UEFA Champions League

August 25, 2004

Full-time

Man Utd

3 - 0

D Bucuresti

UEFA Champions League

19:10 +00:00, August 25, 2004

Old Trafford, England

Referee: Markus Merk

2nd Leg: 5 - 1 (Agg)

  • 90'

    Free kick to Dinamo, swung in by substitute Balan, but as the ball sails out of play, referee Merk blows for full time. United are safetly through 3-0 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.

  • 89'

    We are now entering the final minute of this match, with United looking just to play out time and keep a clean sheet.

  • 88'

    Free kick to Dinamo for a handball by Richardson.

  • 87'

    Three minutes to full time and United's name will definitely be in the hat for the draw for the group stages that takes place in Monaco tomorrow.

  • 86'

    But, Richardson wins back possession on the edge of the box and seeing the 'keeper off his line, attempts to chip a wonder goal, that is off target however.

  • 85'

    United immediately go up field and win themselves a right-wing corner, which is easily claimed by Munteanu.

  • 84'

    Spector gets a round of applause after a fine piece of defending down by the left-hand corner flag.

  • 83'

    Bellion almost sets his fellow substitute Richardson clear on goal, but he just cannot quite find the youngster with his pass.

  • 82'

    Free kick to Dinamo after Eagles is adjudged to be offside, much to his disgust.

  • 81'

    A final change of the night for Dinamo, who bring on Serban for Niculescu.

  • 80'

    But, Mr.Merk does decide to give the home side a free kick in a dangerous position, taken by Kleberson, but easily cleared by the Dinamo defence.

  • 79'

    Dinamo claim a free kick on the edge of the United area, but referee Merk waves away their protests.

  • 78'

    Now it is Fletcher's turn to go close after good work by Eagles and Bellion in the box, but the winger's low shot is blocked by a whole host of Dinamo bodies in the box.

  • 77'

    A rare effort on goal from the visitors, this time Niculescu drilling in a shot that again barely troubles Howard.

  • 76'

    Dinamo look ragged now, failing to control simple passes and giving the ball away needlessly.

  • 75'

    Almost 4-0 to United after Fletcher is put clear down the right wing and his excellent cut-back picks out Bellion on the penalty spot, but his finish is blazed inches over the bar.

  • 74'

    The ball is played out to Fletcher on the right touch-line, but the young winger is tackled and Dinamo can break.

  • 73'

    Free kick now to United following a tackle from behind on Eagles.

  • 72'

    Free kick to Dinamo, deep in the United half, but poorly taken as the ball flies out on the full for a goal kick.

  • 72'

  • 71'

    A very satisfactory night all round so far for the Red Devils, who lead 5-1 now on aggregate.

  • 70'

    GOAL! Substitute Bellion gets the better of Iordache following Silvestre's ball over the top, and faced with just Munteanu to beat, the Frenchman rolls the ball into the far right-hand corner of the net.

  • 69'

    Eagles is flagged for offside and Dinamo can start an attack, looking for three goals in the final 21 minutes to progress.

  • 68'

    Now it is Kleberson's turn to give away a free kick, just inside his own half.

  • 67'

    Dinamo make a change, bringing on Balan for Petre.

  • 66'

    Eagles gives away a free kick for a late tackle on Irimia.

  • 65'

    It looks like Bellion will play up front with Eagles - that could be interesting!

  • 64'

    A double substitution by Ferguson, who brings on Bellion and Richardson for Smith and Ronaldo.

  • 63'

    Petre goes on a good run deep into the United half, and with no other support in sight, he tries his luck from distance, but it dribbles wide of Howard's near post.

  • 62'

    United are awarded a free kick, some 30 yards out, in a central position, which is taken by Kleberson, but it strikes the wall and rebounds to safety.

  • 61'

    This could be a good omen for United, as when they won the competition in 1999, they also had to come through a qualifying round.

  • 60'

    It is now just a game of keep ball for United, until Neville is flagged for offside that is.

