UEFA Champions League

December 8, 2009


VfL Wolfsburg

1 - 3

Manchester United

Group B

19:45 +00:00, December 8, 2009

Volkswagen Arena, Germany

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers

  • 93'

    Thanks a lot for tuning in folks and congratulations to Michael Owen - though he's still got plenty to prove if he is to earn a shock place on England's plane to South Africa. Look forward to you joining us again soon.

  • 93'

    FULL-TIME: Wolfsburg 1-3 United. Fantastic result for United against the odds. A patchwork defence was resolute- Evra was immense and it was admirable effort from Carrick and Fletcher. But Owen is the man of the moment as his hat-trick seals United's place at the top of the group. You have to feel sorry for Wolfsburg who looked the better side throughout.

  • 93'

    It's all over...Wolfsburg are out and United top the group.

  • 92'

    Obertan onside in a lot of space but he gives it away. Wolfsburg coming forward but it's futile.

  • 91'

    Wolfsburg absolutely crushed. They've played so well but it's been smash and grab from United.

  • 90'

    Wolfsburg 1-3 United. Unbelievable stuff! Wolfsburg have an amazing chance as incredibly no one can get onto Ziani's cross with seven white shirts waiting in the box. Fletcher clears it out to Obertan who releases Owen. Great pace by the England striker and he dinks it over the keeper to score this time in a one-on-one situation.

  • 90'

    GOAL! Owen

  • 89'

    Besiktas have equalised. Wolfsburg only need one goal and they will be through. But can they grab a dramatic equaliser of their own?

  • 88'

    Free-kick Wolfsburg from 30 yards out. It's on target but it's comfortable for Kuszczak.

  • 87'

    Owen's almost scored a hat-trick. A mistake in efence allowed him clean through one-on-one with the keeper but Benaglio did well to block.

  • 85'

    Obertan looking to make a name for himself - a real statement of intent.

  • 84'

    And Wolfsburg are dead and buried now surely, they need to score and hope that Besiktas also score.

  • 83'

    Wolfsburg 1-2 Man Utd. Fantastic individual skill by Obertan to get through three Wolfsburg players. He put the ball across to Owen who, slightly stretching, diverted it in. Excellent play by the young French winger.

  • 82'

    GOAL! Owen

  • 81'

    Misimovic sends in a left-foot cross and Dzeko gets onto it but he was always strecthing and his header drifts wide.

  • 80'

    Ten minutes for Wolfsburg to score two to keep their Champions League dream alive.

  • 80'

    United battling resolutely here to keep the score at 1-1, as Owen gets a rare touch of the ball.

  • 79'

    Great defending from Carrick, he cut across in front of Dejagah to divert the ball out for a corner.

  • 78'

    Dzeko had 15 shots in Wolfsburg's game with Freiburg at the weekend - and didn't even score.

  • 78'

    Gentner advances now and lays it off to Dzeko who skips inside Park, showing nimble footwork, but his shot doesn't trouble Kuszczak.

  • 77'

    Park playing right-back now as United have switched to 4-4-2 with Obertan on the left and Valencia on the right.

  • 76'

    Corner delivered and Costa heads over, definitely a half-chance but he couldn't get it on target.

  • 75'

    Dzeko effort saved by Kuszczak. Long ball in behind Park and he takes it on with his left foot as the ball drops over his shoulder. Solid stop.

  • 74'

    Ziani's a tricky little player for Wolfsburg. He will be one of Algeria's key men at the World Cup next summer.

  • 73'

    United sub: Valencia on for Welbeck and Obertan on for Nani.

  • 72'

    Just before that Wolfsburg effort United carved out an opening between Owen and Welbeck but they ended up getting ine each other's way.

  • 71'

    Wolfsburg sub: Dejagh on for Grafite

  • 71'

    Wolfsburg sub: Ziani on for Hasebe

  • 71'

    Cracking save from Kuszczak. Wolfsburg went from their end to United's in seconds and Grafite's toe poked effort from just inside the box was turned away by the United keeper.

  • 70'

    Attacking subs coming soon for Wolfsburg. They need two goals.

