• Date: Tue 03 November 2009
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Ref: Benquerenca, O
  • Attendance: 73,718
Manchester United

Manchester United

Owen (29)

Scholes (84)

3 - 3
CSKA Moscow

CSKA Moscow

Dzagoyev (25)

Krasic (31)

Berezutsky, V (47)

Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow

Team Lineups

Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar
Gary Neville
Wes Brown
Jonny Evans, J
Da Silva Fabio (Patrice Evra, 59)
Luis Antonio Valencia
Darren Fletcher
Paul Scholes
Luis Carlos Nani (Wayne Rooney, 58)
Michael Owen
Federico Macheda (Gabriel Obertan, 82)

CSKA Moscow

Igor Akinfeev
Alexey Berezutsky, A
Vassily Berezutsky, V
Sergey Ignashevich
Georgy Shennikov
Milos Krasic
Deividas Semberas
Evgeniy Aldonin
Pavel Mamayev (Elvir Rahimic, 70)
Tomas Necid (Nika Piliev, 85)
Alan Dzagoyev (Daniel Carvalho da Silva, 72)

Match Report
Manchester United qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League but did it the hard way after a last-minute deflected goal from Luis Antonio Valencia salvaged a 3-3 draw with CSKA Moscow. United trailed for long periods in a match they needed to draw to ensure their progress from Group B and had looked like suffering their first European defeat at home since February 2005 during a below-par display. Sir Alex Ferguson had opted to shuffle his pack with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs missing through injury and Wayne Rooney on the bench following the arrival of his first child earlier in the day. That saw the likes of Federico Macheda, Wes Brown, Fabio, Michael Owen and Darren Fletcher come into the side and the changes seemed to have an effect as United were disjointed early on. Fletcher and Macheda had come close to opening the scoring inside the first 20 minutes before CSKA Moscow took a shock lead on 25 minutes. Alan Dzagoyev played a neat one-two to open up the defence before lashing a rising left-foot shot past Edwin van der Sar from an acute angle. United were back on level terms four minutes later when Nani inadvertently turned Valencia's hopeful cross into the path of Owen, who produced a composed finish from inside the six-yard box. However, Old Trafford fell into a hushed silence virtually from the restart when Milos Krasic raced on to Dzagoyev's chest down and rounded van der Sar before tucking away their second goal of the night. Shock turned into amazement two minutes into the second half when more lacklustre defending allowed Vassily Berezutsky to sneak in at the back post and squeeze home a header from what should have been a harmless free-kick. Ferguson's response was to send on Rooney and Patrice Evra but the veteran manager and his players were left seething on the hour-mark when Fletcher was clearly tripped in the box but the referee waved away their penalty appeals. To rub salt into the wounds the Scotland midfielder was then booked for diving by a Portuguese referee who had a poor night. United then found visiting keeper Igor Akinfeev - a reported transfer target - in their way as he turned away a 30-yard free-kick from Paul Scholes and then produced two stunning double saves. First he repelled a downward header from Owen before blocking Rooney's close-range follow up with an outstretched leg and then, after Macheda had rattled the upright with an eight-yard header, Rooney was again denied by the acrobatic keeper. However, United managed to reduce the deficit on 84 minutes when Scholes was left unmarked to head home a free-kick from close range. And the fightback was completed in the final minute when the unlucky Georgy Shennikov deflected a shot from Valencia which was heading well wide into his own net.
Live Text Commentary
Full time


Red Card

Obertan and Semberas are booked for an off-the-ball incident with the result a second booking and red card for the CSKA Moscow man and a caution for the United sub


Rooney cuts inside but lashes a hopeful shot high over the bar with the last chance of the game


MAN UTD 3-3 CSKA MOSCOW: Old Trafford erupts as VALENCIA'S shot deflects off Georgy Shennikov and wrong-foots his keeper to bring the scores in this amazing game level


Rooney makes a yard of space in the box but his shot is blocked superbly by Vassily Berezutsky


Four minutes will be added to this nail-biting match


This is real backs to the wall stuff from the Russian side now as United have the scent of a third goal and are throwing everyone forward

Yellow Card

Carvalho and Evans are involved in a spat for which the Brazilian is booked


Shennikov stays down after a Fletcher foul and CSKA are clearly trying to waste time as they look to close out a famous win


Old Trafford has finallly found its collective voice and a point would secure qualification for United


MAN UTD 2-3 CSKA MOSCOW: It's game on now as poor marking allows SCHOLES to head home a free-kick from close range


Akinfeev turns Scholes' 18-yard shot over the crossbar as CSKA continue to survive this onslaught


That's Macheda's last action as he makes way for Gabriel Obertan


Macheda rattles the upright with an eight-yard header and then Rooney is again denied by the acrobatic keeper with another stunning save. United are knocking at the door


Akinfeev turns away Owen's downward header then does superbly to turn away Rooney's close-range follow up with an outstretched leg. That was fabulous goalkeeping!


Neville and Brown send over quick-fire crosses but CSKA are surviving quite comfortably at the back as we enter the final 15 minutes

Yellow Card

Macheda is booked for a careless trip in midfield and it's fair to say the youngster has been poor tonight


Owen has been a peripheral figure at best in this second half, while Valencia has barely touched the ball


Daniel Carvalho replaces Alan Dzagoyev for CSKA


Elvir Rahimic comes on for Pavel Mamayev for the visitors


Brown charges out of defence with the ball and then lashes a long pass straight to the opposing keeper. The home fans don't like that!


