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Slick United ease through to last 16

Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 0.58CET
Manchester United FC 4-0 FC Dynamo Kyiv
The home side maintained their 100 per cent record as Dynamo were left marooned at the bottom of Group F.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford

Match statistics

Man. UnitedDynamo Kyiv

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
7
Corners13
 
4
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

6 November 2007

A Liverpool
8-0
Beşiktaş
A Porto
2-1
Marseille
B Valencia
0-2
Rosenborg
B Schalke
0-0
Chelsea
C Lazio
2-1
Werder
D Celtic
1-0
Benfica
D Shakhtar
0-3
Milan
C Olympiacos
0-0
Real Madrid

7 November 2007

 
Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 0.58CET

Slick United ease through to last 16

Manchester United FC 4-0 FC Dynamo Kyiv
The home side maintained their 100 per cent record as Dynamo were left marooned at the bottom of Group F.

Manchester United FC secured their passage to the UEFA Champions League last 16 with two games to spare thanks to a 4-0 victory against FC Dynamo Kyiv. After Gerard Piqué and Carlos Tévez had found the net before the break – the first for each in this competition – Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo added late goals as the dominant hosts made it four wins from four and confirmed Dynamo's elimination in the process.

Strength in depth
Sir Alex Ferguson had reflected before the match on the strength of his squad, and the fact United were able to win so comfortably while giving an evening off to Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Owen Hargreaves bore testament to this. At the same time, it also underlined the lack of confidence in the ranks of a Dynamo side playing their first game under caretaker coach Oleh Luzhny but who never looked like getting their first points of an ill-starred campaign.

Slow start
United started with an unfamiliar back four including Danny Simpson and Piqué – two players with ten minutes' European action between them previously this term – and for the opening quarter, their play lacked its customary spark. Indeed Dynamo's Carlos Corrêa might reflect he could have done better than fire wide when allowed a clear sight of Edwin van der Sar's goal. At the other end Rooney showed some invention with a teasing ball across goal, leading to a Nani shot deflected behind, but otherwise United were making little of their abundant possession against opponents seemingly set on containment.

Opening goal
That changed with Piqué's 31st-minute opener even if it came with a slice of luck – Michael Carrick's header from a Ronaldo free-kick deflecting off the back of Tévez's head and to the Spaniard, who headed the ball back into the opposite corner. Tévez got United's second in the 37th minute, when, after winning the ball inside his own half, he raced forward, exchanged passes with Rooney and let fly. Olexandr Shovkovskiy got his hands to the ball but could not keep it out.

Chances aplenty
Although Ruslan Rotan blazed wide from close range just before the break, Sir Alex felt secure enough to remove Van der Sar – complaining of a niggle in his toe – as a precaution, introducing Tomasz Kuszczak for the second half. His faith was justified as the substitute soon made a fine stop to deny Dynamo replacement Diogo Rincón. There followed chances aplenty at both ends, not least for Tévez who could have had a hat-trick. For the Ukrainian title-holders, Rincón just failed to connect with Marjan Marković's fierce cross-shot while Kuszczak frustrated Tiberiu Ghioane.

Rooney volley
Rooney added a third with a 76th-minute volley from Nani's cross before, in the closing moments, Ronaldo broke in from the left and found the far corner. The best Dynamo can hope for now is third place – a far cry from Luzhny's own days in the team when they were semi-finalists in 1999. That, of course, was the year Sir Alex first tasted UEFA Champions League glory and after his side's best start to a European campaign in five years he can already begin planning with confidence for a renewed assault on his favourite trophy in the spring.

Last updated: 13/11/07 13.46CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

dynamo kyiv

Dynamo Kyiv

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK) (C)
Substitution46
1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK) (C)
3
EvraPatrice Evra
2
FedorovSerhiy Fedorov
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal88
3
DiakhatéPape Diakhaté
Yellow Card31
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Yellow Card17
Goal76
4
GhioaneTiberiu Ghioane
15
VidićNemanja Vidić
7
Carlos CorrêaCarlos Corrêa
Yellow Card37
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
14
RotanRuslan Rotan
Substitution46
17
NaniNani
20
GusevOleh Gusev
Substitution46
19
PiquéGerard Piqué
Goal31
Substitution73
25
MilevskiyArtem Milevskiy
Substitution76
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
27
VaschukVladyslav Vaschuk
25
SimpsonDanny Simpson
30
El KaddouriBadr El Kaddouri
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
Goal37
Substitution68
81
MarkovićMarjan Marković

Substitutes

29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
Substitution46
55
RybkaOlexandr Rybka (GK)
6
BrownWes Brown
5
RebrovSerhiy Rebrov
Substitution46
8
AndersonAnderson
10
BangouraIsmaël Bangoura
Substitution76
9
SahaLouis Saha
Substitution68
15
Diogo RincónDiogo Rincón
Substitution46
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
32
GavrančićGoran Gavrančić
23
J. EvansJonny Evans
Substitution73
36
NinkovićMiloš Ninković
33
EaglesChris Eagles
98
DopilkaOleh Dopilka

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Oleh Luzhny (UKR)

Referee

Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Assistant referees

Wijnand Rutgers (NED), Wilco Lobbert (NED)

Fourth official

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

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