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24 July 2009 02:16
Welcome to Seoul's World Cup Stadium on another hot and steamy night in South Korea.

It's always a bit bonkers when Manchester United play here and tonight is no exception.

United starting XI to face FC Seoul (4-4-2) Kuszczak; O'Shea, Brown, Ferdinand, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs; Rooney, Macheda.

The ground is full to its 80,000 capacity and you can bet there will be a bigger roar if United score than if the home team manage to squeeze one past Tomasz Kuszczak in the visitors' goal.

Sadly for the Koreans, their favourite son Ji-Sung Park is only on the substitutes' bencg after only joining up with the United party on Wednesday.

There are bound to be lots of changes in the United team as the night wears on.

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FIRST HALFJust short of 25 minutes gone here and all the predictable things have happened.

United have had most of the possession, Park has been cheeredhysterically every time he has appeared on the big screen and some ofthe crowd have cheered at times when nothing has been happening at all.

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GOAL! But what we didn't expect was a goal for Seoul.

Koh Myong Jin had already warned United of his team's capabilitiesin the ninth minute with a low drive that Kuszczak held low to his rightwhen the home side scored 15 minutes later.

A cross from the right from Kim Seung Yong was decent enough butshould really have been intercepted by Wes Brown. For some reason,though, Brown chose to leave the ball and Montenegran striker DejanDamjanovic stole in to score on the volley from eight yards.

United have tried to hit back since and Federico Macheda has just brought a save from Kim Ho Jun with a shot at the near post.

There are 15 minutes to go before half-time.

GOAL! I should have waited a minute before I sent that last update. Almost immediately United equalised.

Level terms: Rooney (L) is mobbed by his United team-mates after his equaliser

A cross from John O'Shea on the right was allowed to reach WayneRooney (right) and he scored with a nod of his head, even if replays appearedto suggest the ball took its final touch off his left shoulder.

Head boy: Rooney finds space between the Seoul defence to score for the visitors

1-1 now. Eleven minutes to the break.

GOAL! Right on the stroke of half-time United go into the break trailing 2-1 after Damjanovic punishes the visitors for a second time today with a neat finish.

 HALF-TIMEIt's half-time here and it's 2-1 to FC Seoul.

Damjanovic has caused the United defence problems all night - with Brown looking particularly uncomfortable - and the big number ten has just scored again.

Brown did manage to block one shot from Damjanovic in the 41st minute - albeit with his backside - and then Kuszczak dropped to his knees to save a long range effort.

United had no answer in first half injury time as the centre forward ran on to a pass inside Patrice Evra and lifted the ball expertly over Kuszczak as the Polish 'keeper advanced to narrow the angle.

Time for Fergie's first decent team-talk of pre-season.

 SECOND HALFThe second half has started and United have made two changes at the interval. Edwin van der Sar is on for Kuszczak and Darron Gibson is on for Darren Fletcher.

GOAL! United have struck back here and Macheda has got the goal - his second of the tour.

Rooney picked out his run in the 58th munute and the young Italian showed great composure to round the goalkeeper and score with his left foot.

Mach 2: The young Italian celebrates after scoring his second goal on the club's tour of Asia with a second half strike to restore level terms in Seoul

He really did take it well and it looks like it could be his last action of the game. 

Sharp shooter: Macheda took his goal well and was soon replaced for a reprieve

Macheda, Ryan Giggs and Rooney are all coming off now on the hour and Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen are all on.

And now there's another - Nani for Anderson.

Owen got an enormous cheer. Still nothing to what will happen if Park comes on, though.

It's 2-2 and there is half an hour left.

GOAL! It looks as though United have decided they don't want to lose this game. They are 3-2 up now. Owen crossed from the right and Berbatov scored with a header.

Three United strikers have scored now tonight. Not a bad omen for those who have decided there is no life after Ronaldo. There are 21 minutes to go here.

Owen has just hit the post from Gibson's cross and Park is on now.

His every touch is being cheered like a goal - it's just a shame that his first one crossed the ball from one side of the pitch and off the other side. Doh!

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Source: Daily_Mail

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