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  • Date:04 May 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Old Trafford
  • Attendance:74,687
( agg 6 - 1 )
  • Valencia (25) Gibson (30)
    Anderson (71)
    Anderson (75)
  • Jurado (34)
Goal!

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93mins

Centre by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

92mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Patrice Evra misses to the right of the goal.

92mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Antonio Valencia.

91mins

Michael Owen takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Neuer.

91mins

Patrice Evra produces a cross, Sergio Escudero manages to make a clearance.

90mins

Goncalves Edu has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

88mins

Gonzalez Raul decides to take a short corner.

87mins

Corner taken by Gonzalez Raul.

87mins

Julian Draxler takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.

86mins

Foul by Patrice Evra on Goncalves Edu, free kick awarded. Goncalves Edu takes the direct free kick.

86mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Nani. Free kick taken by Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

85mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Owen by Goncalves Edu. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.

84mins

Corner taken by Gonzalez Raul from the right by-line to the near post, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

83mins

Atsuto Uchida takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Oliveira Anderson makes a clearance.

83mins

The ball is swung over by Atsuto Uchida, clearance by Jonathan Evans.

82mins

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is caught offside. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.

82mins

Goncalves Edu takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.

81mins

Antonio Valencia produces a cross.

80mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jose Manuel Jurado, Foul by Kyriakos Papadopoulos on Chris Smalling, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

79mins

Goncalves Edu takes a shot. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.

79mins

Michael Owen is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Manuel Jurado takes the direct free kick.

78mins

Foul by Jonathan Evans on Goncalves Edu, free kick awarded. Julian Draxler restarts play with the free kick.

78mins

Michael Owen is caught offside. Christoph Metzelder takes the free kick.

77mins

Michael Owen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dimitar Berbatov.

77mins

Goncalves Edu produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.

76mins

Goal scored by Oliveira Anderson from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 4 (6)-(1) 1 Schalke 04.Assist on the goal came from Dimitar Berbatov.

75mins

Joel Matip joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jefferson Farfan.

73mins

Darren Fletcher joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Scholes.

72mins

Oliveira Anderson finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 3 (5)-(1) 1 Schalke 04.The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.

71mins

Unfair challenge on Gonzalez Raul by Oliveira Anderson results in a free kick. Gonzalez Raul takes the direct free kick.

71mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Smalling. Manuel Neuer takes the direct free kick.

70mins

Luis Nani takes a short corner.

69mins

Benedikt Howedes leaves the field to be replaced by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Antonio Valencia takes a short corner.

67mins

Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Goncalves Edu results in a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.

64mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jefferson Farfan.

64mins

Centre by Goncalves Edu, Chris Smalling gets a block in.

63mins

The referee blows for offside against Gonzalez Raul. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.

61mins

Goncalves Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Evans. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.

61mins

Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Manuel Neuer makes a save.

59mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Julian Draxler on Rafael Da Silva. Rafael Da Silva leaves the field to be replaced by Patrice Evra. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.

58mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergio Escudero on Paul Scholes. Sergio Escudero receives a yellow card. Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.

56mins

Corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson, Dimitar Berbatov challenges Sergio Escudero unfairly and gives away a free kick. Manuel Neuer takes the free kick.

55mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Antonio Valencia.

55mins

Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Neuer.

54mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Nani. Manuel Neuer takes the free kick.

54mins

Corner taken by Antonio Valencia.

54mins

John O'Shea produces a cross, Sergio Escudero manages to make a clearance.

53mins

Rafael Da Silva fouled by Goncalves Edu, the ref awards a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.

52mins

The referee blows for offside. Manuel Neuer takes the free kick.

52mins

Antonio Valencia takes a short corner.

51mins

Gonzalez Raul decides to take a short corner.

51mins

Short corner worked by Jefferson Farfan.

51mins

Jefferson Farfan takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Evans.

48mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Goncalves Edu by Jonathan Evans. Jefferson Farfan has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Paul Scholes.

47mins

Jefferson Farfan crosses the ball, clearance made by Chris Smalling.

46mins

Goncalves Edu comes on in place of Alexander Baumjohann.

45mins

Rafael Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Manuel Jurado. Gonzalez Raul delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a clearance.

42mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Baumjohann by Oliveira Anderson. Oliveira Anderson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Jose Manuel Jurado restarts play with the free kick.

40mins

The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia, Atsuto Uchida makes a clearance.

39mins

Jose Manuel Jurado takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Oliveira Anderson.

36mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darron Gibson on Sergio Escudero. Darron Gibson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Paul Scholes goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Shot comes in from Jefferson Farfan from the free kick, blocked by Antonio Valencia.

35mins

Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Blocked by Benedikt Howedes.

35mins

Jose Manuel Jurado fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2 (4)-(1) 1 Schalke 04.

33mins

Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Manuel Neuer.

31mins

Darron Gibson finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2 (4)-(0) 0 Schalke 04.The assist for the goal came from Antonio Valencia.

30mins

Alexander Baumjohann fouled by John O'Shea, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Atsuto Uchida.

29mins

Jose Manuel Jurado produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

28mins

The ball is delivered by Atsuto Uchida, clearance made by Chris Smalling.

27mins

Gonzalez Raul takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.

26mins

A goal is scored by Antonio Valencia from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1 (3)-(0) 0 Schalke 04.Assist on the goal came from Darron Gibson.

25mins

Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line played to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Chris Smalling goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

23mins

Unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by Kyriakos Papadopoulos results in a free kick. Rafael Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.

23mins

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans by Alexander Baumjohann results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darron Gibson.

22mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luis Nani, save by Manuel Neuer.

21mins

Unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia by Julian Draxler results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Luis Nani.

18mins

The ball is swung over by Oliveira Anderson, Manuel Neuer makes a comfortable save.

16mins

Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post, Manuel Neuer fouled by Antonio Valencia, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Neuer restarts play with the free kick.

15mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson by Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.

15mins

Atsuto Uchida concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.

14mins

Short corner taken by Jefferson Farfan.

14mins

Jose Manuel Jurado delivers the ball, clearance made by Rafael Da Silva.

13mins

Dimitar Berbatov delivers the ball, Manuel Neuer makes a save.

10mins

Dimitar Berbatov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Benedikt Howedes takes the free kick.

10mins

Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Benedikt Howedes. Atsuto Uchida takes the direct free kick.

9mins

Centre by Rafael Da Silva, save by Manuel Neuer.

8mins

Alexander Baumjohann concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Da Silva. Rafael Da Silva takes the free kick.

8mins

Shot from outside the area by Jefferson Farfan misses to the left of the target.

6mins

Dimitar Berbatov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Benedikt Howedes takes the free kick.

5mins

Antonio Valencia decides to take the corner short.

5mins

A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, clearance made by Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

4mins

Unfair challenge on Paul Scholes by Julian Draxler results in a free kick. Chris Smalling takes the free kick.

3mins

Sergio Escudero sends in a cross, Chris Smalling makes a clearance.

2mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Jose Manuel Jurado. Benedikt Howedes takes the direct free kick.

2mins

Outswinging corner taken by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line played to the near post.

1mins

Foul by Kyriakos Papadopoulos on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. Paul Scholes takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick has dismissed the visa red tape wrangle which caused the Champions League semi-finalists a two-hour delay in Dusseldorf.

When the German side arrived to catch their flight to Manchester ahead of Wednesday's semi-final second leg with United at Old Trafford, they discovered visas for five of their players, including Jefferson Farfan, Edu and Atsuto Uchida, had not been issued.

No immediate reason was given for the delay, although it was suggested two Bank Holidays around the May Day weekend, including one for the Royal Wedding last Friday, might have meant problems processing the application. The visas were eventually issued, with Rangnick making light of the eventual delay of an hour to Schalke's arrival.

"We didn't know in advance. We got the information when we were waiting at the airport," Rangnick said.

"It was not really a problem for us. The only effect it had was that we left 90 minutes later than we should have done and arrived an hour after. But with the hour time difference we still got to our hotel in time."

Rangnick has enough on his plate without such problems, with his side 2-0 down from the first leg in Gelsenkirchen last Tuesday, when they were horrendously outplayed. But Manchester United also have distractions of their own, with Sunday's title showdown with Chelsea firmly on their minds.

United are preparing to face the Stamford Bridge outfit knowing defeat will knock them off the top of the Barclays Premier League and pitch them into a two-game goal difference shoot-out to decide the championship.

It is a scenario Sir Alex Ferguson had hoped to avoid by claiming something from last weekend's trip to Arsenal. But defeat, plus the memory of how United suffered at Chelsea's hands right in the middle of two huge tussles with Bayern Munich, has led Ferguson to no other conclusion than he must make changes for the game with Schalke.

"If you look at our experience of last year, the team were very tired against Chelsea in that next game after losing in Munich," he said.

"All four semi-finalists lost this weekend too and there are certain statistics that tell you the European games do take it out of you. "That has to have a bearing on my team selection. We have two massive games. Both as important as the other.

