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November 28, 2013 1:15 AM IST
BayArena — Leverkusen
Referee:‬ S. Moen‎
Attendance:‬ 29412‎
 
 
 
Emir Spahic 30′ (OG)
 
Jonny Evans 65′
 
 
Nani 88′
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Bayer Leverkusen 0-5 Manchester United: Rooney & Kagawa shine as Red Devils qualify in style

Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Nani all made it onto the scoresheet as David Moyes's men enjoyed plain sailing into the Champions League knockout stages

By James Willoughby

RYAN GIGGS WAYNE ROONEY BAYER LEVERKUSEN MANCHESTER UNITED CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
AFP
Manchester United sealed their spot in the Champions League's last 16 with a convincing 5-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

The Premier League champions made a bright start at the BayArena and took a deserved lead in the 22nd minute when Wayne Rooney's cross was converted by Antonio Valencia at the far post.

They doubled their advantage just eight minutes later as Rooney's free kick was nodded into his own net by Leverkusen defender Emir Spahic.

Stefan Reinartz headed onto the post after the break for Leverkusen but the visitors added a third when Jonny Evans tapped home in the 65th minute.

Chris Smalling scored a fourth with 13 minutes left, firing Rooney's lobbed ball into an open net, before Nani scored an exquisite late chip to consign Leverkusen to third in Group A with one match to play.

Leverkusen forward Sidney Sam – a major part of the club's best-ever start to a Bundesliga season – missed out with a thigh injury, as Reinartz and Spahic came in for the hosts. United boss David Moyes, meanwhile, made four changes from the side that drew 2-2 at Cardiff City on Sunday, with Shinji Kagawa, Nani, Ryan Giggs and Phil Jones all drafted in.

The Germans immediately sat back and allowed their opponents to force the tempo. It suited the English side, who quickly settled into their stride, with Kagawa impressing.

Nani had the game's first real chance in the 16th minute when he curled over after a clever Giggs ball, while Spahic nodded wide at the other end.

Stefan Kiessling – the Bundesliga's top scorer last term with 25 goals – strolled past Rio Ferdinand for the hosts and prepared to shoot, with only a last-ditch block from Evans saving the day.

And from the resulting counterattack, United scored, as a move that involved Kagawa, Giggs and Rooney ended with the latter's ball being turned home by Valencia.

Buoyed by their opener, United pressed again and they had another goal on the half-hour mark when Spahic gave Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno no chance with a flicked header after he had been put under pressure by Smalling.

Leverkusen continued to lose the midfield battle and, although Reinartz went close in the 60th minute, heading a corner onto the post, Spahic saw his follow-up well saved by United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Evans more or less sealed the victory five minutes later, pouncing quickly after Rooney's close-range effort had been parried by Leno following a corner.

There was still time for a fourth, as Rooney chipped the onrushing Leno and saw Smalling convert, while only a smart save from the Leverkusen keeper stopped Jones getting on the scoresheet himself.

Nani's delightful chip near the end of the 90 minutes saw United finish with five goals as they sealed their knockout spot in fine style.


Bayer Leverkusen

1
Bernd Leno
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
Emir Spahic
Defender
30′
2.50
21
Ömer Toprak
Defender
2.00
26
Giulio Donati
Defender
1.50
3
Stefan Reinartz
Midfielder
70′
1.50
6
Simon Rolfes
Midfielder
1.50
8
Lars Bender
Midfielder
81′
3.00
10
Emre Can
Midfielder
1.00
27
Gonzalo Castro
Defender
1.50
7
Heung-Min Son
Striker
70′
2.00
11
2.50

Manchester United

3.00
1
David de Gea
Goalkeeper
4.00
3
4.00
4
Phil Jones
Defender
3.50
5
4.00
6
Jonny Evans
Defender
65′
4.00
12
4.50
11
Ryan Giggs
Midfielder
88′
4.00
17
Nani
Midfielder
88′
4.50
25
4.00
10
3.50
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder

Substitutes

36
Niklas Lomb
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
2
 - 
13
Jens Hegeler
Midfielder
70′
2.00
23
Robbie Kruse
Midfielder
 - 
-
Dominik Kohr
Midfielder
81′ 91′
 - 
9
2.00

Substitutes

 - 
13
3.00
28
 - 
8
Anderson
Midfielder
80′
 - 
18
Ashley Young
Midfielder
79′
 - 
23
Tom Cleverley
Midfielder
 - 
14
 - 
19

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Coach/Manager

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Group A Matchday 5
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Striker
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10 1
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8 2
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Striker
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7 0
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6 2