UEFA Champions League

April 9, 2008


Manchester United

1 - 0

AS Roma

UEFA Champions League

18:45 +00:00, April 9, 2008

Old Trafford, England

2nd Leg: 3 - 0 (Agg)

  • 90'

    A brave effort from Roma, but United were just too good on the night and over the course of the two legs. Three English sides in the semi-finals; follow them here at ESPNsoccernet!

  • 90'

    That's the whistle! 11 consecutive Champions League home wins for United, a new competition record.

  • 89'

    As one minute of added time is signalled United clear the danger from the freekick and wait patiently for the added minute to elapse

  • 89'

    Esposito gets a freekick on the right flank after a tame foul from Rooney

  • 88'

    Park's effort on goal brushes the roof of the net after Doni did just enough to put him off

  • 87'

    Time almost up and one has to say the it has been comfortable for United, they did the damage in Rome. Roma has tried but come up short against a side which even without Ronaldo looks an awesome outfit

  • 86'

    Each touch Neville has it being greeted by huge cheers from the OT faithful - a fond welcome for the right back and club skipper who has suffered so badly with injuries over the last year

  • 85'

    Esposito fails to connect with a neat ball behind the United backline from Perrotta

  • 84'

    Giuly shows his pace as he latches on to a lose ball, but he is forced to play the ball wide as he is faced with three men.

  • 84'

    Doni punches clear from a Gary Neville cross

  • 83'

    Giuly loses out to Rio Ferdinand; it's not been his night since he joined the game. He's struggled to get any time on the ball under the attentions of the United defenders

  • 81'

    Another change for Roma as Esposito joins the game with just under ten minutes to go.

  • 80'

    Good night Anderson, welcome back Gary Neville. He puts the skippers armband on to a huge cheer.

  • 79'

    Tevez is ruled offside after a great ball from the back.

  • 79'

    Club captain Neville is already getting applause before he has even taken the pitch

  • 78'

    Credit to Roma; they have had a go at beating United at their own free-flownig attacking game, but have come up short.

  • 77'

    'Gary Neville is a Red' and 'he hates Scousers' is the chant as the man who has been out for 13 months looks set for a first team return

  • 76'

    The ball is whipped in gamely, but it's cleared with little trouble

  • 75'

    Roma win a corner as they cling on blindly to the hope that they can get something from the game.

  • 74'

    Rooney has taken a position wide on the left - someting we are seeing more and more of at the moment. Though the fluid nature of the United attack means that most players play in four positions at some point in a game

  • 73'

    United make a double chagne, goodnight to Giggs and Carrick, hello to Rooney and O'Shea

  • 72'

    Perrotta gets a booking for fairly savage tackle

  • 72'

    Looks like Rooney and O'Shea are about to join the fray

  • 71'

    It's surely all over now?

  • 69'

    A fantastic break from United. Hargreaves whipped in a superb ball from the right which Tevez headed passed Doni to give the home side a 3-0 lead and one foot in the semi finals.

  • 69'

    Goal for United!

  • 68'

    Ludvic Giuly joins the game as Roma look for inspiration from the bench

  • 66'

    A great chance for Roma but Juan sees it late. The corner was flighted in and after Pique missed it Juan could not react in time

  • 65'

    Tonetto is making a mark on the game after his introduction

  • 64'

    Giggs clips a freekick into the penalty area, but Roma are equal to the delicately flighted ball and danger is averted

  • 63'

    In the English Championship Barnsley are now 3-0 up away from home at promotion chasing Watford! It means more to me than you, sorry...

  • 62'

    With Gary Neville on the bench one wonders if he might get a game tonight if the match is still 0-0 with 15 to go?

  • 61'

    Silvestre deals with a long ball easily as Roma waste poessession.

  • 59'

    Park and Hargreaves (in slightly less adventurous positions this half) are working hard to break down Perrotta's shirt, sharp passess

  • 58'

    Roma have the bit between their teeth at the moment - they need a 2-0 result just to get extra time and right now they are going for it.

  • 57'

    Pique nips the ball off Taddei's foot before he can get a cross in.

  • 56'

    Silvestre charges down a shot on the edge of the box as Roma throw it all at United - they seem to think time is running out

  • 55'

    Well, Cassetti's night is over. After his awkward landing he damaged his shoulder or his collar bone and can't contine. I maintain rolling around will not have helped, but there you go. On for the injured defender is Max Tonetto

  • 53'

    Carrick and Cassetti clashes in a 50-50 - Cassetti rolls around like he's been shot. He's holding his shoulder; if he's dislocated it rolling about won't help!

