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Man Utd   3 - 1   Man City (agg 4 - 3)

Wayne Rooney

Man Utd 3-1 Man City

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney's dramatic stoppage-time header sent Manchester United into the Carling Cup final and wrecked Manchester City's hopes of reaching a first major Wembley showpiece in 29 years.

Carlos Tevez looked to have sent the semi-final into extra-time when his sensational backheel flick after 76 minutes answered second-half goals for United from Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick.

But Rooney, United's man of the moment, demonstrated once more that he is in the form of his life by heading Ryan Giggs's cross past City keeper Shay Given to send Old Trafford wild and set up a final meeting with Aston Villa on 28 February.

For City, it was a grim and heartbreaking echo of their Premier League defeat at Old Trafford earlier this season when Michael Owen's last-gasp goal gave United a 4-3 win.

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Roberto Mancini's side showed admirable composure in the cauldron as the battle unfolded, and Tevez and Micah Richards brought fine saves from Edwin van der Sar as they went in search of the goal that would have put them at the gates of Wembley.

But Scholes struck from 18 yards early in the second half, and when Carrick put United ahead on aggregate 19 minutes from time, City's bold bid to show they are now serious rivals to the Old Trafford empire looked in tatters.

Tevez, still very much the villain in the eyes of United's fans after his summer move to Eastlands, threatened to deliver a dream script with an imaginative finish, but Rooney is penning his own big stories these days and it was almost inevitable that he would write the final chapter in this domestic squabble.

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Security was heightened after trouble at the first leg, and United's win was marred by a second-half incident when Craig Bellamy was felled after he appeared to be struck on the head by a coin, with a bottle also thrown.

It did little to sour the Old Trafford elation at the final whistle, and how they enjoyed putting City in their place once more.

The anticipation outside Old Trafford was matched by the crackling atmosphere inside - stoked by the words exchanged between the two clubs since the contentious first leg.

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United set the tempo early on, but once City gained a measure of composure they created the better opportunities in a tightly contested first half.

Tevez, inevitably, was a central figure and Rio Ferdinand was fortunate to escape punishment from referee Howard Webb when he caught the Argentine in the face with a swinging arm as they tussled for possession.

Bellamy tested Van der Sar with a header from Shaun Wright-Phillips's cross, and then set up an even better opportunity which was wastefully squandered by Tevez after 28 minutes.

The former Manchester United striker arrived on the end of Bellamy's perfect cross, but made life too easy for Van der Sar with his headed finish.

United's response was a low shot from Giggs on the edge of the area, but Given was perfectly positioned on the edge of the area to make a routine save.

Carlos Tevez and Rio Ferdinand
Tevez pulled City back into the tie with a classy flick

The pressure was on United to make the running at the start of the second half, but it was City who almost snatched the lead when Richards brought an athletic save from Van der Sar with a rising drive.

Bellamy was then the victim of a shameful incident as he went to take a corner, going to ground after appearing to be struck by a coin, with a plastic bottle also landing in the striker's vicinity.

United made the breakthrough they craved after 52 minutes, and it came from Scholes, who had been at his most influential amid the midfield mayhem.

He was lurking in familiar territory on the edge of the area, and when a loose ball arrived at his feet he drilled it unerringly beyond Given.

The tie had swung towards United, and the balance shifted even further when Carrick added a second with 19 minutes left, just as City boss Mancini prepared to introduce Emmanuel Adebayor in an attempt to wrest back some control.

City failed to clear in the area, and when Fletcher laid the ball back to Carrick, he steered a composed finish across Given into the bottom corner.

Rooney, so deadly in front of goal in recent times, then wasted a glorious opportunity to set the seal on United's night when he somehow turned his shot wide of a gaping goal from eight yards after being played in by Nani.

And how Tevez made him pay just minutes later when he brought the tie level with a stunning piece of invention.

Ferdinand stooped to head Bellamy's cross away, only to find it removed from his forehead by an acrobatic backheel from Tevez that flew low out of the reach of Van der Sar.

Just as Old Trafford was bracing itself for the tension of an extra 30 minutes, United mounted a typical late surge that brought the stoppage-time winner that booked their Wembley ticket.

Given saved superbly from Fletcher, but when City failed to concentrate at the resulting corner, Giggs delivered for Rooney to head past the powerless the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper.

Ferguson danced with delight in the dug-out as City were forced to put their plans to topple their illustrious neighbours on hold.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 3-1 Man City FT
(HT 0-0)(agg 4-3)
  • Scholes 52
  • Carrick 71
  • Rooney 90+2
  • Tevez 76

