heart of the Boro defence but his shot is gathered low down by Mark Schwarzer.

1758: The goal ends a run of seven games without a goal for the boy wonder.

1756: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-1 Man Utd
United take a deserved lead through Wayne Rooney. The England star seems to waste a good opportunity to test Mark Schwarzer, but after taking a couple of extra touches he drives the ball low past the Australian keeper from just outside the area.

1754: Cristiano Ronaldo goes down under a clumsy challenge from Lee Cattermole on the left side. The Portuguese winger gets up to take the setpiece but wastes the opportunity.

1752: Middlesbrough are struggling to get the ball out of their own half at the moment. The front two of Mark Viduka and Yakubu, who have combined for 18 goals in their last 13 appearances together, have not seen much action so far.

1749: John O'Shea wipes out George Boateng in an aerial challenge. Nothing sinister, although Lee Cattermole has a quiet word. The Boro skipper gets up after a bit of physio treatment and is able to continue.

1747: Henrik Larsson is obviously keen to go out on a high. He's producing some lovely touches to bring in his team-mates. That cannot be said of man-of-the-moment Cristiano Ronaldo who makes a horrible mess of a left-foot shot.

1745: Some lovely one-touch football from Manchester United ends with Henrik Larsson again teeing-up Wayne Rooney, but a Jonathan Woodgate lunge seems to put him off and he shoots wide.

1743: It is end-to-end stuff and a Ryan Giggs flick almost puts in Wayne Rooney but Mark Schwarzer is out quickly to gather.

1741: A let-off for Manchester United as Julio Arca threads through in a lovely pass for Stewart Downing, but Tomasz Kuszczak does well to get his body in the way and the ball loops just over.

1739: Middlesbrough's first attack comes to nothing when Mark Viduka handles in the United area. Just because you have got gloves on doesn't mean you can handle the ball Mark.

1737: Cristiano Ronaldo sees his first sight of the ball and gets the boos from the crowd, but he's probably used to that by now. Stewart Downing is not much friendlier as he pinches the ball off the United winger.

1735: The first sniff of goal goes to United, with Henrik Larsson opting to try and square it for strike partner Wayne Rooney rather than have a pop himself.

1734: We are off and running - just the four minutes late.

1730: The teams are out for the warm-up, including United forward Henrik Larsson who is making his last appearance for the club before his loan deal ends.

1729: Manchester United have had some success over Boro in this competition recently. They won 3-0 in the fourth round at Old Trafford in 2005.

1728: The crowd that day was just 17,624, but thankfully we have a full house of over 35,000 at the Riverside today despite the game being on BBC television.

1726: Goals from Noel Whelan and Andy Campbell won the game for Boro that year. There are no survivors from the Boro side that day, although manager Gareth Southgate was part of the defence that kept out United that day.

1723: Manchester United go into the game as favourites to win the tie. But the Premiership leaders have had some troubles at the Riverside. The two sides met at the fourth-round stage five years ago and Boro ran out 2-0 winners.

1719: But compare that to Boro's rocky road to the Riverside. The Teessiders have played lower league opposition in every round but a right meal of it so far. They were taken to a replay by Hull and were losing to both Bristol City and West Brom before winning both ties on penalties.

1717: Neither of these sides have enjoyed an easy ride to the sixth round. Manchester United, who have faced Premiership clubs in every round, left it late to beat Aston Villa and Portsmouth before being taken to a replay by Reading.

1714: Van der Sar's injury means a place in the starting line-up for Tomasz Kuszczak, who has played in the previous three rounds. Midfielder Chris Eagles earns a spot on the bench, but United go into the game without a substitute keeper.

1710: There is an early blow for Manchester United with Edwin van der Sar pulling a calf muscle in the warm-up and having to withdraw.


Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs earns a recall in place of the suspended Paul Scholes, while Gabriel Heinze comes in for the injured Mikael Silvestre. Middlesbrough are unchanged from the team that drew at Newcastle, with Julio Arca and Lee Cattermole both shaking off knocks to play.

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