  • 53'

    Roma are really struggling to keep the ball because of the pressure United are applying across the pitch.

  • 52'

    Silvestre sees the funny side after fouling Panucci. I guess you had to be there...

  • 51'

    Giggs whips in the corner to the back post where Pique heads a tame looped effort toward Doni's goal.

  • 50'

    A poor touch from Park and great tackle from Juan combine to spare Roma - corner for United

  • 49'

    News reaches us that Rio had three stiches in his foot at the half. O'Shea is warming up in case Rio can't continue. He looks a little uncomfortable - which one can understand!

  • 48'

    Another big moment that Roma will rue. Vucinic had a shot from the edge of the box which Van der Sar could only parry, and before Rio could deal with it Cassetti was there, but when the defener swung his leg at the ball he missed it and Van der Sar claimed the ball.

  • 48'

    Roma again look to have been robbed of an opportunity to start the game the quicker; United stealing their thunder

  • 47'

    An early corner for United is met by Pique, but he can't hit the target.

  • 47'

    All the same United look set to introduce Rooney - he looks to be warmed up and rady to take the pitch.

  • 47'

    Back underway for the second half and Rio is back on the pitch! The pics seen at the break showed blood on his white boot; one can only assume that the previous injury was not an issue and the limping before the half was down to a cut foot.

  • 47'

    The refs blows the whistle and Roma head into the half knowing that they have let United off the hook with that missed pen.

  • 46'

    Carrick, who has been quietly efficient spreads play towards Anderson on the right.

  • 45'

    Great defending from Giggs - another showing a superb workrate

  • 44'

    Roma look to get something before the half - pressing down the right flank

  • 43'

    Two added minuted signalled

  • 42'

    Again back at Old Trafford the atmosphere has dipped after the injury to Vucinic altered the flow of the game and the fans come to terms with the fact that Rio is limping

  • 41'

    At the Camp Nou Barca have taken the lead against Schalke through Yaya Toure

  • 40'

    Back at Old Trafford Roma have Vucinic down taking treatment. And worryingly for United Rio is limping and looks torubled by his foot injury - the injury we thought was not a problem...

  • 39'

    The big news of the night is that Kayode Odejayi has scored for Barnsley against Watford in the English Championship, therefore denting Watford's hopes of going top tonight and helping beaten FA Cup semi finalists Barnsley's relegation worries!

  • 39'

    Cassetti concedes a corner from Giggs' cheeky clipped ball from the left.

  • 38'

    The United attack is so fluid - really impressive movement as the players interchange positions. So hard to defend against.

  • 37'

    Juan shields the ball from Tevez and Roma get a goal kick after defending well agianst a United attack featuring the impressive Park.

  • 36'

    Another wasted chance. United have the measure of the Roma set plays it would seem

  • 35'

    Roma, enjoying their best spell, win a corner.

  • 35'

    Park looks to the heavens as an offside call goes against him. Fergie bellows his fury at the fourth official

  • 34'

    Roma press again. Mancini and Pizarro spreading the ball about with ease, but no penetration

  • 33'

    Just as I type the rallying call Roma have a decent chance with that man de Rossi finding space inside the six-yard box but crucially not the touch to find the target

  • 32'

    Roma need to look on the bright side; they missed the chance, but they carved the opening and proved they can cause problems and at 0-0 they have a chance

  • 31'

    United press to hammer home the wasted chance; Park sees his shot blocked.

  • 30'

    That was really bad from de Rossi. They only need one goal to start the nerves going at OT, but he wasted the chance. Such a waste.

  • 29'

    Brown looks relieved, Fergie is ranting on the sideline and de Rossi wants the ground to open up. The Roma man skied his penalty high over the bar. Really, really bad pen.

  • 28'

    Shocking miss from de Rossi!

  • 28'

    Brown goes to ground early and Mancini takes the dive. It's a soft penalty and Mancini bought it, but the ref had a good view...

  • 28'


  • 28'

    Van der Sar can only parry a shot from range and United scramble.

  • 27'

    A quick break out of defence from United comes to nothing after Anderson is caught offside from a Tevez pass.

  • 26'

    A rare foray into United territory results in a corner for Roma.

  • 25'

    Park and Tevez deserve praise as well; they, like Hargreaves, are grafting hard and covering every blade of grass. By defending from the front and causing problems for Roma at the back they limit the visitor's chances.

