English FA Cup

January 27, 2007


Manchester United

2 - 1


English FA Cup

17:15 +00:00, January 27, 2007

Old Trafford, England

Referee: M Riley

  • 93'

    That's it! Man United run out deserved victors.

  • 93'

    Taylor hacks at Vidic as Pompey chase a late, late equaliser.

  • 93'

    Rooney fires over after a lovely touch takes him in behind Sol Campbell.

  • 92'

    O'Neil puts it behind after a miskicked clearance from Scholes. That was disappointing. United goal kick.

  • 91'

    Three minutes added time to be played.

  • 90'

    That goal will surely be credited to Kanu.

  • 90'

    Larsson offside.

  • 89'

    Park fluffs a chance after getting in behind the Pompey defence.

  • 89'

    That goal deflected off Kanu. It was going wide until it hit the Nigerian's shin.

  • 87'

    Mendes pulls one back for Pompey! That got a deflection and the keper was wrongfooted. Maybe it's not over...

  • 85'

    Fletcher on for Giggs.

  • 85'

    It's all over now, but Pompey have a corner. Mendes to take.

  • 83'

    Brillant goal from Rooney! He floated the ball over James' head and into the corner of the net from 25 yards out. Wonderful.

  • 82'

    Douala on for Hughes.

  • 81'

    United are passing it around with ease here - Pompey look beaten.

  • 80'

    Benjani on for Kranjcar.

  • 80'

    Park fouled by Lauren.

  • 79'

    Rooney offside after a lofted through ball by Giggs.

  • 78'

    United pour forward, seeking to kill Pompey off.

  • 76'

    Goal for Rooney! The easiest of tap-ins from a cross by Giggs. 1-0.

  • 76'

    Rooney falls on the edge of the box. No free-kick.

  • 76'

    It's all United now - Kuszczak hoofs it forward.

  • 75'

    Pompey are defending in numbers. Kanu wins a free-kick to relieve the pressure.

  • 73'

    Kanu offside.

  • 72'

    And he's up! Campbell to take the free-kick.

  • 72'

    Lauren is rolling around on the ground holding his face after Scholes elbowed him in the face. It was an accident, though, and there'll be no booking.

  • 71'

    Pompey goalkick, after the ball bounces off Rooney's big old head.

  • 71'

    Pompey have sat back here. That could be a mistake, or it could not. Another United corner.

  • 69'

    Evra rushes on to a Rooney pass - this kid is really rapid. Man U corner.

  • 68'

    Mendes clears from inside the Pompey box.

  • 67'

    O'Neil is hurt after a challenge on Giggs.

  • 65'

    Vidic heads just over from a corner. He leapt like the proverbial Salmon there.

  • 64'

    Hughes gets a yellow for bringing down Giggs. First booking of the match.

  • 64'

    Kuszcak comes out of his area, controls the ball on his thigh and clears - while two Pompey players try to dispossess him. bizarre.

  • 63'

    Kanu on for Cole, who was poor today.

  • 62'

    Kanu waits to come on for Pompey as United attack.

  • 61'

    Solskjaer replaced by Rooney.

  • 60'

    Larsson can't get any power on a close-in shot and James stops it.

  • 60'

    Great save by James from a Scholes howitzer! The ball fell to the ginger chap just outside the box but the keeper was equal to his rasping effort.

  • 59'

    Scholes takes it - but it hits a defender and is cleared.

  • 58'

    Park brought down by Johnson, thirty-five yards out and directly in front of goal.

  • 57'

    Mendes blasts over. There looks to be a goal in this match - but who will score it? I just don't know.

  • 56'

    Great finish from Larsson after he's put in by Neville - but he's offside! Bad luck old chap.

  • 55'

    Mmoent of anxiety for Pompy after a blunder by James, who pused the ball into his own defender before the ball was cleared.

  • 54'

    Cole gets a bad touch on a Mendes cross - that was a very decent chance.

  • 53'

    Giggs shoots well wide from forty yards.

  • 53'

    Lovely stuff from Kranjcar, who beats three men before laying the ball off.

  • 52'

    Park's cross is headed out by Hughes.

  • 51'

    An offside Larsson manages to miss the target from five yards after a wonderful reverse pass from Scholes.

  • 50'

    Cole falls in the box under a challenge - but Riley refuses to give a pen. It would have been a bit harsh, to be fair.

  • 49'

    A low drive from Neville is saved by James at the near post. That was comfy for the Pompey sticksman.

  • 49'

    Pompey have started the better in this half.