  • 69'

    Owen with some space as United win it back. He gives it to Welbeck but it's poor from the striker and he's easily outmuscled.

  • 68'

    Weak play by Park down the right and Wolfsburg break.

  • 68'

    Free-kick to United. Anderson fouled.

  • 67'

    Riether in so much space and he can take his pick of who to cross it too. But it's such a poor ball in the circumstances. Cleared.

  • 66'

    Misimovic and Riether combine well but the right-back didn't continue his run and wasn't on the same wavelength as the Bosnian playmaker.

  • 66'

    But he's come back on now. Panic over.

  • 65'

    He looks like he's hurt and he's walked off to the touchline.

  • 65'

    Misimovic shoots from distance and Nani's thrown himself in front of the ball to deflect it away. Excellent defending from the Portugese winger. I'm still pinching myself in disbelief.

  • 64'

    Dzeko whips in a cross but amazingly it's Scholes back inside his own box to control calmly on his chest and then hoof it out to safety.

  • 63'

    Gentner dinks it through to Dzeko who's offside. Grafite took it off him anyone and missed. Hasn't been a great night for the Brazilian so far.

  • 62'

    Grafite down the right and he crosses towards Dzeko. Carrick at the near post clears it away.

  • 61'

    Gibson has been a peripheral figure so far. Though I did say that about Owen and look what happened there!

  • 60'

    Dzeko down the right and he gets a cross in towards strike partner Grafite who can't turn the ball goalwards as he gets in front of Carrick at the near post.

  • 59'

    Very loose pass from Gibson and here come the Germans again.

  • 59'

    Scholes and Nani combining in midfield for United as they look to mount an attack for the first time in a while.

  • 58'

    Schafer tries an audacious effort from distance and it's blazed high and wide.

  • 57'

    Dzeko is a class act and that finish again shows why so many of Europe's top names are after the Wolfsburg striker.

  • 56'

    It's been all Wolfsburg and they're continuing the pressure here.

  • 56'

    As things stand, CSKA still going through.

  • 55'

    Wolfsburg 1-1 United. Schafer again down the left and his cross is met by Dzeko who makes no mistake with his header. That's how to finish.

  • 55'

    GOAL! Dzeko.

  • 54'

    Excellent work by Schafer on the overlap and he's through to the left edge of the box. Again the delivery is not quite up to scratch and Carrick cleans it up, after a bit of a dodgy touch initially.

  • 53'

    Another Wolfsburg corner, but again - delivery not quite good enough. The German champions are looking lively now.

  • 52'

    It comes in and Grafite almost gets onto it but it's booted away.

  • 52'

    Hasebe finds himself in space on the right of the box but his cross is poor witjh plenty waiting. Good positional play by Evra to divert it for a corner.

  • 51'

    Grafite's just been given offside but he was definitely on, close to the half-way line. Fletcher and Carrick tried to step ub but were too slow out. Not a great decision from the assistant.

  • 50'

    But United break forward again with Scholes. Nani down the left and he tries an outrageous flick to Welbeck that was never going to work.

  • 49'

    Grafite gets the ball down the left and shows good strength.

  • 48'

    Attack broken down by Fletcher.

  • 48'

    Nani runs onto a long ball and he shows some good skills before finding Scholes. The midifelder has a chance to shoot but instead tries to pass. Unusually he's mistimed that one badly and Wolfsburg can break.

  • 47'

    Wolfsburg continuing much the same as they did in the first-half. Keeping the ball well. Misimovic comes forward and dinks the ball in towards Dzeko but Kuszczak collects.

  • 46'

    You have to think that Wolfsburg will push everything forward, they are up against it and need to score two without reply if CSKA hold on.

  • 46'

    United kick-off and no subs as yet.

  • 45'

    And we're off for the second-half...

  • 45'

    Grab a cup of tea and I will see you in 15...

  • 45'

    Half-time: Wolfsburg 0-1 Man Utd. Owen's goal just before the interval gives United what is, frankly, an undeserved lead. But it was classic United, riding their luck before showing a ruthless edge in front of goal with their first clear cut opportunity of the match. Elsewhere, Bayern keeper Hans Jorg-Butt scored - no joke. It's 1-1 between Juve and Bayern in Turin.

