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Man Utd 2 – 2 FC Porto

A poor performance from United and some good football by FC Porto ensured that Porto left Old Trafford with a smile on there face and two away goals. Many had predicted that it would be an easy match for United but Porto were a far better team. After Macheda’s late winner against Aston Villa, i thought United will play like a rejuvenated team but that was simple not the case.

United had Rooney, Vidic, Scholes back in the side with Rio Ferdinand missing. Things got off to a bad start for Manchester United as they conceded a goal in the 4th minutes and it was a poor play and defending that let to the goal. Cristiano Ronaldo lost the ball and some poor defending from Evans allowed Rodriguez to cut in a curl in the opening goal. Ronaldo soon had a header saved by Helton in one of United’s rare attacks but they soon equalized thanks to a big mistake from Porto. Bruno Alves tried a back pass to Helton but Rooney has already anticipated what he was going to do and intercepted the pass and coolly slotted in the equalizer. read more »

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Manchester United defeat Inter 2 – 0 To advance in Champions League

The scenario was nearly the same as of 2004 when Jose Mourinho visited Old Trafford with Porto. But this time, he was not lucky enough to run down the touch line but to see just stand there and see his Inter side get knocked out of the competition. Two quick goals from Manchester United in each half was enough to see off the threat of Inter. Both teams had good chances but it was Manchester United who made better use of them and luck was also on there side. read more »

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Liverpool in Strong Position After Defeating Real Madrid

Rafa Benitez sure gets his tactics right when it comes to Champions League. Before the match, many were predicting a Real win at the Bernabeau after there recent superb form and there recent 6 goal thrashing of Real Betis. However, they failed to reporduce the same form against the stubborn Liverpool defence and ended up losing the game 0 -1. read more »

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Man Utd Miss Chance in 0-0 Draw with Inter Milan

Before the match, Inter Milan manager has claimed that Man United will play defensively in the coming match. However, that was not the case as Manchester United was the team that dominated most of the match and will be probably disappointed that they didn’t get a crucial away goal. United was missing Gary Neville, Wes Brown through injury and Vidic was also suspended, there were doubts about the fitness of OShea and Evans but both were fit enough to start. Rooney and Scholes were on the bech as United started with Fletcher, Giggs, Carrick and Park in midfield with Ronaldo partnering Berbatov upfront. read more »

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Man Utd defeat Barcelona to reach Champions League Final

What a night for United and especially for Paul Scholes. Scoring only his 2nd goal of the campaign but what a goal it has turned out to be. I might have criticized Paul Scholes for the awkward challenge on Messi at the edge of the box in the first minute. Luckily, the referee judged it correctly and didn’t give a penalty. He made up for this with a devastating curling shot from 25 yards thanks to a little bit of help from Zambrotta. United were without Vidic and Rooney but they settled well in the opening minutes. We could have been 2-0 up had Park been a bit more clinical with the strike. Barcelona enjoyed superior possession and there danger man was Messi. Everytime he had the ball, i was nervous. Even though Barcelona had a lot of possession, they were reduced to shots from outside the area with the only danger being of Messi who had a decent shot saved by Van Der Sar. Nani was guilty of missing a great chance when he headed wide from 8 yards after a great cross by Park.

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Third time lucky for Chelsea?

Chelsea may finally accomplish what Jose Mourinho failed to do during his time at Chelsea. They have lost to Liverpool twice in the champions league semifinal, thanks to a Luis Garcia’s controversial goal and the defeat on penalties. On both the ties, the luck seemed to have favored Liverpool and that may change this time as Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield thanks to Riise’s own goal at injury time.

In a match that was dominated by Liverpool, they looked set for a win when the much maligned Dirk Kuyt’s finish three minutes before the interval gave them the lead. Liverpool had some good chances but Peter Cech was there to save well from Gerrard and Torres. But the tie suddenly turned to Chelsea’s side as Riise scored an own goal from Kalou’s free kick five minutes into injury time.

Chelsea have been unable to get past Liverpool twice in the same stage but it seems Avram Grant may finally accomplish what Mourinho failed to do. The return leg is at Stamford Bridge where Liverpool have failed to score at 8 outings and Chelsea are also unbeaten there. But this time, Liverpool know that they have to score and things look set for a pulsating tie .

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