  • 24'

    Ironic cheers as Doni throws the ball out of play when he was looking to release it quickly to the on rushing Panucci

  • 23'

    Hargreaves is having a great game. On the right wing, through the centre as a makeshift striker as the forward line rotates, Hargreaves looks in good form, and he's working hard

  • 22'

    A half chance for United as Rio lifts a ball into Hargreaves path, but Juan and Cassetti come together to shut the door on the United man as he charged in on goal

  • 21'

    The first Cantona song that I've noticed rings out. The United legend will be please, no doubt.

  • 20'

    Hargreaves is wrestled to the floor by three Roma players after he was released by a neat back-heel from Tevez

  • 19'

    No score at the Camp Nou, so as it stands United will meet Barca in the second Champions League semi final.

  • 18'

    Anderson gives Panucci the run around tight on the Roma right as he seeks to find space

  • 17'

    So far Rio looks to be OK. He limped off against Boro on Sunday and United feared for his fitness. But a scan showed no damage, so despite first impressions he remains fit and plays tonight, and with Vidic certainly injured it's a good thing for United that Rio is deemed fit.

  • 16'

    Great move a moment ago from United. They are causing Roma's right and left backs real trouble

  • 16'

    Giggs works the ball wide to Anderson after the corner breaks down, but Roma clear.

  • 15'

    Great point blank save by Doni from Giggs after a superb cross from Hargreaves. Corner to United.

  • 13'

    Van der Sar saves low twice at either side of his goal in two quick attacks from Roma - signs that it might be comfortable for United on paper at the moment, but one goal from Roma tonight alters the tension.

  • 12'

    Roma by contrast seem to have been caught a little unawares by the speed of United's attacking intent.

  • 11'

    Great start for United, pulsating stuff - and the crowd love it. The home side clearly under orders to get an early goal and put the tie beyond all doubt.

  • 10'

    Yet more United pressure. Hargreaves was clean through but his rather tame shot was smothered by Doni. Then from the resulting corner Brown again was picked out, this time though his shot was a scuffed effort.

  • 9'

    Doni's goal again under threat - a corner finds Brown unmarked but the ginger-topped defender can't keep his header down.

  • 8'

    I wonder how long it will be to the first chorus of Eric Cantona songs; the United legend is present tonight, sporting a rather fetching beard.

  • 7'

    Anderson is already proving to be a handful for Roma, he's just drawn a foul from Mexes as the Italian side try to come to terms with his strength and movement.

  • 6'

    Another good chance for United: This time Tevez can only connect with a Park cross with his shoulder, not his head, therefore the opening goes begging.

  • 5'

    Park should have scored. The linesman keeps his flag down as Panucci just plays Park on-side. The South Korean collected a sliderule ball from Giggs but pulled his shot across the goal

  • 4'

    Lively opening. A testing night ahead for my fingers...

  • 3'

    Mancini with some neat footwork and interplay carves an opening for Taddei who drives in a shot from the inside left position

  • 2'

    Poor corner; Roma clear and press up the pitch to try and gain some breathing space at the back

  • 2'

    Corner for United. Mexes heads clear from Hargreaves' cross after some slick build up play from Anderson and Tevez

  • 1'

    Speaking of Tevez, he's already causing problems: defending from the front and being generally waspish arounf Panucci and keeper Doni


    Looks like a five-man midfield for United with Tevez alone upfront.


    An early foul given against Anderson on Taddei


    Referee Tom Ovrebo from Norway blows the whistle and Roma get us underway at Old Trafford.


    But as the home side lead 2-0 from the first leg you can understand the logic of resting the talismanic pair.


    So Fergie has rung the changes for this Champions League quarter-final second leg against Roma at Old Trafford. Rio Ferdinand is called fit, but there is no starting place for Cristiano Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney who start on the bench.


    And for Roma: Doni, Panucci, Mexes, Juan, Cassetti, De Rossi, Pizarro, Taddei, Perrotta, Mancini, Vucinic. And on the bench: Curci, Cicinho, Aquilani, Giuly, Esposito, Tonetto, Brighi.


    The team news is in. Lining up for Manchester United: Van der Sar, Brown, Pique, Ferdinand, Silvestre, Hargreaves, Park, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Tevez. And the Subs: Kuszczak, Neville, Ronaldo, Rooney, Scholes, O'Shea, Welbeck.