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CSKA Moscow   0 - 1   Man Utd

Antonio Valencia (right) earns Man Utd a win by powering in a shot late on against CSKA Moscow
Valencia (right) powers in a shot to give United victory

By Mandeep Sanghera

Manchester United put themselves on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League knockout phase with a win over CSKA Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Antonio Valencia earned the deserved victory late on when he angled in a strike at the far post after Dimitar Berbatov had flicked on a Nani cross.

Moments earlier, Valencia had smashed a shot against the crossbar.

The lively Nani had also gone close earlier on when his header was turned round the post by keeper Igor Akinfeev.

United were back at the scene of their 2008 Champions League final triumph over Chelsea when keeper Edwin van der Sar saved from Nicolas Anelka to secure a win on penalties.

That game had grass specially laid for it whereas the normal artificial surface was used on this occasion as a patient United notched their first win over a Russian side in Europe at the sixth attempt.

Despite CSKA being the more familiar with the so-called plastic pitch, United looked just as comfortable on the ball in what quickly developed into a cagey affair.

United were given a scare when centre-back Nemaja Vidic played his side into trouble and allowed Milos Krasic get in an 18-yard shot which he put over.

At the other end, Akinfeev was nearly caught out before managing to scramble a 30-yard Paul Scholes shot, which bounced in front of him, over his bar.

Gary Neville curled a left-foot shot narrowly high but, whether it was the pitch or defensive mindset of the teams, goalmouth chances were proving a rarity.

As much might have been expected considering, going into the tie, CSKA had won their last six matches at home in Europe while United were unbeaten in 13 away games in the Champions League.


However, Nani nearly changed the complexion of the match when he burst past Georgi Schennikov, although none of his team-mates took the gamble to get on the end of a cross he slid across the CSKA goalmouth.

Portuguese winger Nani looked the most likely to get the goal the game desperately needed and was only denied when Akinfeev dived low to his left to turn his header round the post.

CSKA - managed by former Sevilla, Tottenham and Real Madrid boss Juande Ramos - might have been the home side but showed little ambition, with United looking the more threatening as the game progressed.

Substitute Michael Owen missed a 10-yard volley from a Valencia cross before a lapse in concentration at the back by United was only rescued by the assistant referee's flag.

Krasic would have had a free shot on goal but was wrongly ruled offside.

A CSKA goal would have been unfair on the visitors and they heeded the warning as they produced a slick move involving several one-touch passes before Valencia saw a sweet strike come back off the crossbar.

Valencia made no mistake shortly afterwards when he scored the goal to reward a professional performance, leaving United commandingly top of Group B with three wins out of three.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
CSKA Moscow 0-1 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Valencia 86

    CSKA Moscow

    • 35 Akinfeev
    • 02 Semberas
    • 04 Ignashevich
    • 06 Berezutsky
    • 15 Odiah
    • 24 Berezutsky
    • 42 Shchennikov (Mamaev 62)
    • 10 Dzagoev
    • 17 Krasic
    • 25 Rahimic (Daniel Carvalho 90)
    • 89 Necid (Piliev 73)


    • 33 Pomazan,
    • 50 Grigoriev,
    • 07 Daniel Carvalho,
    • 11 Mamaev,
    • 22 Aldonin,
    • 23 Piliev,
    • 26 Oliseh