  • 59'

    Ronaldo's corner is well cleared at the near post by the Dinamo defence.

  • 58'

    Fletcher wins a right-wing corner for United following a good dribble.

  • 57'

    A rare foray into the United half by Dinamo and substitute Pacurar tries his luck from fully 25 yards out, but the shot is weak and off target.

  • 56'

    Ronaldo takes the free kick from the left-hand touch-line with pace and whip, but Munteanu punches clear dramatically under his crossbar.

  • 55'

    Phil Neville replaces his brother and takes the captain's armband in the process.

  • 54'

    United are attacking again through Ronaldo, Spector and then Smith, who is crudelly felled and the home side win a resulting free kick in a dangerous position.

  • 53'

    This tie is virtually over as a contest with those two early strikes, and Phil Neville appears to be coming on as a substitute.

  • 52'

    United are rampant now, while Dinamo look more than a little disinterested with proceedings, trailing as they are 4-1 on aggregate.

  • 51'

    Smith is now just one goal away from a hat-trick for his new club.

  • 50'

    GOAL! 2-0 to United through that man Smith again, who has another simple tap-in at the back post following good work by Neville and Eagles on the right-hand touch-line, before Neville's cut-back finds his England international colleague.

  • 48'

    Ronaldo wins his team another free kick, this time from the right-hand side, taken by Ronaldo, but none of his team-mates can make contact with the Portuguese's wicked centre.

  • 47'

    GOAL! Smith opens the scoring - Kleberson swings in the free kick and the ball deflects off Iordache's boot and leaves the striker with a simple tap-in. The linesman initially disallows the goal for offside, before being over-ruled by Mr.Merk because the last touch before Smith scored was a Dinamo one.

  • 47'

    Immediately United go on the attack with Ronaldo, who has begun the second period on the left, and Smith wins his team a free kick by the right-hand corner flag.

  • 46'

    United get the second period under way, kicking from right to left, attacking the Stretford End.

  • 46'

    And, Mr.Merk decides that is the end of the first half, with the scores goalless and United still leading 2-1 on aggregate.

  • 45'

    We are entering the final minute of what has been a fairly low-key first period, with the fourth official indicating that there will be just the one minute to be added on at the end of the half.

  • 44'

    Ronaldo has swapped wings yet again, this time on to the right, but still no breakthrough for United following a poor cross by the winger that dribbles harmlessly through to Munteanu.

  • 43'

    But, not for the first time this evening, the corner is disappointing and Munteanu punches clear at his near post.

  • 42'

    United break up field immediately to win a left-wing corner after a sensational step-over by Ronaldo on the left-hand touch-line.

  • 41'

    Grigorie just gives United a wake-up call with a low shot from distance that Howard is forced to save.

  • 40'

    The resulting corner is cleared to safety by Dinamo, who will be more than happy to get to half-time on level terms on the night.

  • 39'

    United are inches away from taking the lead after Kleberson's accurate right-wing centre is brilliantly headed on to the crossbar by the ever-alert Smith and the referee decides it is a corner.

  • 38'

    Spector makes ground into the Dinamo half, before chipping the ball into the box and when the ball is headed clear, Eagles blazes wildly over from 25 yards out.

  • 37'

    Another free kick given to United, this time for a trip on Kleberson just inside the visitors' half.

  • 36'

    But, Ronaldo rather optimistically goes for goal, rather than pick out one of his team-mates in the six-yard box and Munteanu easily claims.

  • 35'

    Smith does brilliantly by the left-hand touch-line to win his team a free kick in a dangerous position.

  • 34'

    Now it is Fletcher's turn to go on a dribble in the Dinamo half, and the right-winger wins himself a free kick from a trip.

  • 33'

    Mr.Merk gives the visitors a questionable free kick, much to the home fans' disgust, although it comes to nothing.