Man Utd

Substitutes

Man City

Substitutes

Ref: H WebbAtt: 74,576
MAN UTD
MAN CITY

Possession

  • Man Utd 53%
  • Man City 47%

Attempts on target

  • Man Utd 7
  • Man City 9

Attempts off target

  • Man Utd 8
  • Man City 4

Corners

  • Man Utd 8
  • Man City 6

Fouls

  • Man Utd 14
  • Man City 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:42 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+1:13 Assist by Ryan Giggs.
  • 90:00+1:13 GOAL - Wayne RooneyMan Utd 3 - 1 Man City Wayne Rooney grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Man Utd 3 (4)-(3) 1 Man City.
  • 90:00+0:55 Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
  • 90:00+0:10 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Stephen Ireland.
  • 89:24 Substitution Luis Nani leaves the field to be replaced by Antonio Valencia.
  • Correction - 88:06 A cross is delivered by Stephen Ireland, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 88:06 Centre by Stephen Ireland, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 87:23 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.
  • 86:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Wes Brown. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
  • 86:12 Craig Bellamy produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Emmanuel Adebayor misses to the right of the target.
  • 84:50 Darren Fletcher produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 82:42 The ball is crossed by Micah Richards, clearance made by Wes Brown.
  • 80:45 Michael Carrick produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 78:26 Centre by Wes Brown.
  • 76:40 Foul by Craig Bellamy on Jonathan Evans, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 75:32 The assist for the goal came from Craig Bellamy.
  • 75:32 GOAL - Carlos TevezMan Utd 2 - 1 Man City Carlos Tevez gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2 (3)-(3) 1 Man City.
  • 73:45 Shot comes in from Luis Nani from the free kick.
  • 73:45 Substitution Wes Brown comes on in place of Rafael Da Silva.
  • 73:45 Darren Fletcher fouled by Stephen Ireland, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 72:35 Effort from deep inside the area by Wayne Rooney misses to the left of the target.
  • 71:19 Substitution Emmanuel Adebayor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shaun Wright-Phillips.
  • 70:24 Assist by Darren Fletcher.
  • 70:24 GOAL - Michael CarrickMan Utd 2 - 0 Man City Michael Carrick finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2 (3)-(2) 0 Man City.
  • 68:35 Darren Fletcher fouled by Micah Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
  • 67:53 Wayne Rooney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given takes the free kick.
  • 67:39 Centre by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Micah Richards.
  • 66:56 Craig Bellamy produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 66:23 Craig Bellamy takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.
  • 66:13 Micah Richards takes a shot. Clearance made by Jonathan Evans.
  • 65:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Jonathan Evans. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.
  • 64:44 Direct free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
  • 64:44 Booking Luis Nani goes into the book.
  • 64:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Luis Nani.
  • 63:21 Free kick taken by Shay Given.
  • 63:21 Substitution Stephen Ireland on for Javier Garrido.
  • 63:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Ryan Giggs.
  • 62:44 Carlos Tevez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 62:24 The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, save by Shay Given.
  • 61:36 Luis Nani delivers the ball, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
  • 61:00 Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
  • 60:55 Luis Nani produces a cross, Dedryk Boyata manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:21 Rafael Da Silva delivers the ball, Micah Richards makes a clearance.
  • 59:45 The ball is delivered by Javier Garrido, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 58:54 Craig Bellamy produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 57:45 The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
  • 57:00 Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Wayne Rooney gets a block in.
  • 56:38 The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs.
  • 56:03 The referee gives a free kick against Micah Richards for handball. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 54:46 The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, Dedryk Boyata makes a clearance.
  • 54:40 Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry.
  • 54:36 The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
  • 52:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Fletcher on Micah Richards. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
  • 51:05 Michael Carrick provided the assist for the goal.
  • 51:05 GOAL - Paul ScholesMan Utd 1 - 0 Man City Paul Scholes grabs a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 1 (2)-(2) 0 Man City.
  • 49:26 Gareth Barry takes a short corner.
  • 49:05 The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Micah Richards.
  • 47:49 Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:49 Booking Carlos Tevez is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 47:35 Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Da Silva.
  • 47:14 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 46:29 Outswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy, Micah Richards takes a shot. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.
  • 46:16 Micah Richards takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 45:39 Centre by Craig Bellamy, clearance made by Jonathan Evans.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:11 The match has reached half-time.
  • 44:59 Ryan Giggs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:23 Craig Bellamy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
  • 43:15 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 42:29 Darren Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
  • 41:53 Centre by Luis Nani, clearance by Dedryk Boyata.
  • 41:39 Gareth Barry challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
  • 40:44 Rafael Da Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bellamy. Direct free kick taken by Javier Garrido.
  • 39:31 Shaun Wright-Phillips challenges Jonathan Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
  • 39:03 Michael Carrick challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Javier Garrido restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:03 Pablo Zabaleta challenges Ryan Giggs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Luis Nani, clearance made by Micah Richards.
  • 35:38 Direct free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
  • 35:38 Booking Paul Scholes is booked.
  • 35:32 Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips.
  • 33:38 Handball decision goes against Shaun Wright-Phillips. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
  • 32:10 Michael Carrick delivers the ball, save by Shay Given.
  • 31:20 Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
  • 30:29 Foul by Craig Bellamy on Rafael Da Silva, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 29:28 Wayne Rooney is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shay Given.
  • 28:58 Craig Bellamy delivers the ball, Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • Correction - 28:14 The referee gives a free kick against Gareth Barry for handball. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
  • 28:14 The referee penalises Gareth Barry for handball. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
  • 27:10 Pablo Zabaleta has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 26:09 Wayne Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:53 The ball is swung over by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 20:56 Wayne Rooney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given takes the free kick.
  • 18:04 Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line, Shot from close range by Rio Ferdinand misses to the right of the target.
  • Correction - 17:47 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Clearance made by Nigel De Jong.
  • 17:47 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Nigel De Jong manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:23 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luis Nani, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
  • 17:03 Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs.
  • 16:58 The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, clearance made by Dedryk Boyata.
  • 16:19 Javier Garrido gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
  • 14:29 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gareth Barry, clearance made by Patrice Evra.
  • Correction - 12:12 Shot by Paul Scholes from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 12:12 Paul Scholes has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 11:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Patrice Evra. Ryan Giggs crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:12 Gareth Barry fouled by Darren Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Javier Garrido restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:50 Patrice Evra crosses the ball.
  • 7:57 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
  • 6:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Pablo Zabaleta. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:39 Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Gareth Barry crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 4:50 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Darren Fletcher misses to the right of the target.
  • 4:31 Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line.
  • 3:42 Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Nigel De Jong.
  • 2:50 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs to the near post, clearance by Nigel De Jong.
  • 1:15 Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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