    Man Utd


    Ref: Bo LarsenAtt: 37,500


    • CSKA Moscow 39%
    • Man Utd 61%

    Attempts on target

    • CSKA Moscow 2
    • Man Utd 7

    Attempts off target

    • CSKA Moscow 3
    • Man Utd 6


    • CSKA Moscow 2
    • Man Utd 5


    • CSKA Moscow 7
    • Man Utd 6
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:05 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+3:35 Michael Carrick concedes a free kick for a foul on Deividas Semberas. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Alan Dzagoev, Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
    • 90:00+2:49 The official flags Antonio Valencia offside. Alexei Berezutsky restarts play with the free kick.
    • 89:52 Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Blocked by Sergei Ignashevich. Luis Nani takes a short corner. Michael Carrick takes a shot. Comfortable save by Igor Akinfeev.
    • 88:58 Substitution Elvir Rahimic goes off and da Silva Daniel Carvalho comes on.
    • 88:58 Oliveira Anderson decides to take the corner short.
    • 87:43 Substitution Fabio Da Silva leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Carrick.
    • 85:35 Assist by Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 85:35 GOAL - Antonio ValenciaCSKA Moscow 0 - 1 Man Utd Antonio Valencia scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. CSKA Moscow 0-1 Man Utd.
    • 83:07 Effort on goal by Dimitar Berbatov from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 81:35 Effort from 20 yards by Antonio Valencia.
    • 78:43 Milos Krasic is ruled offside. Edwin Van der Sar takes the indirect free kick.
    • 72:18 Substitution Nika Piliev replaces Tomas Necid.
    • 69:44 The ball is sent over by Oliveira Anderson.
    • 69:44 Substitution Paul Scholes goes off and Michael Owen comes on.
    • 69:44 Alexei Berezutsky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia.
    • 65:56 Oliveira Anderson takes a short corner.
    • 65:28 Corner taken short by Oliveira Anderson.
    • 63:30 Tomas Necid fouled by Fabio Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Dzagoev crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 61:11 Direct free kick taken by Gary Neville.
    • 61:11 Substitution Georgi Shchennikov leaves the field to be replaced by Pavel Mamaev.
    • 61:11 Alexei Berezutsky challenges Antonio Valencia unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 60:10 Fabio Da Silva takes a shot. Save by Igor Akinfeev.
    • 59:35 Luis Nani takes a shot. Fantastic save by Igor Akinfeev.
    • Correction - 56:33 Direct free kick taken by Deividas Semberas. Sergei Ignashevich takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in.
    • Correction - 56:33 Substitution Rio Ferdinand goes off and Wes Brown comes on.
    • 56:33 Free kick taken by Deividas Semberas. Shot by Deividas Semberas. John O'Shea gets a block in.
    • 56:33 Substitution Rio Ferdinand leaves the field to be replaced by Wes Brown.
    • 56:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scholes on Tomas Necid.
    • 55:10 Luis Nani takes a shot. Igor Akinfeev makes a comfortable save.
    • 54:32 The assistant referee signals for offside against Antonio Valencia. Indirect free kick taken by Alexei Berezutsky.
    • 53:46 The referee blows for offside against Alan Dzagoev. Indirect free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 53:24 Igor Akinfeev takes the free kick.
    • 53:24 Booking Dimitar Berbatov is booked.
    • 51:10 Foul by Luis Nani on Chidi Odiah, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chidi Odiah.
    • 49:36 Effort from just outside the box by Deividas Semberas goes over the bar.
    • 49:04 Fabio Da Silva is caught offside. Chidi Odiah takes the free kick.
    • 48:33 Tomas Necid takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
    • 48:15 Shot from inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov clears the bar.
    • 47:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Georgi Shchennikov on Luis Nani. Direct free kick taken by Luis Nani.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:09 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 40:50 Foul by Fabio Da Silva on Tomas Necid, free kick awarded. Alan Dzagoev takes the direct free kick. Corner taken by Alan Dzagoev from the right by-line, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
    • 37:47 Gary Neville takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 28:14 Tomas Necid takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
    • 24:54 Paul Scholes takes a shot. Igor Akinfeev makes a save. Luis Nani decides to take a short corner. The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Nani. Free kick taken by Igor Akinfeev.
    • 23:00 Luis Nani fouled by Sergei Ignashevich, the ref awards a free kick. Oliveira Anderson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Igor Akinfeev makes a comfortable save.
    • 19:56 Foul by Alexei Berezutsky on Antonio Valencia, free kick awarded. Gary Neville takes the free kick.
    • 16:56 Oliveira Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Chidi Odiah. Direct free kick taken by Vasili Berezutsky.
    • 12:40 Milos Krasic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabio Da Silva. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Oliveira Anderson from left channel.
    • 7:14 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Milos Krasic from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 4:40 Shot from just outside the box by Milos Krasic misses to the left of the goal.
    • 3:47 Antonio Valencia is ruled offside. Igor Akinfeev restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:17 Shot from just outside the box by Luis Nani goes over the bar.
    • 0:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chidi Odiah on Oliveira Anderson. Luis Nani delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    21 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

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