  • 32'

    Neville miscontrols a Kleberson pass and Dinamo can break as a result, until Silvestre comes to the home sides' rescue with a fine interception.

  • 31'

    Free kick to United for a foul on Fletcher on the halfway line.

  • 30'

    Fletcher is played through on goal by Kleberson, but the midfielder is just offside.

  • 29'

    But, the resulting left-wing corner is poor and easily claimed by Munteanu at his near post.

  • 28'

    United win a throw-in level with the six-yard box that falls to Eagles, who does well to hook in a centre that causes panic in the Dinamo defence, but there are no United players on hand to tap in the empty net and Dinamo concede a corner.

  • 27'

    Neville gets to the byline, but his right-wing centre is very well blocked at the near post and Dinamo then clear up field.

  • 26'

    Dinamo will be more than happy with how the opening 26 minutes have gone so far.

  • 25'

    At the moment, it just is not running for United, with balls being mishit and attacks breaking down at will almost.

  • 24'

    Smith finds Ronaldo with a neat back header and the ball is then played to Fletcher on the right, but the Scotland captain's centre is woefully overhit.

  • 23'

    There is a deathly silence in Old Trafford at the moment, with the home fans having very little to cheer about.

  • 22'

    O'Shea picks out Ronaldo with a great cross-field pass and the winger beats his man before delivering a great cross that eludes everyone in the centre.

  • 21'

    Now it's Djemba-Djemba's time to concede a free kick for a foul.

  • 20'

    Smith is in the action again, being flagged for offside on the halfway line.

  • 19'

    Neville charges into the Dinamo half and picks out Ronaldo with a lovely chipped centre and although the winger miscontrols, the ball almost breaks kindly to Smith at the back post, before Dinamo clear their lines.

  • 18'

    Every time Ronaldo gains possession, two opposing players immediately surround the Portuguese.

  • 17'

    Smith now tries his luck from fully 25 yards out, but his effort, although on target, lacks any real power and is easily claimed by Munteanu.

  • 16'

    Dinamo attempt to break through the home defence with a long, raking, cross-field pass that is easily headed clear by O'Shea.

  • 15'

    Danciulescu picks up the ball outside the area and tries his luck, but the ball goes harmlessly wide without troubling Howard.

  • 14'

    Neville crosses in from the right and picks out Kleberson, unmarked, in the box, but surprisingly the Brazilian's first touch is poor and it goes out for a goal kick.

  • 13'

    Eagles picks up the first booking of the night for a late tackle. Free kick to Dinamo.

  • 12'

    Yet more tricks by Ronaldo, taking the ball past three defenders with a couple of drag backs that delight the crowd.

  • 11'

    Ronaldo has now swapped wings, moving over to the right-hand side, but it appears as though the Portugal international winger has been given a free role tonight by Sir Alex Ferguson.

  • 10'

    New boy Eagles fails to control on the right-hand touch-line and Dinamo have a resulting throw-in.

  • 9'

    Dinamo break up field and win a left-wing corner, taken by Petre, but it is cleared at the near post by skipper Gary Neville.

  • 8'

    Now Ronaldo goes on a mazy run, playing a one-two with Smith, but the move breaks down when the striker miscontrols.

  • 7'

    Ronaldo, back from the Olympics, has made a quiet start to the match.

  • 6'

    Fletcher tries to find Smith with a chipped ball over the top, but Galamaz intercepts.

  • 5'

    United are without the services of their injured skipper Roy Keane tonight, who will be out of action for three weeks.

  • 4'

    Dinamo are playing keep ball in these early stages, quietening down the home supporters in the process.

  • 3'

    But, the right-wing corner is overhit and referee Markus Merk blows for a free kick to the visitors.

  • 2'

    Tim Howard is called into action early on to collect a dangerous through-ball, before United break up field through Eagles, but his pull-back is deflected wide of the post for a corner.

  • 1'

    Dinamo get the match under way, kicking from right to left, attacking the Stretford End.

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