  • 45'

    Half-time whistle goes.

  • 44'

    Against the run of play but Owen's shown the Wolfsburg players how to head a ball.

  • 43'

    Wolfsburg 0-1 United. Fantastic touch from Scholes in midfield who spread it to Nani. The Portugese winger cut onto his right, floated the ball in the area and it was a superb header from Owen into the bottom right corner.

  • 43'

    GOAL! Owen

  • 42'

    Stunning save. And worse news for Wolfsburg fans is that Krasic has given CSKA the lead against Besiktas.

  • 41'

    Hasebe with a thunderous strike from outside the box and it's a great save from Kuszczak to tip it over.

  • 40'

    Nani tries an outrageous 40 yard lob after Benaglio kicks it straight to him. It's just wide but a pretty decent effort from Nani. I know, I know, it just doesn't sound right.

  • 39'

    Free-kick United just inside the Wolfsburg half and they take it quickly. No urgency at all from Sir Alex Ferguson's side and the ball drifts throught to Benaglio in the Stuttgart goal.

  • 38'

    Just before that Fletcher made an excellent tackle as Dzeko looked to have got the bettr of him. Well recovered.

  • 37'

    Shot by Welbeck, good play from Owen (finally) but not for the first time in this game we've seen a shot dragged wide - on this occasion from just outside the penalty area.

  • 37'

    52% of possession so far for Wolfsburg - I thought it would have been more.

  • 36'

    Hospital pass from Owen but Fletcher wins it back and spares his blushes. Owen has been an anonymous figure in this first-half.

  • 35'

    Though the pitch doesn't look the best, the ball is moving quite well across the surface. Well, Wolsburg are moving it well.

  • 34'

    Dzeko with some space on the left edge of the box and he crosses in but Evra gets a desperate foot to it and clears the ball out.

  • 33'

    Finally United have a minute of sustained possession but...no, it's won back again.

  • 32'

    Cross in towards Grafite who has escaped his marker but he's offside and makes no attempt to get the ball. He knew it.

  • 31'

    Gentner advances agin for Wolfsburg. For all their posession they haven't created too much. Hasebe crossed it and Kuszczak punched it away with Dzeko ready to punce. Good work from the Polish keeper.

  • 30'

    GOAL! No...disallowed. Just as I say United are struggling going forward, they've put the ball in the back of the net. Anderson's through ball was buried by Welbeck but he was offside. Very very close though.

  • 28'

    United riding their luck a little bit so far. Wolfsburg have definitely been the better side, United have struggled massively going forward.

  • 28'

    Captain Gentner strides forward but Nani's won the ball for United. Again, though, the winger is dispossessed. Wolfsburg battled back well.

  • 27'

    Wolfsburg have it back and I've noticed Grafite hasn't been too involved thus far.

  • 26'

    Nani wins it well and here he comes. But it's poor from the Portugese winger and he's given it away.

  • 24'

    Shot from Dzeko. He controlled a long ball exquisitely, took it inside Park but it was a poor effort dragged wide.

  • 24'

    Anderson has it and he quickly gives it back to Nani who tries in vein to create something.

  • 23'

    But United break with Nani, who wins a throw-in down the left wing.

  • 22'

    Josue brings it out of defence and the Bundesliga champions happy to play keep ball.

  • 21'

    Another terrible miss for Wolfsburg. Free header for Misimovic. Naive defending (unsurprisingly) from Fletcher but he gets away with it as the Bosnian maestro fired over.

  • 20'

    Comes out to Gibson, 30 yards out and he tries his luck again. Wide and over. He can hit them.

  • 20'

    Free-kick United down the right wing after some neat footwork from Scholes. Taken quickly and United spread it left.

  • 19'

    Doesn't get it past the first man and it's out for a United throw.

  • 19'

    Anderson to take.

  • 18'

    Evra with a raking cross-field ball to park and the South Korean has won a corner.

  • 18'

    He was in acres and somehow headed over completely unmarked. Shocking defending from United.

  • 17'

    Cross comes in and Barzagli heads over. How did he miss it?