"Chelsea is massive, so I have to pick the right team tomorrow to ensure I have the same kind of freshness I need for Sunday's match. "Hopefully I will have the nucleus of a team that is still good enough to win the match."

Wayne Rooney reported for training on Tuesday morning with a tight hamstring and is likely to be on the bench at best. Fabio missed training so his right-back berth will go to either twin brother Rafael or John O'Shea, whilst the extent of Darren Fletcher's recovery from a virus that has kept him out for over two months will be tested at some point.

Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes has missed the last two games with an abdominal strain, but could feature on Wednesday.

Formation:433Manager: Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

Formation: 4231Manager: Ralf Rangnick

Schalke 04

  • Edwin Van der Sar
  • Rafael Da Silva
  • Chris Smalling
  • Jonathan Evans
  • John O'Shea
  • Darron Gibson
  • Paul Scholes
  • Oliveira Anderson
  • Antonio Valencia
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Luis Nani
  • SUBS
  • Tomasz Kuszczak
  • Patrice Evra
  • Michael Owen
  • Ryan Giggs
  • Javier Hernandez
  • Nemanja Vidic
  • Darren Fletcher

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Match Report

United set up dream finale Manchester United booked a mouth-watering UEFA Champions League final encounter with Barcelona at Wembley after a 4-1 victory over Shalke ensured a 6-1 aggregate success. First-half goals from Antonio Valencia and Darron Gibson ensured there was no way back for Schalke, who were already two goals down from the first leg, and a late double from Anderson completed a handsome victory. For Gibson in particular it represented a fitting riposte to the critics who forced him off Twitter last week after spending barely two hours exposed to a demanding public. And manager Sir Alex Ferguson got exactly what he wanted too, namely the chance of revenge over Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, who was watching from the stands, for that one-sided encounter in Rome. But crucially, he also kept all his main players fresh for the visit of Chelsea, who will seize top spot with two games left if they win. Eight changes from the weekend defeat at Arsenal was not so much a calculated gamble as a starting line-up born out of necessity from a manager who simply could not afford to risk injury. As a result, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand found themselves in the unusual position of not being required at all for a semi-final decider in club football's biggest competition, while four more key men started on the bench. Ferguson must have factored into his thinking that the Germans simply could not be as bad as they were on home soil eight days ago. They were certainly more solid in the opening stages, as was Gibson's stomach as he took an accidental kick from Jefferson Farfan. United had an early chance to settle the tie when Dimitar Berbatov wriggled into space with some deft skill by the dead ball line, only to allow Manuel Neuer to intercept his cross as Antonio Valencia waited for a tap-in. Chris Smalling was similarly frustrated the next time Berbatov found himself with a crossing opportunity. The nervousness soon disappeared though as Anderson quickly switched a stray pass into Gibson's path. He picked out Valencia and, unlike last week, United did not need 11 chances before finding the net as the Ecuadorian sent his precise effort through Neuer's legs. Ferguson celebrated with the gusto of a man who felt the tie was over, his total confidence in a squad so many have doubted vindicated once more. Within five minutes United had their second. The same three players were involved again too as Anderson used his strength to provide Valencia with a return pass. He rolled the ball into Gibson's path, although the Irishman would be the first to admit he benefited from a huge slice of good fortune as Neuer inexplicably fumbled, proving he is not perfect after all given last week's heroics. It was simply unthinkable that United might lose a four-goal advantage, but Jose Jurado gave them something to ponder almost immediately when he profited from back-to-back errors by Smalling and Rafael. To follow the burst of goals, three yellow cards were dished out with even greater speed, condemning United's entire central midfield trio to walk a disciplinary tightrope for the remainder of the game. The most vulnerable of the three was obviously Paul Scholes, who collected his caution for failing to retreat at a free-kick rather than one of his trademark wild tackles. But tonight there was never any danger of the 36-year-old overstepping the mark. Gibson had already made a positive impact, as had Anderson. The Brazilian is still bedevilled by inconsistent performances, but this was a good one. He even managed to do something he has never managed during his entire time at United, score twice in a game. His first was due to his persistence, firing home with a shot on the turn after he had been crowded out of his first attempt to finish Nani's low cross. The second was a tap-in thanks to Berbatov's unselfish square ball. With Darren Fletcher returning after two months out and no-one suspended for the final, everything had gone right for Ferguson and his team. But the true test this week will come from another team in blue, desperate to retain their title and thirsting for revenge at being eliminated from this very competition at the quarter-final stage.

possession


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