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Manchester United v Manchester City: Carlos Tevez makes point with United back on top
Published : 10 May 2009 15:33:24
Ronaldo produced superb free-kick to put United in front against Manchester City. But that 18th-minute strike was overshadowed by Tevez's effort, the South American racing to the dug-outs and cupping his ears listening to the celebrations after claiming this morning that his future will be away from Old Trafford. United started the better of the two sides and Tevez let fly with a long-range effort, that did not really test Shay Given, but brought the first 'Argentina' chant from the home supporters. City had a chance of their own to take the lead when Elano exchanged passes with Stephen Ireland, then fellow countryman Robinho, before breaking into the United box, only to miscue his shot, which rolled disappointingly wide. With quarter of an hour gone, Richard Dunne went straight through the back of Dimitar Berbatov to win the ball, although referee Chris Foy ruled the City skipper had fouled his opponent, much to the frustration of Mark Hughes. A couple of minutes later, Ireland was the man complaining when Berbatov went down again, with City really having something to moan about from Ronaldo's free-kick. The distance of around 30 yards was small by the world player of the year's recent standards. And he duly strode up with confidence and fired into the corner, Given wrong-footed by the merest flick off Nigel de Jong. City were having plenty of possession without managing to threaten the home goal. Wayne Bridge curled over a shot from the left flank but Nemanja Vidic headed clear, then Robinho fired wide after shrugging Rafael da Silva off the ball. Play quickly switched to the other end, though, and a piece of impudence from Patrice Evra offered Tevez the chance to run into space and curl a shot towards the City goal which came crashing back off the angle of post and crossbar. Berbatov was certainly in the wars and Vincent Kompany launched a barrage of abuse at the Bulgarian after the pair had clashed on the edge of City's box. Then a minute from the break, Darren Fletcher's long ball was neatly controlled by Berbatov. His square pass found Tevez, whose precision shot bounced in off the post. City needed a break and it should have arrived when Elano picked out Robinho with a deft right-wing cross. The £32.5million striker had again got ahead of Rafael and seemed destined to test Edwin Van der Sar, only to inexplicably fire well wide. Micah Richards brought a decent low save out of Van der Sar with an angled drive, then, before Felipe Caicedo could get back on the pitch after receiving treatment for a knock sustained on the edge of the box, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney were introduced for Park Ji-sun and Ronaldo. Ronaldo did not look too impressed at the decision and was still shaking his head long after he had taken his place in the home dug-out. The exit of Robinho in the final minute came immediately after Dunne had made a last-ditch tackle to deny Scholes. Fletcher rose to meet the corner, only for Tevez to strike the post with his header as he dived in and made contact less than half a yard out.