  • 48'

    Primus heads just over from Taylor's cross! He got a little too much on that.

  • 47'

    O'Neil is brought down by Evra five yards from the corner flag.

  • 47'

    Park takes it from Primus, but Campbell steps in to clear the ball.

  • 46'

    Saha has a knee injury, apparently, which is why he didn't play.

  • 46'

    United get the second half underway.

  • 45'

    Half-time. Man U deserve to be ahead - on the blance of play AND because they had a perfectly good goal ruled out - but they're not. 0-0.

  • 45'

    One minute added time to be played.

  • 45'

    Mike Riley ticks off Rio Ferdinand. What for I do not know - but I can confirm that a finger has been wagged. Hmmm.

  • 44'

    Scholes bought down by Hughes. Free-kick just inside the home team's half.

  • 44'

    Lauren robs Solskjaer as the ball is played into the Pompey half.

  • 43'

    Campbell robs Solskjaer after a cross by Giggs. The former Arsenal man has been immense today.

  • 42'

    Park blasts over after a one-two with Larsson.

  • 41'

    Hughes played in on the Pompey left, but his ball across goal was poor and into the keeper's arms.

  • 40'

    Headed away by Richard Hughes.

  • 40'

    Park wins a free-kick out on United's left, forty yards out.

  • 39'

    And now James makes a dramatic save from Carrick, who drifted onto the end of Giggs' corner. The subsequent corner is caught by the ex-England stopper.

  • 38'

    Giggs runs into the box but his pass is just behind Larsson, who can't tap it in! Corner to United.

  • 37'

    Foul by Carrick on Hughes.

  • 36'

    Larsson fouls Johnson. The Swede has been quiet so far.

  • 35'

    Pompey are coming more into this now - Johnson with a throw halfway inside the United half.

  • 33'

    It's gone momentarilly flat at Old Trafford.

  • 31'

    A scuffed shot from Mendes brings to an end a decent bit of play from Pompey - they'll be annoyed not to have carved out a better chance. That was promising for them.

  • 30'

    Johnson cuts out a Giggs through ball and Pompey come forward.

  • 28'

    Decent ball from Kranjcar to the edge of the United box, but Kuszcak gets there before Cole.

  • 27'

    Giggs gets behind the Pompey defence for what seems like the 10th time already today, but Campbell clears.

  • 26'

    Pompey slow things down - eventually, it comes to Cole, whose control is poor. United bring the ball forward.

  • 24'

    Headed away by Johnson.

  • 24'

    Neville's cross is deflected behind by Lauren. Corner.

  • 23'

    Park just fails to get on the end of an Evra cross, which was driven at pace.

  • 22'

    Campbell slides in to disposess Park, who was through on goal.

  • 21'

    O'Neil's cross is caught by the goalkeeper. Good bit of possesion, though.

  • 20'

    Evra's cross is cleared by Campbell, who has been superb so far.

  • 19'

    This is good stuff so far. United are dominating but Pompey don't look overawed.

  • 17'

    Great stuff from Campbell, who flicked the ball away from Solskjaer with the goal at his mercy.

  • 16'

    Floated cross from Larsson is headed back by Park but Pompey get it clear. United are threatening.

  • 15'

    Amazingly, that was cleared off the line by Mendes - who famously 'scored' here when Roy Carroll blundered a few years back.

  • 13'

    Giggs takes it - and Vidic's header is kicked off the line! It looks over the line from the replays!

  • 12'

    Man U corner after Campbell closes Larsson down and blocks his shot.

  • 11'

    Taylor shoots from outside the box but that's meat and, dare I say it, drink for Kuszczak.

  • 10'

    Good chance for the home side as Giggs feeds Larsson five yards out - but he can't get any power on the ball and it rolls into James' arms.

  • 9'

    A roar from the Pompey following as Andrew Cole drives at the United defence - but his control lets him down.

  • 8'

    Solskjaer offside after a period of United possession.

  • 7'

    Good defensding from Primus, who guides the ball back to James under pressure from the marauding Larsson.

  • 6'

    Replays are inconclusive. Meanwhile, Richard Hughes fires over from distance.

  • 5'

    Controversy as O'Neill falls under a challenge from Kuszcak in the box - on reflection, that looks like a dive. Anyway, no pen.

  • 4'

    Evra offside.

  • 2'

    This is scrappy. In other news, Fergie unwraps a piece of chewing gum.


    Park runs at the Pompey defence. He looks sharp.


    We're underway.


    Van der Sar and Rooney start on the bench for Manchester United.