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Hernández steals the points for United

Published: Wednesday 29 September 2010, 22.30CET
Valencia CF 0-1 Manchester United FC
In a 13-minute cameo, substitute Javier Hernández hit the post and then scored the only goal as the visitors won.
by Graham Hunter
from Mestalla

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ValenciaMan. United

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners6
 
3
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 29 September 2010, 22.30CET

Hernández steals the points for United

Valencia CF 0-1 Manchester United FC
In a 13-minute cameo, substitute Javier Hernández hit the post and then scored the only goal as the visitors won.

Javier Hernández scored with five minutes remaining as Manchester United FC – no strangers to winning against the odds in Spain – beat Valencia CF despite being second best for much of the Group C fixture.

Eleven years ago two substitutes, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær, famously earned Sir Alex Ferguson's team a dramatic victory over FC Bayern München in the UEFA Champions League final in Barcelona. The prize was not as significant this evening but there was a whiff of nostalgia as, with Valencia looking ever more threatening, Javier Hernández took a clever assist from fellow replacement Federico Macheda and fired in.

On the 28th anniversary of Valencia's only victory over United it was a bitter blow to the Liga leaders, but a lesson in clinical, clever counterattacking. Indeed, for a long time it seemed that Sir Alex's team would be happy to nullify their opponents and take home a point – a win was a distant bonus. It would take a moment of clarity, when all the previous endeavour suddenly found an end result, to change that.

Valencia began brightly, and on the right Pablo Hernández weaved his particular magic. More than once he bamboozled Patrice Evra but having created the opening he squandered it – it was a common malady. The first real threat came from the hosts' opposite flank, Edwin van der Sar doing just enough after flapping at Alejandro Domínguez's cross to spoil Roberto Soldado's header, the effort looping over the open goal.

United immediately responded as Anderson, making his second start since February, volleyed Nani's centre millimetres wide. The early chances proved a preamble while the sides jostled for superiority. It was not until moments after the break that Pablo again took the reins, hitting a fierce drive beyond Van der Sar's dive and the far post.

Again the visitors responded in kind, Nani's inventive long pass sending Dimitar Berbatov one-on-one with César Sánchez but the keeper parried expertly. Yet with the points there for the taking and United featuring three players returning from fitness, the game opened up.

Aritz Aduriz, on for Domínguez, added power and intensity as Valencia peppered United's goal. Indeed, it took a superb Rio Ferdinand block to stop Soldado grabbing the lead. Soon after Sir Alex made just as telling intervention: sending on Javier Hernández. The Mexican international promptly hit the upright – though the flag was up for offside anyway – but he would not be denied.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.31CET

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

man. united

Man. United

1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
3
EvraPatrice Evra
4
D. NavarroDavid Navarro (C)
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
Substitution86
8
AndersonAnderson
Substitution77
8
DomínguezAlejandro Domínguez
Substitution59
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Substitution85
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
15
VidićNemanja Vidić (C)
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
17
NaniNani
23
MiguelMiguel
21
RafaelRafael
Substitution90+2
24
CostaTino Costa
Substitution75
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher

Substitutes

25
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
2
Bruno SaltorBruno Saltor
7
OwenMichael Owen
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
Substitution86
12
SmallingChris Smalling
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Substitution59
Yellow Card90+3
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
Substitution77
Goal85
12
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Substitution90+2
18
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Substitution75
27
MachedaFederico Macheda
Substitution85
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
28
GibsonDarron Gibson

Coach

Unai Emery (ESP) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), Tibor Vámos (HUN)

Fourth official

Ferenc Bede (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Tamás Bognar (HUN)

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