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

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

Bridge shoots straight into the hands of Van der Sar.

90mins

There will be three minutes of added time.

88mins

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

87mins

Bridge breaks forward but his cross is overhit.

85mins

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

84mins

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

82mins

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

80mins

Valencia is replaced by Gabriel Obertan for United.

78mins

Ireland replaces de Jong for City.

78mins

Nani fires wide of the target.

76mins

Evra is booked for a challenge on Wright-Phillips.

76mins

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

74mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips replaces Adebayor for City.

74mins

Dimitar Berbatov replaces Rooney for United.

73mins

Given is off his line quickly with Giggs threatening.

72mins

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

70mins

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

67mins

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

65mins

Patrick Vieira replaces Johnson for City.

63mins

Giggs' corner is headed away by Adebayor.

61mins

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

59mins

Luis Carlos Nani replaces Gibson.

58mins

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

57mins

Johnson is booked for a pull back.

55mins

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

54mins

Kompany is booked for a challenge on Rooney.

53mins

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

51mins

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

49mins

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

47mins

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

45mins

The second half is underway.

45mins

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

44mins

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

42mins

Scholes telegraphs his pass and Kompany intercepts.

40mins

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

38mins

Bellamy's corner is headed away by Evra.

36mins

Emmanuel Adebayor is receiving treatment after picking up a knock.

34mins

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

32mins

Gareth Barry's strike is blocked by Jonny Evans.

30mins

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

28mins

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

26mins

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

24mins

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

21mins

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

20mins

Fletcher's ball forward is intercepted by Nedum Onuoha.

18mins

This derby is being played at a frantic pace.

16mins

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

14mins

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

13mins

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

12mins

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

10mins

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

8mins

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

6mins

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

4mins

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

2mins

Patrice Evra clears with Carlos Tevez threatening.

0mins

Martin Atkinson gets this eagerly awaited Manchester derby underway.

0mins

Stephen Ireland is on the bench for City following injury.

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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.

Manchester City

Manchester United

Corners

75

Fouls

812

Goal attempts

712

Shots off target

39

Offsides

23

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