• Date: Tue 05 March 2013
  • Kick-off: 19:45
  • Venue:

Manchester United vs Real Madrid

Possession Stats


Form Guide -

Manchester United

Real Madrid

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United had looked more threatening up until the Nani sending off and Real were beginning to look a little ragged. It was near-on impossible for the ten men of United to survive against the wealth of attacking talent Real possess. Such a shame all the focus is on the official.


Ronaldo is looking threatening, he tries to deceive De Gea by shooting when it looked like he would cross. Decent save.


Ramos missed the ball as Young goes down in the area and that could easily have been a penalty.


Another incredible save from Lopez! Vidic bullets a header on goal from a corner and the keeper flies across to parry clear.


De Gea denies Ronaldo with a good low save and United come again....


Five added minutes.....


Kaka almost scores as his cross flicks off Vidic, then RVP bumps into Diego Lopez as a long ball comes over the top. The keeper gets up, throws the ball out of play, then collapses. That is embarrassing.


Ronaldo very nearly grabs another, cutting inside and getting a shot off. De Gea anticipates well.


A valiant rearguard action from United - both of those chances were of the golden variety.


Real happy to sit deeper now and repel United. Gaps evident at the back.


More changes approaching for United.


If United can just grab one in the next ten minutes they can give themselves a sniff.


I think there is a genuine chance the Turkish referee will have to be escorted off the field by the police at the end of this game. Ferguson looks absolutely livid.


Its like the air has been sucked out of Old Trafford. They know this is now an almost impossible cause and they know a referee has altered this game definitively.


Two goals needed without reply from ten men with 20 minutes remaining. A tough ask.


Higuain fires in a low cross, Ronaldo slides in at the back post and finishes with a lunging boot. No celebration, almost an apology. This game has turned around completely.


A thumper from Modric as he works space outside the area past Carrick. A fantastic hit that clips the inside of the post and nestles in the opposite corner.


Modric fires a low cross in from a short corner and it somehow ricochets clear. Real simply have to score soon if they carry on like this. United have no out ball.


Superb from Rafael! He blocks off Varane as a corner fell loose in the box. Another corner, this time cleared by Vidic.


Intense Real pressure now as United try to regroup.


What a ball in from Higuain. Right across the edge of the six-yard box in between keeper and defender but no green shirt attacked it. They should have done.


Still, Ronaldo struggles to find a way into the game.


A sustained period of pressure brings a goal as Rafael drives into the box, Welbeck controls and the ball goes to RVP, his shot is blocked and as Nani crosses low Ramos sticks out a leg and diverts it past Lopez.


Giggs does well to keep pace with Ronaldo as the winger gets down the left. He looks for Kaka but Vidic covers.


We begin again. The first half was intriguing, the second should be explosive....


A lull in proceedings. Kaka still not on.


Di Maria heads straight down the tunnel and Kaka is readying himself.


A vital tackle from Varane as Giggs finds Welbeck. He was the last man. Giggs made his united debut before Varane was born.


Dortmund have taken the lead in Germany against Shakhtar, a Santana header from a corner. 3-2 on aggregate to the Germans.


Now at the other end an Arbeloa cross is taken well by Higuain and Carrick blocks his low cross out for a corner. Ronaldo was lurking.


Very nearly a sublime ball into RVP from Cleverley but Ramos read it well.


Di Maria wins a corner as he finds space on the left - Rafael comes across to block.


A chance for Ronaldo as he is found over the top - perhaps he should have taken the ball first time, he chose to control and his shot was blocked.


A rare touch for Alonso as Welbeck tracks him all over the field when Real have the ball.


Neat feet from Coentrao and a handy dive to win a free kick from Cleverley.


Good from Welbeck as he races away, his shot is blocked by Ramos. Nice touch from RVP to set him away.


A poor ball from Arbeloa to Khedira, Evra shields it and is fouled for his trouble.


United are on top now after that slow start. Less possession but much more threat about them in the final third.


Superb work from Giggs who shields the ball from Coentrao, then tries to beat him, then wins a corner. Brilliant.


Lovely one-two between Welbeck and Nani as the Portuguese wins a corner.


Welbeck has definitely been told to drop onto Alonso, that means Khedira is getting far more of the ball.


That cross from Giggs was pretty sexy. Life begins at 39.


The corner comes to nothing as Cleverley wastes possession from the clearing header. Looks like his amateur dramatics were completely unnecessary.


First big chance of the game as Di Maria and Ozil work well to feed Higuain, who manages to fashion a shooting chance but fires wide of the post when he should have hit the target.


Cleverley goes down under a challenge from Ronaldo and signals to the bench straight away. No blame attached to Ronaldo. Cleverley is up and hobbling. Why do players do that?


As Real regroup Alonso fires the ball to Ozil unmarked at the back post but his half hearted attempt to keep the ball in was never going to work.


Ozil swings the ball wide left to Di Maria, who took his time to cross when he should have centred it sooner. Corner is the result, cleared at the near post by RVP.


Giggs upends Coentrao with a sliding tackle. Free kick left side of the area for Real.


It was an ironic boo - his name was greeted with stupendous noise as the teams were read out. Evra tries to look for Nani over the top but Lopez is out to collect.