The official website for European football

Villarreal resist Ronaldo onslaught

Published: Wednesday 26 November 2008, 0.55CET
Villarreal CF 0-0 Manchester United FC
The two sides went through to the knockout stages after a fourth goalless draw in four meetings, despite the superb Cristiano Ronaldo's best efforts.
by Graham Hunter
from El Madrigal
Villarreal resist Ronaldo onslaught
Cristiano Ronaldo sizes up a free-kick ©Getty Images

Match statistics

VillarrealMan. United

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
9
Attempts off target1
 
3
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed10
 
24
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 26 November 2008, 0.55CET

Villarreal resist Ronaldo onslaught

Villarreal CF 0-0 Manchester United FC
The two sides went through to the knockout stages after a fourth goalless draw in four meetings, despite the superb Cristiano Ronaldo's best efforts.

Villarreal CF and Manchester United FC booked their places in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages after an eventful game provided everything but a goal – making it four 0-0 draws between these sides in as many meetings.

Wonderful performance
The sides had already assured their places atop Group E bar an unlikely combination of results, and although they eliminated any doubts at El Madrigal, the scoreline belied a game not lacking in attacking intention, with Cristiano Ronaldo putting in a scintillating performance. The Portuguese international came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the bar with a lovely first-half volley and showed creative intelligence for 90 minutes, harrying the Villarreal defence until left-back Joan Capdevila was shown a straight red card for a rash tackle with eight minutes left.

Early vigour
The first-half pace had been ferocious as Ronaldo applied huge amounts of verve and enthusiasm to his work, looking nothing like a man whose participation had been in doubt due to a minor leg injury. As Villarreal stuck to their methodical trademark of accurate passing, the European champions quickly drove the ball high up the pitch whenever possible as Ronaldo and Nani stalked the touchlines. It was an effective tactic, particularly with the visitors' defence comfortable containing former team-mate Giuseppe Rossi and Ariel Ibagaza.

Brilliant display
Rossi and Santi Cazorla had fierce shots on target while Anderson did likewise at the other end as the teams jockeyed for supremacy. United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak's occasional fumbles exhibited some nerves, but it was opposite number Diego López that owed most to a stroke of good fortune five minutes before half-time, and it was inevitably Ronaldo that caused the scare. That the United No7 was playing so well and Javi Venta and Sebastián Eguren both picked up first-half yellow cards was no coincidence, each presenting opportunities for the winger to show his set-piece expertise. His first free-kick caused little trouble but his next brought a tremendous save from López, who had been well beaten when Ronaldo's technically-brilliant volley ricocheted off the crossbar moments earlier.

Total control
United's talismanic winger picked up where he had left off after the restart, firing in a hard, low drive that López fumbled but, first to the rebound, Wayne Rooney could not profit. Such was Ronaldo's threat that Villarreal increasingly used three men to close him down, allowing Darren Fletcher space to shoot narrowly wide, while Anderson twice forced stops from López. United were in total control, and midway through the second period Rooney got in on the act, volleying against López's arms from point-blank range.

Fierce tackle
Rooney was in the thick of the action again soon after, waltzing down the left wing and sending in a deflected shot that was looping into the net before Capdevila intervened to divert it over the bar. It was where the defender's luck ran out, however, as he was soon given his marching orders, meaning he will miss the trip to Celtic FC on Matchday 6. Top of Group E on goal difference, United host Aalborg BK knowing they will qualify as section winners if they match the Spanish side's scoreline.

Last updated: 26/11/08 11.28CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2009/matches/round=15276/match=302761/postmatch/report/index.html#villarreal+resist+ronaldo+onslaught

Lineups

villarreal

Villarreal

man. united

Man. United

13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
3
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card36
5
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Red Card83
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand (C)
6
EgurenSebastián Eguren
Yellow Card42
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Yellow Card53
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
Substitution65
8
AndersonAnderson
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
11
IbagazaAriel Ibagaza
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
Substitution86
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
Yellow Card27
17
NaniNani
Substitution84
19
SennaMarcos Senna (C)
Substitution46
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
20
Fabricio FuentesFabricio Fuentes
Yellow Card58
23
J. EvansJonny Evans
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution79
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
Substitution80

Substitutes

1
VieraSebastián Viera (GK)
12
FosterBen Foster (GK)
3
EdmílsonEdmílson
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
9
FrancoGuillermo Franco
Substitution79
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Substitution84
12
CyganPascal Cygan
15
VidićNemanja Vidić
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Substitution65
21
RafaelRafael
18
Ángel LópezÁngel López
28
GibsonDarron Gibson
Substitution80
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
Substitution46
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
Substitution86

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Stefano Ayroldi (ITA), Paolo Calcagno (ITA)

Fourth official

Massimiliano Saccani (ITA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.