Macheda almost plays in Rooney one-on-one but the pass is slightly over-hit. That's better from the home side though


United are on control of possession but there's no real sign of a goal in front of a subdued Old Trafford crowd


There is no real pace about United's attacking play and that is a real surprise as we move into the final 25 minutes


Rooney gets a glancing head to Neville's cross but it's not a clean contact and bounces well wide of the post


Akinfeev does well to turn Scholes' blockbuster of a 30-yard free-kick away with a low save down to his right


United are still lacking spark in the final third and time is beginning to tick away on this match


Fabio heads off and is replaced by Evra


Rooney does indeed come in with Nani making way


Nevills arrows in a dangerous cross but Macheda can't get enough on the ball to trouble the keeper

Yellow Card

Aldonin sees yellow for a crude hack at the legs of Scholes. That's usually the sort of tackle which the veteran United midfielder makes himself!


It's only a matter of time before we see Rooney as United need something special to get anything out of this match now

Yellow Card

Fletcher and United are outraged as he is clearly tripped in the box but the referee books him for diving. That is a terrible decision from the referee as it was a stonewall penalty


Wayne Rooney is already out warming up alongside Patrice Evra


MAN UTD 1-3 CSKA MOSCOW: Sir Alex Ferguson will be seething as Vassily Berezutsky is allowed to sneak in at the back post and squeeze home a header for a third goal. The defending there was a shambles!


The home side will have to play at a much higher tempo if they are to take anything from this game


United get the second half underway trailing by one goal

Half time



Scholes is given time and space 30 yards out but his rising effort is palmed away by the impressive Akinfeev


Macheda turns well on the edge of the box but fires a left-foot shot from 18 yards straight at the keeper who holds well


Full-back Georgy Shennikov is defending well against Valencia who just can't seem to make space for a cross despite seeing plenty of the ball in the first half


CSKA are finishing the half in control of this match and it is they who look like the home side just now


Dzagoyev and Krasic look a real handful for the United defence and Jonny Evans and Brown are being given a torrid evening so far


Brown meets a corner with a towering header which flies just wide but Nani is penalised for shirt tugging in the area and the whistle goes


Valencia lobs a hopeful ball forward to Macheda who can't control and United haven't found their fluent best in the attacking third so far


Sir Alex Ferguson looks far from happy on the home bench at the way the two goals have been given away and one senses a possible hair-dryer treatment at half-time


Again there is a hushed silence around Old Trafford as the Russian side's lead is scarcely deserved


MAN UTD 1-2 CSKA MOSCOW: MILOS KRASIC picks up a neat lay-off on the edge of the box and takes the ball around van der Sar before tucking away a stunning second for the visitors


MAN UTD 1-1 CSKA MOSCOW: Nani inadvertently turns Valencia's hopeful cross into the path of OWEN and he finds the bottom corner from close range with relative ease


There's a hush around this huge stadium now as that goal was certainly against the run of play


MAN UTD 0-1 CSKA MOSCOW: DZAGOYEV stuns Old Trafford as he plays a neat one two to open up the defence before lashing a rising left-foot shot past van der Sar from an acute angle inside the six-yard box

Yellow Card

Tomas Necid sees yellow for raising his elbow during an aerial challenge with Wes Brown


Macheda holds his head after turning his marker superbly only to guide a left-foot angled shot narrowly wide of the far post when a goal looked on the cards


It's all United just now as CSKA seem happy to sit back and soak up pressure before hitting the home side on the break


Owen gets the rub of the green as he wins back the ball in the box off a defensive ricochet but his shot on the stretch is straight at the keeper. That was another glorious chance to score


Evgeniy Aldonin earns a yard of space between the two central defenders but his low shot is straight at van der Sar


Fletcher in inches away from opening the scoring with a rasping shot from 20 yards which flies just wide of the mark with goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev well beaten


Darren Fletcher almost finds the run of Federico Macheda in behind the last defender as United continue to probe for an opening


Owen's movement has been exceptional so far tonight but he continues to struggle in front of goal


Valencia gets to the byline and cuts the ball back but Owen miscues his shot and a glorious chance goes begging. That was a superb move down the United right and Owen should have worked the keeper at least


Michael Owen wins a long ball forward but he and Nani and not on the same wavelength and a great chance for a United break goes begging


United are already dominating possession and this could be the pattern for the match


Sergey Ignashevich does well to chase back and block a shot from Luis Antonio Valencia before it troubles his keeper


Deividas Semberas is next to try his luck with a low 25-yard drive which flies just wide with the United keeper covering


Alan Dzagoyev drills an ambitious early shot high over Edwin van der Sar's goal in the first move of the match


CSKA kick-off this match on what looks like a lush and fast-running surface

Awaiting Kickoff

Sir Alex Ferguson is without injured defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic plus Ryan Giggs, while Wayne Rooney is only on the bench following the arrival of his first child earlier today

Awaiting Kickoff

United have won all three of their opening Group B games, with their last victory being a 1-0 success over tonightÂ’s opposition in Russia two weeks ago

Awaiting Kickoff

Manchester United take on CSKA Moscow tonight knowing that a victory will book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League