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Anderson helps United keep Valencia at bay

Published: Tuesday 7 December 2010, 22.40CET
Manchester United FC 1-1 Valencia CF
Anderson cancelled out Pablo Hernández's opener to ensure United finished on top of Group C ahead of their visitors to Old Trafford.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford

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Match statistics

Man. UnitedValencia

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
5
Corners6
 
3
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 7 December 2010, 22.40CET

Anderson helps United keep Valencia at bay

Manchester United FC 1-1 Valencia CF
Anderson cancelled out Pablo Hernández's opener to ensure United finished on top of Group C ahead of their visitors to Old Trafford.

It was mission accomplished for Manchester United FC as Anderson's second-half strike earned them the point required to finish top of Group C.

Valencia CF, who like United, were already assured a last-16 place, overtook United for a short while at the summit after Pablo Hernández's 32nd-minute opener. However, United's deserved equaliser fulfilled Sir Alex Ferguson's pre-match wish to "avoid some of the big guns" in the draw on Friday week.

Both teams featured surprises in their lineups with Sir Alex giving a UEFA Champions League debut to goalkeeper Ben Amos while Valencia coach Unai Emery made seven changes from their last Liga outing, handing first starts in the tournament to goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and centre-back Ángel Dealbert. Despite the sub-zero temperature, there would be little risk of Guaita, in particular, getting cold.

Anderson had the first opportunity to test Guaita on the quarter-hour when an exchange of passes with Wayne Rooney sent him clear down the inside-right channel but he side-footed the ball tamely at the keeper. Anderson's next contribution was to play Dimitar Berbatov clean through but the Bulgarian, who hit five goals in United's last home game, lost the battle of wits with Guaita, who then blocked a spectacular Park Ji-Sung volley. Two minutes later, United fell behind to the first goal they have conceded in this season's competition.

The lively Alejandro Domínguez, who had already threatened with a couple of shots, was the instigator. When Michael Carrick was robbed of the ball by the Argentinian, he ran at Nemanja Vidić before slipping the ball into the path of Hernández, breaking to his right, who finished low through the legs of Amos. Rooney tried to respond but was denied by the crossbar when he curled a shot beyond Guaita, and Nani sent the rebound bobbling wide.

United laid siege to Valencia's goal after the restart. Berbatov went close with a hat-trick of headers, Rooney drove in a couple of shots and eventually, after 62 minutes, Guaita's luck ran out. Rafael broke forward and fed Park who fired in a shot that Guaita got a palm to, Anderson following up to score his first goal since September 2009.

There was almost a second soon after as Guaita saved Berbatov's low shot and Nani blazed the rebound over. By this stage Valencia had lost Domínguez with an apparent hamstring injury, though they had several chances too, notably when Aritz Aduriz drove a shot straight at Amos from inside the box but a draw was the right result.

Last updated: 08/12/13 3.54CET

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Quotes

  • Sir Alex Ferguson

    Read more"The important thing is we played a lot of good football, we made a lot of chances and we should have scored a few goals"

  • Unai Emery

    Read more"A draw was a fair result but we came close to winning; at 1-1 we had three decent chances"

Lineups

man. united

Man. United

valencia

Valencia

40
AmosBen Amos (GK)
13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
Substitution50
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
Yellow Card60
8
AndersonAnderson
Yellow Card44
Goal62
Substitution90
8
DomínguezAlejandro Domínguez
Substitution54
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
15
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Goal32
Substitution81
15
VidićNemanja Vidić (C)
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
21
BanegaÉver Banega
17
NaniNani
Substitution81
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
20
FabioFabio
23
MiguelMiguel (C)
Yellow Card78
21
RafaelRafael
28
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution68

Substitutes

29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
1
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
Substitution81
3
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
12
SmallingChris Smalling
Substitution50
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution68
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
Substitution90
12
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution81
26
ObertanGabriel Obertan
24
CostaTino Costa
27
MachedaFederico Macheda
26
IscoIsco
Substitution54

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Jorge Lourenço Batista (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Ferreira (POR), João Capela (POR)

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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