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United cruise through thanks to Tévez

Published: Thursday 10 April 2008, 0.55CET
Manchester United FC 1-0 AS Roma (agg: 3-0)
Carlos Tévez's 70th-minute header put the tie beyond doubt after Daniele De Rossi skied a first-half penalty.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford
United cruise through thanks to Tévez
Carlos Tévez takes the plaudits after his winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Man. UnitedRoma

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners13
 
8
Offsides8
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
15
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

8 April 2008

Chelsea
2-0
Fenerbahçe
Liverpool
4-2
Arsenal

9 April 2008

Barcelona
1-0
Schalke
Man. United
1-0
Roma
 
Published: Thursday 10 April 2008, 0.55CET

United cruise through thanks to Tévez

Manchester United FC 1-0 AS Roma (agg: 3-0)
Carlos Tévez's 70th-minute header put the tie beyond doubt after Daniele De Rossi skied a first-half penalty.

Manchester United FC can start preparing for a fascinating-looking UEFA Champions League semi-final meeting with FC Barcelona after Carlos Tévez's second-half header completed the conquest of AS Roma.

De Rossi miss
The Premier League leaders may call Old Trafford the 'Theatre of Dreams' but for Roma it is a place of nightmares. Humiliated here last season and beaten again on their return in this term's group stage, their faint hopes of a comeback from last week's 2-0 loss effectively vanished altogether when Daniele De Rossi sent a 30th-minute penalty high over the crossbar. Tévez's goal merely confirmed the inevitable, leaving United to look forward to their fifth last-four berth under Sir Alex Ferguson, who, given his plethora of forward options, must fancy their prospects of a first final appearance since 1999.

Selection gamble
Entering the game with a two-goal cushion Sir Alex took the gamble of leaving Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, his two scorers at the Stadio Olimpico, on the bench. Such is the strength of United's squad that the visitors still faced the attacking threat of Tévez, flanked by Ji-Sung Park and Ryan Giggs. In the sixth minute those last two combined to create the first opening of the night, Giggs slipping a pass through to Park who dragged his shot wide.

Hargreaves impressive
Luciano Spalletti had promised that Roma would not throw caution to the wind in the early stages, mindful of events here 365 days earlier. United duly took charge and for the first 25 minutes they created chances as freely as they had done when beating the Giallorossi 7-1. Owen Hargreaves, on only his second start in the competition for United, made an immediate impression with his energy in midfield and he launched a move with Tévez and Giggs that ended with the Welshman playing in Hargreaves only for Doni to palm his strike behind.

Lifeline spurned
The same trio combined again soon after, this time Hargreaves crossing for Giggs yet once more Doni was equal to the attempt. Hargreaves then broke clear of the offside trap but was denied by a superb last-ditch tackle by Juan, before Anderson drew a fingertip save from the keeper with a low effort. At this stage, Edwin van der Sar's goal had come under threat only once, Mirko Vučinić testing the Dutchman with a low shot, but that changed on the half-hour. Moments after Mancini had fired in a rising effort at the keeper, the Brazilian wide man went down under a challenge from Wes Brown to earn a penalty. Roma had an unexpected lifeline yet De Rossi spurned it.

Neville return
The opening moments of the second half brought a scare for United when Van der Sar failed to hold a strike from Vučinić, but Marco Cassetti was unable to profit. Mikaël Silvestre, making his first appearance since September at left-back, blocked Taddei's shot then Van der Sar stopped Juan's header from the resulting corner. Spalletti's men continued to probe but, missing the injured Francesco Totti, struggled to fashion any clear openings, and the game was up on 70 minutes when Tévez stooped to meet Hargreaves's near-post cross and steered the ball beyond Doni. The icing on the cake followed when Gary Neville came on as a late substitute for his first outing since March last year.

Last updated: 10/04/08 10.24CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

roma

Roma

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
32
DoniDoni (GK)
4
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
2
PanucciChristian Panucci (C)
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
4
JuanJuan
6
BrownWes Brown
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
8
AndersonAnderson
Substitution81
7
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Substitution69
11
GiggsRyan Giggs (C)
Substitution74
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
11
TaddeiRodrigo Taddei
Substitution81
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
Substitution74
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
Penalty30
19
PiquéGerard Piqué
20
PerrottaSimone Perrotta
Yellow Card73
27
SilvestreMikaël Silvestre
30
ManciniMancini
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
Goal70
77
CassettiMarco Cassetti
Substitution57

Substitutes

29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
1
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
Substitution81
3
CicinhoCicinho
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
8
AquilaniAlberto Aquilani
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Substitution74
14
GiulyLudovic Giuly
Substitution69
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
18
EspositoMauro Esposito
Substitution81
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Substitution74
22
TonettoMax Tonetto
Substitution57
47
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
33
BrighiMatteo Brighi

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Erik Ræstad (NOR)

Fourth official

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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