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Rooney double helps United past resolute Oţelul

Published: Tuesday 18 October 2011, 23.10CET
FC Oţelul Galaţi 0-2 Manchester United FC
Wayne Rooney converted two second-half penalties as the visitors battled past their Romanian hosts to seal a first win in this year's UEFA Champions League.
by Trevor Haylett
from National Arena
Rooney double helps United past resolute Oţelul
Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his first penalty against Oţelul Galaţi ©Getty Images

Match statistics

OţelulMan. United

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners2
 
1
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
11
Yellow cards6
 
1
Red cards1
 
1
Possession (%)37
 
63

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 18 October 2011, 23.10CET

Rooney double helps United past resolute Oţelul

FC Oţelul Galaţi 0-2 Manchester United FC
Wayne Rooney converted two second-half penalties as the visitors battled past their Romanian hosts to seal a first win in this year's UEFA Champions League.

Wayne Rooney struck two second-half penalties as Manchester United FC picked up their first win in this season's UEFA Champions League at FC Oţelul Galaţi.

After draws in their two opening fixtures, United were eager to chalk up three points in Bucharest, though it was anything but easy for the visitors. After taking the lead in the 64th minute, Nemanja Vidić was sent off and victory was not secured until Rooney's second penalty in added time.

United, showing six changes from the XI on duty against FC Basel 1893, soon settled into a smooth rhythm but they came up against a more aggressive Oţelul than the one who had allowed SL Benfica to depart with all three points here three weeks ago. The home side began to win their tackles and forced numerous mistakes from the United defence through their constant hassling.

Ioan Filip spread real belief among his team's supporters with a surging run, let down only by a finish that flew just too high. It was stirring stuff which generated a positive response from United. A Rooney free-kick had Branko Grahovac scrambling down by his left-hand post.

United's breakthrough came when Rooney, sent through by Nani, tried to find Javier Hernández with a square pass. The alarm bells sounded in the home defence and Sergiu Costin felt compelled to thrust out an arm to block the cross. Rooney took full advantage from the penalty spot to score his tenth club goal of the season.

Two minutes later Vidić challenged Gabriel Giurgiu as they contested a ball near the halfway line and the United skipper was shown the red card. The hosts almost benefited from their numerical advantage immediately, had Liviu Antal been first to a bouncing ball, but Michael Carrick came in with a vital block.

In the 90th minute Nani struck a post just after Milan Perendija had also seen red for a second bookable offence. The last word was Rooney's after he had been felled by Antal; the England striker placing his spot kick in the same right-hand corner of the net as his first penalty to secure the points.

Last updated: 20/10/11 0.26CET

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Quotes

  • Dorinel Munteanu

    Read more"I have congratulated my players on their display. I cannot fault them at all and today there wasn't that much difference between the sides"

  • Sir Alex Ferguson

    Read more"I'm satisfied with the result. It was a long night and we had to be patient and work our way through the game"

Lineups

oţelul

Oţelul

man. united

Man. United

12
GrahovacBranko Grahovac (GK)
34
LindegaardAnders Lindegaard (GK)
3
RâpăCornel Râpă
Yellow Card52
3
EvraPatrice Evra
4
FilipIoan Filip
8
AndersonAnderson
8
AntalLiviu Antal
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal64
Goal90+2
11
FrunzăSorin Frunză
Substitution83
12
SmallingChris Smalling
18
CostinSergiu Costin (C)
Yellow Card64
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
19
PunoševacBratislav Punoševac
Substitution87
15
VidićNemanja Vidić (C)
Red Card66
23
SălăgeanuAdrian Sălăgeanu
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
Yellow Card54
26
NeaguIonuţ Neagu
Yellow Card62
Substitution72
17
NaniNani
29
GiurgiuGabriel Giurgiu
Yellow Card81
20
FabioFabio
Substitution76
55
PerendijaMilan Perendija
Yellow Card56
Red Card89
25
A. ValenciaAntonio Valencia
Substitution71

Substitutes

1
BrăneţCristian Brăneţ (GK)
1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
2
SkubicNejc Skubic
4
JonesPhil Jones
Substitution76
7
IorgaLaurenţiu Iorga
6
J. EvansJonny Evans
Substitution71
14
IlieSilviu Ilie
Substitution83
7
OwenMichael Owen
16
SârghiCristian Sârghi
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
27
PenaMarius Pena
Substitution72
19
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
37
VigliantiGabriel Viglianti
Substitution87
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher

Coach

Dorinel Munteanu (ROU) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Mark Borsch (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Gagelmann (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Dingert (GER), Tobias Welz (GER)

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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