  • 17'

    Gentner brings it forward for Wolfsburg and he manufactures a shooting position. Deflected out by Evra for a corner.

  • 16'

    He gets the ball back and looks for Park who is in plenty of space. But that is because he's offside. By some way.

  • 16'

    United with a throw-in in an advanced position with Evra.

  • 15'

    No sign of a "Gibson special" there.

  • 15'

    Gibson finds himself in some space and tries his luck from 20 yards. Dragged wide.

  • 14'

    Misimovic seeing a lot of the ball and looking to make things happen.

  • 14'

    The Wolfsburg captain had free rein there to just run straight through United's makeshift defence.

  • 13'

    Sorry, he got NONE of the ball. Bad call by the ref.

  • 12'

    Corner to Wolfsburg but it should have been a penalty! Hasebe went down under the challenge of Carrick and he didn't get much of the ball.

  • 12'

    Why the English striker was asking for the ball there I have no idea.

  • 11'

    Gentner advances but Gibson picks his pocket. He plays it through to Welbeck but he is quite possibly more offside than I have seen a player in recent history.

  • 10'

    Misimovic looks to feed compatriot Dzeko but Evra reads in and intercepts.

  • 9'

    Anderson with an excellent cross to Welbeck who plucks it out the air with consumate ease. The ball rebounds to Nani who strikes it from distance but it's deflected into the grateful grasp of Benaglio.

  • 8'

    Scholes and Welbeck with a tidy piece of interplay but nothing comes of it.

  • 7'

    Wolfsburg content to pass it around. Riether involved now, and United are chasing shadows a little.

  • 7'

    Costa accelerates forward and it gives it to Dzeko down the right.

  • 7'

    Grafite with a powerful run forward and he lays it off to Misimovic who tries another from distance. Agian easy for Kuszczak.

  • 6'

    Nani accelerates down the left but he's tackled.

  • 5'

    Park and Nani wing-backs for United and the South Korean combines nicely with Gibson there - making his third successive start.

  • 5'

    Wolfsburg knocking it around well early on, keeping possession and just probing at United.

  • 4'

    The Germans will definitely be looking to use the wings and get the ball into the big Bosnian. obviously Carrick and Fletcher not so used to dealing with crosses.

  • 3'

    Excellent play by Wolfsburg down the left and the cross comes in but it's just above Dzeko.

  • 3'

    Scholes trying to dictate play in midfield, this is the first time he's played two consecutive games this season.

  • 2'

    Early shot from Grafite on the edge of the boc but it's no problem for Kuszczak.

  • 2'

    Welbeck offside.

  • 2'

    Good piece of defending from Evra early on, excellent strength against Grafite.

  • 1'

    United lining up three at the back to start. Evra, Carrick and Fletcher.

  • 1'

    The pitch is looking extremely boggy, tough conditions in Germany.

  • 1'

    And we're off...


    Just about ready for kick-off.


    He and Grafite plundered a hatful of goals last season. Bosnian midfielder Misimovic will certainly be a crucial player for Wolfsburg too. He is the creative influence in their midfield.


    Edin Dzeko is the dangerman for Wolfsburg. the Bosnian striker netted 30 goals in 33 games last season, an incredible return. He has 11 goals in 22 appearances so far this season.


    So, with United facing a shocking injury crisis, they line-up with thee midfielders playing at the back. Carrick and Fletcher play together at centre-back, Park plays right-back and Evra - United's only recongnised defender in the squad - takes up his usual left-back berth.


    Subs: Foster, Valencia, Obertan, Eikrem, James, Gill, Stewart.


    Man Utd: Kuszczak, Park, Fletcher, Carrick, Evra, Gibson, Scholes, Nani, Welbeck, Anderson, Owen.


    Subs: Lenz, Simunek, Ziani, Johnson, Madlung, Pekarik, Dejagah


    Wolfsburg: Benaglio, Schafer, Barzagli, Ricardo Costa, Riether, Josue, Gentner, Hasebe, Misimovic, Dzeko, Grafite


    Ten minutes till kick-off and the team news is in. Let's start with the German champions.


    Hello all and welcome to live coverage of a rather fractured-looking Manchester United's visit to Wolfsburg.