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  • Date:2010-04-17
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:City of Manchester Stadium
  • Attendance:47019
  • Referee:Atkinson, M

Live Commentary


Full-Time: MAN CITY 0-1 MAN UTD.


MAN CITY 0-1 MAN UTD, SCHOLES heads home from Evra's cross to snatch a dramatic winner.


Bridge shoots straight into the hands of Van der Sar.


There will be three minutes of added time.


Nani hoists the ball into the area but Giggs is unable to get his head on the ball.


Bridge breaks forward but his cross is overhit.


United scramble the ball away after a mistake by Van der Saar.


Tevez's free kick is flicked on but Nedum Onuoha can't get a meanigful header on the ball.


Gary Neville's cross is headed just past the post by Berbatov.


Valencia is replaced by Gabriel Obertan for United.


Ireland replaces de Jong for City.


Nani fires wide of the target.


Evra is booked for a challenge on Wright-Phillips.


De Jong's drilled effort is saved by Van der Saar.


Shaun Wright-Phillips replaces Adebayor for City.


Dimitar Berbatov replaces Rooney for United.


Given is off his line quickly with Giggs threatening.


Nani's shot from Giggs' low cross is wide of Given's goal.


Evra's shot across the face of goal is close.


Bellamy's free kick 10 yards from the edge of the area is headed away by Evans.


Patrick Vieira replaces Johnson for City.


Giggs' corner is headed away by Adebayor.


United are pushing forward at the moment, stretching the City defence.


Luis Carlos Nani replaces Gibson.


City break forward but Bellamy's left-foot drive is wide of the upright.


Johnson is booked for a pull back.


Scholes' looping header from Fletcher's cross is over the bar.


Kompany is booked for a challenge on Rooney.


Giggs' low free kick is cleared away by De Jong.


City are awarded a free kick for Evans' challenge on Adebayor.


Craig Bellamy's corner fails to beat the first man.


Kolo Toure makes an important header to clear Giggs' dangerous cross.


The second half is underway.


United were the better side in the first half but could not find the back of the net.


Giggs misses from close range. He should have hit the back of the net.


Scholes telegraphs his pass and Kompany intercepts.


Rooney fires wide with a left-foot shot. He would have felt he should have hit the target.


Bellamy's corner is headed away by Evra.


Emmanuel Adebayor is receiving treatment after picking up a knock.


De Jong is having a good game. He has been the best City player so far.


Gareth Barry's strike is blocked by Jonny Evans.


Evra makes a good challenge to halt Adam Johnson's progress.


Fletcher's pass is poor as goes straight to Bellamy.


Craig Bellamy drives the ball across the area but there is no City player on hand to profit.


Ryan Giggs' curling free kick is comfortably saved by Shay Given.


Darron Gibson's left-foot shot is blocked by Vincent Kompany.


Fletcher's ball forward is intercepted by Nedum Onuoha.


This derby is being played at a frantic pace.


Rooney is lucky to escape a yellow card after a challenge on De Jong.


Roque Santa Cruz looks to be warming up for City. Are they going to be forced into an early change?


Paul Scholes drags his right foot shot wide from 22 yards.


Jonny Evans makes a challenge to halt Emmanuel Adebayor's progress.


Edwin van der Sar makes an excellent save from Carlos Tevez's curling free kick.


United have made the better start to this game. City look nervous.


Darren Fletcher's volley is inches wide of the target.


Wayne Rooney's downward header is blocked by Nigel de Jong before being cleared.


Patrice Evra clears with Carlos Tevez threatening.


Martin Atkinson gets this eagerly awaited Manchester derby underway.


Stephen Ireland is on the bench for City following injury.


Wayne Bridge starts for City after recovering from a hernia operation.


Ryan Giggs starts for United after shaking off a hamstring injury.


Rio Ferdinand misses out with a groin injury. Jonny Evans takes his place.

Match Preview

This match promises to be one of the most keenly contested Manchester derbies in recent memory, with City closing in on their target of fourth place and United desperate to stay in the title race behind favourites Chelsea.

A win for either side will heavily disrupt their local rival's hopes so the tension and pressure is sure to be at fever pitch.

One man who has been there and done it all before is United's Ryan Giggs who incredibly has appeared in all 28 Mancunian league derbies played since making his debut in one in May 1991. Despite his advancing years, he still loves playing against City, having scored one and assisted four times against them already this season.

Recent clashes between the sides suggest a low-scoring game, with the last three derby matches at Eastlands ending 1-0, two of them to United. In fact City have lost their last three Premier League derbies overall, including the roller-coaster match at Old Trafford earlier this season that ended 4-3.

Roberto Mancini could have Steven Ireland back in the squad for this game, while there is an outside chance that Martin Petrov and Wayne Bridge could have recovered from knee and groin injuries respectively.

The form of young winger Adam Johnson, though, means that wideman Petrov's return is not vital. Johnson has created four goals in April already and could yet force his way into the England reckoning ahead of the World Cup. A decent display against Manchester United could only help his cause.

United's injury news for this game is destined to revolve around whether Wayne Rooney will recover from his recent ankle problem in time to face City.

Like Paul Scholes, Rooney has also scored four Premier League goals in Manchester derbies and his return to the side would be a huge boost. In games this season with Rooney in the side, United have scored at a rate of 2.38 per match, but this falls to just 1.60 per game without the talismanic forward.

City supremo Mancini has welcomed the possibility of Rooney returning, noting: "I think it is better if Rooney plays on Saturday.


Match Report

Manchester United kept their Premier League title hopes alive as Paul Scholes headed home a dramatic last-gasp winner to secure a 1-0 derby victory over City at Eastlands.

Patrice Evra's left-wing cross was headed past Shay Given by veteran Scholes with less than a minute of the allotted three minutes of added time to play.

Referee Martin Atkinson, who had taken charge of the reverse fixture at Old Trafford last September and controversially played over six minutes of added time when only four were indicated by fourth official Alan Wiley, was a late replacement for Steve Bennett after Bennett found himself marooned in Romania at a referee's conference after the Icelandic volcanic eruption disrupted European air traffic.

Thankfully there was little controversy to discuss in a scrappy game which was more about returning players and missing players than refereeing decisions.

Dimitar Berbatov, Nani, Federico Macheda, Rio Ferdinand, and John O'Shea missed out for United, while Evra, Johnny Evans, Darron Gibson, and Darren Fletcher all came in, along with Wayne Rooney.

Rooney looked short of match fitness after his return from an ankle injury, but the visitors still edged the first half on attempts on goal.

Antonio Valencia was the chief architect of several United chances as he seemed to have the beating of Wayne Bridge, who was himself returning from a lay-off after a hernia operation.

Two late chances laid on by Valencia were wasted by first Rooney and then Giggs as City failed to take control of midfield and their three forwards, including an overawed Adam Johnson, rarely tested Edwin Van der Sar and failed to profit from the possession they had.

United didn't seem to be missing the injured Rio Ferdinand, while City's best first-half chance came from a Carlos Tevez free-kick which forced Van der Sar into an acrobatic save as it sailed towards the top corner.

Second-half chances for Bellamy and Nigel De Jong went to waste as City tried to raise their game, but a pair of gilt-edged chances for Nedum Onuoha and Tevez during a goalmouth scramble six minutes from time were repelled by Nemanja Vidic within the six-yard area.

Meanwhile Bridge could only force a comfortable save in the closing minutes before Scholes struck the hammer blow.

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