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Valencia seals United late show

Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 0.20CET
PFC CSKA Moskva 0-1 Manchester United FC
Antonio Valencia's first goal in the UEFA Champions League proved enough to maintain the visitors' 100 per cent record in Group E.
by Dennis Novitskiy
from Luzhniki Stadium

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Match statistics

CSKA MoskvaMan. United

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
10
Attempts off target3
 
7
Corners2
 
5
Offsides3
 
8
Fouls committed10
 
11
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 0.20CET

Valencia seals United late show

PFC CSKA Moskva 0-1 Manchester United FC
Antonio Valencia's first goal in the UEFA Champions League proved enough to maintain the visitors' 100 per cent record in Group E.

Manchester United FC produced yet another late winner as they defeated PFC CSKA Moskva thanks to an 86th-minute goal from Antonio Valencia.

Far-post strike
The Ecuadorean winger followed up his first United goal last weekend by opening his UEFA Champions League account, beating Igor Akinfeev with a far-post shot to secure victory for the English titleholders on their return to the Luzhniki Stadium, scene of their 2008 final victory, and maintain their 100 per cent record at the Group B summit. Sir Alex Ferguson's men won their first two games with goals after 77 and 78 minutes but the fact they had to work even harder will be no consolation to a CSKA side beaten for the second time in three matches.

Regulars missing
Neither team entered the contest at full strength. Missing the injured Guilherme, CSKA coach Juande Ramos opted for a 4-4-1-1 system with lone striker Tomáš Necid supported by the lively Alan Dzagoev. United, for their part, had travelled out to Moscow without a handful of regulars – Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher and Ji-Sung Park – which meant a UEFA Champions League debut for the 19-year-old Brazilian Fabio at left-back.

Slow pace
Nemanja Vidić presented an early opportunity to the hosts when ceding possession but Miloš Krasić failed to direct his shot on target. If the game was unfolding at a slow pace that was through no fault of Fabio, the United teenager playing an active part down the left, where the visitors did most of their best work. Paul Scholes offered their first serious threat on goal when he tried his luck from distance after 25 minutes – the ball took an awkward bounce in front of Igor Akinfeev and the Russian international goalkeeper had to react smartly to push it over the crossbar.

Krasić miss
After headed opportunities for Necid and Berbatov, Krasić came close to opening the scoring for CSKA, firing past the far post from a tight angle on the right side of the United area. United then threatened through an unlikely source as captain Gary Neville picked up Berbatov's flick and tried his luck from distance, his shot striking the top of Akinfeev's net. The tempo picked up further after the restart and there were opportunities at both ends. Dzagoev put the ball in the United net in the 54th minute but was denied by an offside flag while his free-kick led to Sergei Ignashevich shooting just wide. At the other end Akinfeev showed his brilliance on the hour, denying Nani's diving header from Neville's cross.

Scent victory
Typically United started to scent victory in the closing stages. With ten minutes remaining Valencia and Nani exchanged passes on the edge of the box before the Ecuadorian sent the ball crashing against the crossbar. CSKA were trying to catch United on the counterattack but Valencia would not be denied and six minutes later after Berbatov had flicked on Nani's left-wing cross, he turned and fired past Akinfeev. Anderson almost added a second in added time, curling the ball past the far post, but one was enough for United.

Last updated: 27/11/12 22.07CET

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Lineups

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

man. united

Man. United

35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK) (C)
1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
2
G. NevilleGary Neville (C)
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
Substitution57
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
8
AndersonAnderson
10
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Yellow Card53
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
15
VidićNemanja Vidić
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
17
NaniNani
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
Substitution71
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
Substitution90
20
FabioFabio
Substitution88
42
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
Substitution62
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
89
NecidTomáš Necid
Substitution73
25
ValenciaAntonio Valencia
Goal86

Substitutes

33
PomazanEvgeni Pomazan (GK)
29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
7
CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho
Substitution90
6
BrownWes Brown
Substitution57
11
MamaevPavel Mamaev
Substitution62
7
OwenMichael Owen
Substitution71
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
Substitution88
23
PilievNika Piliev
Substitution73
19
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
26
OlisehSekou Oliseh
23
J. EvansJonny Evans
50
GrigorievAnton Grigoriev
27
MachedaFederico Macheda

Coach

Juande Ramos (ESP) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Anders Nørrestrand (DEN)

Fourth official

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

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