Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu - Cluj-Napoca 02/10/2012 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Group stage - Group H

CFR Cluj - Man. United
1-2
 

CFR Cluj - Man. United 1-2 - 02/10/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Van Persie digs United out of a hole at CFR

Published: Tuesday 2 October 2012, 23.00CET
Van Persie digs United out of a hole at CFR 
Cluj-Manchester United player reaction ©AFP/Getty Images

Behind to CFR 1907 Cluj inside 15 minutes, Manchester United FC bounced back to record their 100th UEFA Champions League victory thanks to two typically deadly finishes from Robin van Persie.

Both sides had begun Group H with wins and the hosts took an early step in the right direction against United with a Pantelis Kapetanos goal on 14 minutes. Wayne Rooney set up Van Persie to level close to the half-hour mark, however, and the same combination provided what proved the decisive goal four minutes into the second period to leave the Romanian team wondering what might have been.

Match in 5

  • Robin van Persie double gives United comeback win
  • Pantelis Kapetanos opens scoring for home side
  • David de Gea makes last-minute save from Rafael Bastos
  • United record 100th UEFA Champions League win
  • SC Braga up next for Sir Alex Ferguson's team

Reaction

We started the match badly, but we achieved a positive result. It is very hard to come back, especially in away matches, but we were the better team.

Sir Alex Ferguson, United manager

Sir Alex Ferguson, United manager

They dominated us physically and we were not capable of managing our 1-0 lead. I really hoped for a positive result, but we made mistakes.

Ioan Andone, CFR coach

Ioan Andone, CFR coach

 

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Standings

Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

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Matches

 
 

Match statistics

CFR Cluj
Man. United

1

Goals scored

2

31

Possession (%)

69

12

Total attempts

14

7

Attempts on target

7

5

Attempts off target

7

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

7

Corners

5

0

Offsides

4

0

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

8

8

Fouls suffered

12

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Robin van Persie brilliant double and a last second save from David de Gea inspired United to yet another comeback victory which was also their 100th UEFA Champions League win and takes them top of Group H.
  • Yellow Card
    86
    Ferdinand (Man. United) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Substitution
    83
    Welbeck (in) - Hernández (out) (Man. United)
  • Substitution
    80
    Nicoară (in) - Aguirregaray (out) (CFR Cluj)
  • Substitution
    79
    Wootton (in) - J. Evans (out) (Man. United)
    What a week for this young man! Just seven days after his Man United debut the 21-year-old comes on for a taste of UEFA Champions League football.

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