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United make Ferguson's day

Published: Wednesday 24 November 2004, 0.05CET
Manchester United FC 2-1 Olympique Lyonnais Sir Alex Ferguson's side progress in his 1,000th game in charge.

Match statistics

Man. UnitedLyon

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target9
 
13
Corners5
 
6
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Wednesday 24 November 2004, 0.05CET

United make Ferguson's day

Manchester United FC 2-1 Olympique Lyonnais Sir Alex Ferguson's side progress in his 1,000th game in charge.

By Pete Sanderson at Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated his 1,000th match in charge of Manchester United FC with victory over the French champions Olympique Lyonnais which sealed his team's place in the knockout stages for the eighth consecutive year.

Van Nistelrooij joy
Lyon had threatened to ruin the party when Mahamadou Diarra's long-range effort cancelled out Gary Neville's opener. But Ruud Van Nistelrooij's 36th UEFA Champions League goal on his 37th appearance ensured United joined their opponents in the next stage of the competition.

Juninho back
United welcomed back Gabriel Heinze, Gary Neville and Cristiano Ronaldo to the side after the trio missed the weekend victory over Charlton Athletic FC. Lyon too could call upon the services of a key member of personnel as Brazilian playmaker Juninho, so often the scourge of Europe's finest, returned to the starting lineup at the heart of their midfield.

Main protagonist
However there was no doubting who was the main protagonist in the Theatre of Dreams on this momentous occasion, as Ferguson walked on to the pitch to a chorus of cheers and a standing ovation from both sets of fans. If Ferguson thought the visitors, who had already sealed their place in the last 16, were here to make up the numbers then Paul Le Guen's side had not read the script.

Early pressure
The game was only three minutes old when the energetic Michael Essien's shot took a deflection off Rio Ferdinand, and Roy Carroll could only watch as the ball bobbled wide. United soon got into their stride. First Alan Smith tried his luck from long range, then Paul Scholes caused Lyon's hearts to flutter as his shot from the left flew over Nicolas Puydebois's crossbar.

Woodwork struck
Cris then blocked Ronaldo's shot, while it took the upright to deny Wayne Rooney on 13 minutes. It seemed only a matter of time before Ferguson's men would break the French champions' resistance, but when they did the goal came from an unlikely source.

Neville strikes
Neville began the move, exchanging passes with Smith whose pinpoint ball from the right was thumped goalwards by Van Nistelrooij. Lyon cleared but only as far as Neville, who thundered the ball home from close range. United could then have moved further ahead when Ronaldo danced around three challenges before unleashing a fizzing shot which dipped just too late.

Lyon leveller
Lyon, however, who had been restricted to long-range efforts for most of the first half, were more than happy to rain on Ferguson's parade when Diarra unleashed a speculative effort from distance which squirmed out of Carroll's grasp, and the ball rolled into the net.

Instant impact
United were forced to bring off Neville at half-time with a suspected virus, but his withdrawal only spurred on Ferguson's men and Wes Brown had an instant impact, skipping past two challenges before feeding Rooney whose shot was palmed wide. Ferdinand picked up a loose ball from the corner and his cross from the right found Van Nistelrooij, who rose beyond two defenders before clinically dispatching the ball.

Measured chip
Suddenly the party was back on as the home crowd roared their men forward. Van Nistelrooij was centimetres away from a second moments later as Rooney's exquisite ball found him free in the area, but the Dutchman's measured chip dropped just over the bar.

Wiltord on
United were reacquainted with an old foe on 60 minutes as the largely ineffective Sidney Govou made way for former Arsenal FC forward Sylvain Wiltord. But for all their hard work and at times delightfully flowing football, United failed to add to the scoreline but it was clear from the football on show that both sides deserved their place in the last 16.

Last updated: 24/11/04 1.52CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

lyon

Lyon

13
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
30
PuydeboisNicolas Puydebois (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
Goal19
Substitution46
3
CrisCris
4
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
4
EssienMichael Essien
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
7
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
Goal40
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
8
JuninhoPernambucano Juninho
8
RooneyWayne Rooney
11
NilmarNilmar
Substitution72
10
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal53
Substitution71
12
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
14
SmithAlan Smith
13
FrauPierre-Alain Frau
Substitution72
16
KeaneRoy Keane (C)
Yellow Card65
Substitution90+1
14
GovouSidney Govou (C)
Substitution60
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
15
DiattaLamine Diatta
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
23
BerthodJérémy Berthod

Substitutes

1
HowardTim Howard (GK)
35
JaccardDaniel Jaccard (GK)
6
BrownWes Brown
Substitution46
10
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution72
12
BellionDavid Bellion
21
BergougnouxBryan Bergougnoux
Substitution72
19
Djemba-DjembaEric Djemba-Djemba
22
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution60
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
26
ClémentJérémy Clément
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
Substitution71
29
GomezYohan Gomez
25
FortuneQuinton Fortune
Substitution90+1
31
HimaYacine Hima

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Paul Le Guen (FRA)

Referee

Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Joergen Jepsen (DEN), Torben Jensen (DEN)

Fourth official

Michael Svendsen (DEN)

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