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Villarreal make solid start

Published: Thursday 15 September 2005, 0.55CET
Villarreal CF 0-0 Manchester United FC
The Spanish side made a fine debut against visitors who were reduced to ten men by Wayne Rooney's dismissal.
by Graham Hunter
from El Madrigal

Match statistics

VillarrealMan. United

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners4
 
8
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 15 September 2005, 0.55CET

Villarreal make solid start

Villarreal CF 0-0 Manchester United FC
The Spanish side made a fine debut against visitors who were reduced to ten men by Wayne Rooney's dismissal.

Villarreal CF made a solid debut in the UEFA Champions League by holding their vastly more experienced Group D rivals Manchester United FC to an entertaining, but goalless, draw.

Rooney off
The home team could even have taken all three points against opponents who played the last 26 minutes with ten men following the dismissal of Wayne Rooney for two yellow cards in quick succession. Villarreal pressed the visitors back for much of the final 20 minutes, but eventually had to settle for a stalemate.

Riquelme ruled out
Villarreal coach Manuel Luis Pellegrini chose not to gamble on Juan Román Riquelme's ankle ligament strain, instead opting for Héctor Font on the right of midfield and the Spaniard took to the task with relish, causing the visitors difficulties in and around Edwin van der Sar's penalty area throughout the first period. United, meanwhile, opted to play with only three in midfield - Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher and Alan Smith – plus three forwards. Inevitably the game was extremely open as a result and kept the capacity crowd enthused throughout.

Early opportunities
However, Sir Alex Ferguson's side showed their experience and while Villarreal pushed forward consistently, it was United who looked more likely to score first in the early exchanges. An eleventh-minute deflection off Marcos Senna's boot left the ball tantalisingly in the path of Cristiano Ronaldo, restored to the team after a family bereavement, but Mario Sebastián Viera rushed out to smother. The Uruguayan goalkeeper then produced a fine diving save to keep out Mikaël Silvestre's downward header from Scholes's corner.

Crucial clearance
Ten minutes later United had to make their first change when Gabriel Heinze, who had been carrying an ankle injury, collided with Jan Kromkamp. Kieran Richardson replaced him and instantly created danger, winning a free-kick from Gonzalo Rodríguez. Viera failed to gather the ensuing set-piece and, with the keeper helpless, Ruud van Nistelrooij looked certain to register – only for Gonzalo to clear centimetres in front of an unguarded net with an acrobatic overhead kick.

Superb stop
If United could count themselves unlucky on that occasion, Van der Sar had already been forced into a world-class stop to keep the scores blank. Antonio Guayre's run and clever cross was ingeniously flicked on by Juan Pablo Sorín's heel and Rodolfo Arruabarrena's firm volley looked destined for the back of the net, only for the Dutch international to spring across his goal and prevent his team falling behind.

Viera excellence
Against his former club, Villarreal striker Diego Forlán was starved of clear chances but from Sorín's 50th-minute pass he curved a right-footed effort narrowly wide. Then the engaging duel between Viera and Van Nistelrooij had its second episode when, from Ronaldo's header, the Dutchman swivelled and shot from four metres out but the custodian again blocked superbly.

Rooney sees red
The match was becoming increasingly fractious, with a flurry of fouls and yellow cards breaking up the play. The period culminated in the dismissal of Rooney four minutes past the hour. The English international was shown a yellow card for fouling Quique Álvarez and reacted by sarcastically applauding the referee's decision, which brought a second booking.

Fortunate escape
The home side strove to make the numerical advantage count in the closing stages and came closest when Senna's free-kick was deflected against his own crossbar by Rio Ferdinand. Although they were unable to fashion a breakthrough, Villarreal still have every reason to be satisfied with their night's work.

Last updated: 15/09/05 11.23CET

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Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

man. united

Man. United

13
VieraSebastián Viera (GK)
19
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
Yellow Card41
4
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
Substitution33
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
5
ForlánDiego Forlán
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Substitution80
6
JosicoJosico
Substitution46
8
RooneyWayne Rooney
Yellow Card64
Red Card64
7
GuayreAntonio Guayre
Substitution66
10
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Substitution80
12
SorínJuan Pablo Sorín
14
SmithAlan Smith
Yellow Card55
14
Héctor FontHéctor Font
Yellow Card52
Substitution70
18
ScholesPaul Scholes (C)
15
KromkampJan Kromkamp
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
16
Q. ÁlvarezQuique Álvarez (C)
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
19
SennaMarcos Senna
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre

Substitutes

25
BarbosaMariano Barbosa (GK)
1
HowardTim Howard (GK)
9
FigueroaLuciano Figueroa
Substitution66
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
Substitution80
10
Roger GarcíaRoger García
Substitution70
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Substitution80
18
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
Substitution46
17
MillerLiam Miller
20
A. ValenciaAntonio Valencia
23
RichardsonKieran Richardson
Substitution33
Yellow Card43
21
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
26
BardsleyPhil Bardsley
22
PeñaJuan Manuel Peña
28
PiquéGerard Piqué

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Joergen Jepsen (DEN), Torben Jensen (DEN)

Fourth official

Michael Svendsen (DEN)

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