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Youthful United defeat Dinamo

Published: Thursday 26 August 2004, 0.53CET
Manchester United FC 3-0 FC Dinamo Bucuresti (agg: 5-1) Alan Smith scores twice as United stroll to victory.

Match statistics

Man. UnitedDinamo Bucureşti

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 26 August 2004, 0.53CET

Youthful United defeat Dinamo

Manchester United FC 3-0 FC Dinamo Bucuresti (agg: 5-1) Alan Smith scores twice as United stroll to victory.

By Jonathan Caswell

Manchester United FC cruised into the group stage of the UEFA Champions League with a comprehensive 3-0 victory against FC Dinamo Bucuresti, wrapping up a 5-1 aggregate triumph.

Completely controlled
An upset never seemed likely as United completely controlled the first half before adding the finishing touches in the second period, Alan Smith scoring twice and David Bellion adding a third goal 20 minutes from time.

Intentions clear
United set out their stall, fielding a young and unfamiliar side who looked keen to impress from the first whistle. Only a minute had elapsed when Smith linked up with 18-year-old Chris Eagles, who cut the ball back to Darren Fletcher. His shot was knocked out for a corner, but United's intentions were clear.

Woodwork struck
The home team built on their purposeful start and had the better of the play, while the Romanian side's players looked accomplished on the ball but lacked a cutting edge, leaving Tim Howard in the United goal a virtual spectator. At the other end, Smith saw his header crash off the crossbar - but the game was still goalless at the break.

Smith double
Smith broke the deadlock with his third goal of the season two minutes into the second half. A Kleberson cross was deflected into his path by Gheorghe Iordache and Smith pounced on the loose ball. Two minutes later the 23-year-old doubled his tally when the Dinamo defence failed to clear a cross by United captain Gary Neville and Smith lashed the ball into the net.

Petra chance
Florentin Petra could have pulled a goal back when he had time to run at the United defence before shooting just wide. United answered back through French substitute Bellion, who wriggled free from Iordache to finish with aplomb past the helpless Dinamo keeper Cristian Munteanu.

Bellion miss
The 21-year-old substitute should have added a fourth for the home side five minutes later. Kleberson cleverly switched play from left to right, picking out Fletcher, whose instant cross was met by Bellion. But his shot sailed high over the bar.

Last updated: 26/08/04 10.15CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

dinamo bucureşti

Dinamo Bucureşti

1
HowardTim Howard (GK)
23
C MunteanuCristian Munteanu (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville (C)
Substitution55
15
IrimiaCristian Irimia
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Substitution64
14
GalamazGeorge Galamaz
Yellow Card55
14
SmithAlan Smith
Goal47
Goal50
Substitution64
16
IordacheGheorghe Iordache
15
KlébersonKléberson
3
SemeghinConstantin Semeghin
19
Djemba-DjembaEric Djemba-Djemba
8
PetreFlorentin Petre (C)
Substitution67
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
17
NaidinLeonard Naidin
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
26
MărgăritescuAndrei Mărgăritescu
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
20
GrigorieȘtefan Grigorie
Substitution46
29
SpectorJonathan Spector
9
NiculescuClaudiu Niculescu
Substitution80
33
EaglesChris Eagles
Yellow Card12
10
DănciulescuIonel Dănciulescu

Substitutes

13
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
12
SaviaukErko Saviauk (GK)
3
P. NevillePhil Neville
Substitution55
5
CiobotariuLiviu Ciobotariu
9
SahaLouis Saha
28
PăcurarAlexandru Păcurar
Substitution46
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
29
BaltoiAlexandru Baltoi
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
27
BalanIonut Balan
Substitution67
23
RichardsonKieran Richardson
Substitution64
24
GoianLucian Goian
12
BellionDavid Bellion
Substitution64
Goal70
2
SerbanDenis Serban
Substitution80

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Ioan Andone (ROU)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Christian Soltow (GER)

Fourth official

Hermann Albrecht (GER)

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