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Sir Alex grateful after missed chances

Published: Wednesday 5 March 2008, 0.45CET
Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with Manchester United FC's progress to the last eight but rued the profligacy that meant Olympique Lyonnais were never killed off.

Match statistics

Man. UnitedLyon

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
7
Corners7
 
3
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed18
 
19
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

4 March 2008

Milan
0-2
Arsenal
Sevilla
3-2
(2-3p)
Fenerbahçe
Barcelona
1-0
Celtic
Man. United
1-0
Lyon

5 March 2008

Real Madrid
1-2
Roma
Chelsea
3-0
Olympiacos
Porto
1-0
(1-4p)
Schalke

11 March 2008

Internazionale
0-1
Liverpool
 
Published: Wednesday 5 March 2008, 0.45CET

Sir Alex grateful after missed chances

Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with Manchester United FC's progress to the last eight but rued the profligacy that meant Olympique Lyonnais were never killed off.

Manchester United FC manager Sir Alex Ferguson regretted that his side did not make the most of their chances to ensure a more comfortable passage into the quarter-final, but is now anticipating a last-eight encounter with a fellow Premier League team after Cristiano Ronaldo's 41st-minute effort took the English champions through. His Olympique Lyonnais counterpart, Alain Perrin, could not fault his side's commitment and is now switching his attentions to Sunday's fixture against Ligue 1 title rivals FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

Sir Alex Ferguson, United manager
We are obviously pleased to get through. In the second half we played some terrific football at times but our inability to score a second goal left the tie on a knife edge and allowed a certain nervousness to come into our play. The most important thing, however, is that we defended very well throughout. Apart from the shot by [Kader] Keita that hit the post I don't think they created a chance. It was a good European match, with plenty of end-to-end action. Most of the big goalscoring opportunities fell to us. It's a pity we couldn't put the tie to rest early but that's European football for you. Ronaldo took his goal tonight very well. It probably wasn't the best [of the 30 goals] he has scored this season but it was the most important. We will relish the chance to face another English team in the quarter-finals if that happens – and with Arsenal [FC] through, Liverpool [FC] in a good position and Chelsea [FC] expected to qualify, there's a good chance of that happening – but it doesn't really matter who you play in the quarter-finals, they're all going to be difficult games. The important thing is we are there.

Alain Perrin, Lyon coach
Overall we put in a decent performance. There was a lot of effort and commitment from the team and while one can't argue that Manchester United deserved to go through over the two legs, our players will be all the better for this experience. Of course we have one or two regrets from tonight's game like conceding the goal when we did and hitting the post in the second half. We lacked a killer instinct with the final ball. United pressed us a lot and it was difficult at times for us to get out of our own half and work ourselves into attacking positions to get the goal we needed. Ultimately I think the tie was decided by that late goal from [Carlos] Tévez in the first leg. Now we must turn the page and get our minds right for the important league game against Bordeaux. My team have shown their value in Europe, it was an interesting adventure; now it is important for us to concentrate on domestic matters and finish the season strongly.

Last updated: 05/03/08 2.10CET

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