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No United procession as AaB hold their own

Published: Thursday 11 December 2008, 0.54CET
Manchester United FC 2-2 Aalborg BK
First-half strikes from Michael Jakobsen and Jeppe Curth earned a well-deserved point for the Danish side at the home of the Group E winners.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford
No United procession as AaB hold their own
Jeppe Curth (right) celebrates AaB's second goal of the first half at Old Trafford ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Man. UnitedAalborg

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target11
 
5
Corners5
 
1
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
7
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 11 December 2008, 0.54CET

No United procession as AaB hold their own

Manchester United FC 2-2 Aalborg BK
First-half strikes from Michael Jakobsen and Jeppe Curth earned a well-deserved point for the Danish side at the home of the Group E winners.

Aalborg BK bowed out of the UEFA Champions League on a high note after giving holders Manchester United FC a scare in a 2-2 draw.

Turnaround
It took a second-half Wayne Rooney strike to preserve United's long unbeaten home record in Europe after the visitors responded to an early Carlos Tévez effort by stunning Old Trafford with goals from Michael Jakobsen and Jeppe Curth. If the UEFA Cup-bound Danish outfit had begun their campaign as they ended it, they may have fared better than finishing third, although they can still take immense satisfaction from ensuring caretaker coach Allan Kuhn completed his 12-match stint in charge undefeated.

Unbeaten run
A home victory had seemed certain when United opened the scoring inside the third minute but they too could head home happy as Villarreal CF's defeat at Celtic FC secured for them first place in Group E. Indeed, Rooney's equaliser meant they have now gone 19 games unbeaten in the UEFA Champions League, equalling the record held by AFC Ajax and FC Bayern München in the competition's modern era.

Early goal
They started superbly, with the kind of goal that makes football look easy. Ryan Giggs, breaking from central midfield, lifted the ball up to Rooney, collected the England forward's headed touch back to him and then slipped a pass through to Tévez who slotted home. It was the Argentinian's first European goal of the campaign and moments later it should have been two as Rooney teed him up but this time Tévez put the ball wide.

Easy street
United had AaB chasing shadows for the first quarter. Zaza saved at the feet of Nani and Rooney, Tévez turned a header wide, then Giggs released Nani down the right but his shot found the side-netting. United were toying with AaB – even Gary Neville attempted an ambitious backheel – but perhaps it got too easy because suddenly, against the run of play, AaB equalised with their first effort on target.

Overturning the odds
Anders Due sent in a free-kick from the right and Jakobsen, his run unchecked by a red shirt, flicked the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak, the keeper getting a hand to it but only helping it on its way. United's goalkeeper did rather better soon after to palm away a Due free-kick, but the visitors' second goal was not far away, arriving in first-half stoppage time with the help of some slack defending. Making his first start in the competition for United, Darron Gibson gave the ball to Due inside AaB territory and the winger advanced unchallenged virtually to the edge of the United box. He spotted Curth arriving unmarked on the far side of the penalty area and the ensuing cross was met by a perfect header back across Kuszczak and inside the far post.

Equaliser
Sir Alex Ferguson introduced Paul Scholes and Ji-Sung Park at the start of the second half and within seven minutes United were level. Anderson arrowed a pass to Rooney who, cutting across the line of the penalty box, drilled a shot through Zaza's legs. It was now normal service resumed with United pushing for a third. Tévez sent Scholes through only for Steve Olfers to produce a superb goal-saving tackle. Zaza then denied Neville at point-blank range before Olfers crashed a back-header against his own crossbar. Tévez could have won it yet struck the sidenetting after rounding Zaza, but AaB deserved their point.

Last updated: 11/12/08 11.03CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

aab

AaB

29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
1
ZazaKarim Zaza (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville (C)
Substitution77
2
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen
Goal31
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
3
Martin PedersenMartin Pedersen
Substitution76
8
AndersonAnderson
6
OlfersSteve Olfers
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal52
7
DueAnders Due
Substitution66
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
Substitution46
9
AugustinussenThomas Augustinussen (C)
17
NaniNani
10
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
14
CurthJeppe Curth
Goal45+2
Yellow Card54
Substitution75
23
J. EvansJonny Evans
16
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund
28
GibsonDarron Gibson
Substitution46
21
RisgårdKasper Risgård
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
Goal3
23
EnevoldsenThomas Enevoldsen

Substitutes

12
FosterBen Foster (GK)
30
K. NielsenKenneth Stenild (GK)
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Substitution46
15
NomvetheSiyabonga Nomvethe
15
VidićNemanja Vidić
18
CacaCaca
Substitution75
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
Substitution46
20
BræmerSimon Bræmer
21
RafaelRafael
Substitution77
24
SørensenJens-Kristian Sørensen
Substitution76
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
27
KristensenPatrick Kristensen
Substitution66
34
PossebonRodrigo Possebon
32
SchwartzRonnie Schwartz

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Allan Kuhn (DEN)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Stéphane Duhamel (FRA), Nicolas Pottier (FRA)

Fourth official

Damien Ledentu (FRA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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