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March 5, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ C. Çakιr‎
Attendance:‬ 74959‎
 
48′ (OG) Sergio Ramos
Luka Modric 66′
 
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Diego López Rodríguez
Diego López Rodríguez
Real Madrid
Luka Modric
Luka Modric
Real Madrid
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Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil
Real Madrid
Nani
Nani
Manchester United

Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid (Agg 2-3): Ronaldo pounces decisively after Nani sees red

Spanish side scores twice in three second-half minutes through Modric and Ronaldo after controversial Nani red card

By Greg Stobart

MANCHESTER, England -- Cristiano Ronaldo came back to haunt 10-man Manchester United as Real Madrid booked its place in the Champions League quarterfinal with a dramatic and controversial 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.

With the tie finely balanced at 1-1 following the first leg in Spain, United struck first through an own goal by Sergio Ramos early in the second half but the game turned on its head after Nani was sent-off in the 56th minute for a high boot in a challenge with Alvaro Arbeloa.

Real Madrid used the man advantage and sealed the aggregate victory with two goals in three minutes. Substitute Luka Modric equalized with a stunning strike from 25 yards before Ronaldo slid in at the far post to break the hearts of supporters who gave him a hero’s reception before kickoff.

The result completes a wonderful week for the Spanish giants following two wins over bitter rival Barcelona and the visiting fans saluted coach Jose Mourinho as they target an historic 10th European crown.

Ronaldo had a relatively quiet game on his first return to Old Trafford since his 80 million pound transfer in 2009 but the script was always written for the Portuguese forward to have the final say.

He may not have done so were it not for referee Cuneyt Cakir, who infuriated United with his decision to show a red card to Nani. The United winger appeared to be challenging for the ball and certainly meant no harm to Arbeloa, but the consequence of his dismissal was that the home side’s gameplan, which had worked so well to that point, was ruined.

Sir Alex Ferguson made a hugely bold decision of only naming Wayne Rooney as a substitute for United, with Ryan Giggs making his 1,000th career appearance in central midfield in the absence of Phil Jones with an ankle injury. Nemanja Vidic returned at center back in place of Jonny Evans after the United captain missed the first leg.

There were no such surprises in the Real Madrid lineup, with Gonzalo Higuain selected ahead of Karim Benzema to lead the attack as Jose Mourinho returned to his first-choice starting XI having rested a number of players in the 2-1 win over Barcelona on Saturday.

Mourinho claimed this clash between two of the biggest clubs in the Europe would ‘stop the world’ and stars past and present were in attendance at Old Trafford for this showpiece occasion, from Diego Maradona to Gareth Bale.

Ferguson called on the crowd to ‘turn up the volume’ in his pre-match program notes and Old Trafford was a cauldron of noise at the teams made their way out of the tunnel at the Stretford End,  with the home fans unveiling a mosaic in support of their team.

As the team lineups were read out, Ronaldo’s name was greeted with an enormous roar from all sides of the stadium, the former United man looking choked as he patted his chest and raised an arm to acknowledge the reception.

Ferguson predicted an attacking game but set out to stifle Real and counterattack, with his plan working almost perfectly in the first half as they restricted the visitors and came closest to opening the scoring.

United captain Vidic thought he had scored in the 21st minute but his thumping header from Giggs’ corner rattled against the post before Danny Welbeck, admittedly in an offside position, mishit the rebound straight at Real goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

In the 34th minute, Lopez was again forced in to action as he made a hash of his attempt to save Robin van Persie’s shot from a tight angle and had to react quickly to deflect Welbeck’s rebound over the crossbar with his shoulder.

But the hosts had to wait less than three minutes after the break to take the lead.

After Madrid defenders blocked two United shots in the penalty area, the ball landed at Nani’s feet on the left. The Portuguese winger played the ball into the box and, after the faintest touch off Welbeck, Ramos could only turn it into his own net.

The turning point, however, came in the 56th minute when Nani was shown a straight red card by Turkish referee Cakir for a high foot in a 50-50 challenge with Arbeloa. On first viewing, it looked a harsh decision and it certainly left Ferguson and the United players fuming with the officials.

Mourinho responded to the man advantage by bringing on Modric for Arbeloa and the former Tottenham midfielder leveled the score in the 66th minute. After picking the ball up 30 yards from goal, Modric breezed past Tom Cleverley and struck a thunderous effort in off the post from 25 yards.

Three minutes later, Real Madrid took the lead for the first time in the tie. Higuain fizzed a low cross along the six-yard box and Ronaldo used all of his predatory instincts to slide in at the far post.


Manchester United

1
David de Gea
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Rafael
Defender
87′
3.00
3
Patrice Evra
Defender
18′
3.00
5
Rio Ferdinand
Defender
3.50
15
Nemanja Vidic
Defender
3.50
11
Ryan Giggs
Midfielder
3.50
16
Michael Carrick
Midfielder
72′
2.50
17
Nani
Midfielder
56′
3.00
23
Tom Cleverley
Midfielder
73′
2.50
19
Danny Welbeck
Striker
81′
4.00
20
2.50

Real Madrid

4.00
25
3.50
2
3.00
4
3.00
5
2.50
17
Arbeloa
Defender
38′ 59′
3.50
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
2.00
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
71′
2.50
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
2.50
22
3.00
7
3.00
9

Substitutes

13
 - 
6
Jonny Evans
Defender
 - 
25
2.00
18
Ashley Young
Midfielder
81′
2.50
10
3.00
14
 - 
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Pepe
Defender
71′ 88′
 - 
33
3.50
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
59′ 66′
2.00
22
Kaká
Midfielder
45′ 73′
 - 
9
 - 
7

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2