United trailed Russian underdogs CSKA Moscow 3-1 when Rooney, who had become a dad only a day earlier, was sent on with half an hour left. He inspired United as Paul Scholes and Antonio Valencia scored to force a 3-3 draw.
Enlarge Not this time: United's inspiration Wayne Rooney has a shot saved by CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'He had not had much sleep and I would have preferred to have left him on the bench. His energy and confidence were very high.'
Big hand: Despite defensive deficiencies, Sir Alex Ferguson saw his side battle back to secure their place in the last 16
Didier Drogba scored in the 82nd and 86th minute as Chelsea came from behind atAtletico Madrid. Sergio Aguero's second goal of the game forced a 2-2 draw, but that was still enough to put Chelsea in the last 16 as well.
Welcome back: After his Champions League ban, Drogba fired two goals to send Chelsea into the knockout stages
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