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Man Utd v Gamba Osaka photos

Evra and Nakazawa tangle in the opening minutes

Man Utd defender Patrice Evra (right) gets to grips with Sota Nakazawa as Gamba make a positive start in Yokohama

Ronaldo fires in a shot for Man Utd

The English club go close to breaking the deadlock when Cristiano Ronaldo cuts in from the right before shooting just wide

Vidic makes it 1-0 to Man Utd

The opening goal arrives in the 28th minute when Nemanja Vidic jumps the highest to head home from a Ryan Giggs corner

Ronaldo makes it 2-0

Sir Alex Ferguson's team double their lead shortly before the interval when Ronaldo gets on the end of another Giggs corner

Yamazaki celebrates his goal

Man Utd appear to be coasting to victory when Masato Yamazaki pulls a goal back with a fine low strike in the 74th minute

Rooney makes it 3-1 to Man Utd

Sadly for them, this only spurs on their opponents who have their two-goal lead restored moments later by substitute Wayne Rooney

Fletcher makes it 4-1

The fifth goal of the match arrives from the head of Darren Fletcher after meeting Evra's cross from the left

Rooney celebrates his second

Rooney registers his second as four goals fly into the net in a hectic five minutes leaving Man Utd 5-1 up with 11 minutes to go

Van der Sar is unable to stop Endo's penalty

Undeterred, Gamba keep going and win a penalty when a handball by Gary Neville allows Yashuhito Endo to reduce the deficit

Hashimoto celebrates his fine late goal

Hideo Hashimoto lashes another past Edwin Van der Sar in injury time as Man Utd win 5-3 to earn a place in the final against Liga de Quito



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Gamba Osaka 3-5 Man Utd
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