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Returning Ronaldo nudges Madrid past United

Published: Tuesday 5 March 2013, 22.56CET
Manchester United FC 1-2 Real Madrid CF (agg: 2-3)
Cristiano Ronaldo settled the tie in the visitors' favour after Luka Modrić, with United down to ten men following the dismissal of Nani, had equalised.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford

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Man. UnitedReal Madrid

Goals scored1
 
2
on target12
 
16
off target6
 
5
Corners9
 
12
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed7
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0
Possession (%)38
 
62

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Published: Tuesday 5 March 2013, 22.56CET

Returning Ronaldo nudges Madrid past United

Manchester United FC 1-2 Real Madrid CF (agg: 2-3)
Cristiano Ronaldo settled the tie in the visitors' favour after Luka Modrić, with United down to ten men following the dismissal of Nani, had equalised.

Cristiano Ronaldo made a dream return to Old Trafford as he scored the goal that sent Real Madrid CF into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of his old team.

The Portuguese international, the recipient of such a warm ovation before kick-off as the stadium announcer welcomed him back, scored the close-range goal that completed Madrid's turnaround after substitute Luka Modrić had cancelled out the lead given Manchester United FC by a Sergio Ramos own goal early in the second half.

United's hopes were not helped by the dismissal of Nani for a high challenge on Álvaro Arbeloa with the score at 1-0, and Madrid duly made the ten men pay to complete a memorable week that had already included two victories over FC Barcelona.

It was United who had the better of an absorbing opening period. Sir Alex Ferguson had raised eyebrows before kick-off by leaving Wayne Rooney out of his lineup, yet Danny Welbeck, starting behind Robin van Persie, certainly justified his inclusion. The evergreen Ryan Giggs also featured, lasting the duration of his 1,000th competitive appearance for United.

Welbeck's direct running asked questions of the Madrid defence and he should really have had a goal in the 21st minute when Nemanja Vidić headed against the near post and the ball dropped to the young England forward, who rolled it straight to Diego López. Another chance came his way when López parried a Van Persie shot, but the goalkeeper saved well from Welbeck's follow-up strike.

At the other end, Ángel Di María sent Gonzalo Higuaín clear on the left side of the penalty box, but David de Gea made the block. Although Higuaín put the ball in the net from the ensuing corner, the referee had already blown for an infringement.

United's breakthrough came three minutes into the second half when Arbeloa failed to clear after Welbeck and Van Persie had both gone close. Nani punished him at once, crossing for Welbeck, who got a touch before Sergio Ramos turned the ball past López.

Madrid were a goal down and had lost Di María to injury, but after Nani's 56th-minute dismissal José Mourinho sent on Modrić. The Croatia midfielder soon delivered the equaliser, collecting a pass some 20 metres from goal, stepping outside Michael Carrick and bending a shot in off De Gea's left-hand post.

Three minutes later, Ronaldo made it two. Mesut Özil's lovely back-heel gave Higuaín a crossing opportunity and he flashed the ball across goal, with Ronaldo arriving at the far post to turn it in. As in Madrid, he tempered his celebrations out of respect for his former employers. United's heads did not drop, though, and López made a trio of fine stops, with substitute Rooney also hooking over. At the other end, Kaká hit a post and De Gea denied Ronaldo a second, but Madrid's job was already done.

Last updated: 13/03/13 0.22CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
41
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
2
RafaelRafael
Substitution87
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
3
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card18
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
Goal48
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
6
KhediraSami Khedira
15
VidićNemanja Vidić (C)
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal69
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
Yellow Card72
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution71
17
NaniNani
Red Card56
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
19
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
Substitution81
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Yellow Card38
Substitution59
20
Van PersieRobin van Persie
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
23
CleverleyTom Cleverley
Substitution73
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution45+1

Substitutes

13
LindegaardAnders Lindegaard (GK)
13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
6
J. EvansJonny Evans
3
PepePepe
Substitution71
Yellow Card88
7
A. ValenciaAntonio Valencia
Substitution87
8
KakáKaká
Substitution45+1
Yellow Card73
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Substitution73
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
18
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
18
YoungAshley Young
Substitution81
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution59
Goal66
26
KagawaShinji Kagawa
21
CallejónJosé Callejón

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Mete Kalkavan (TUR)

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