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August 8, 2012
• Nya Ullevi, Göteborg
Barcelona won 2 - 0 on penalties
And that is that for the night. Barcelona win on penalties and were the better team on the night, but United certainly held their own against the Spanish super-power.
Pen SO Goal Piqué
Against his former club, Pique buries his penalty and Barcelona win the match on penalties.
Pen SO Miss Ashley Young
Ashley Young walks up and puts his penalty down to Pinto's right, and the goalkeeper saves.
Pen SO Goal Xavi
Xavi steps up for Barcelona and scores. De Gea was close. 1-0 to Barcelona.
Pen SO Miss Nani
Nani's penalty smashes against the crossbar, but doesn't bounce over the line.
Nani stepping up for United's first kick.
90' + 2'
Fulltime in Gothenburg as Manchester United and Barcelona play out a 0-0 draw, with there being little to talk about in truth. Penalties up next.
United looking for a late goal as Nani gets the ball out wide and crosses, but the delivery was fairly poor and it goes out of play on the other side.
Shaky defending there by Valencia as he loses possession to Pedro in the area, but Pedro's cross cruised over his team-mates in the centre.
Free-kick to United just outside their own area after Valencia loops the ball over Rafinha's head in order to collect it on the other side, but the younger brother of Thiago Alcantara concedes a free-kick.
A penalty shoot-out beckons here if neither side can find the breakthrough.
The match seems to be petering out here with both sides keeping things disciplined in the final minutes.
Ridiculous pass by Nani as he tries to find Ferdinand, but plays Pedro in instead. The Spaniard attacks the defence, beating Ferdinand but Carrick's out-stretched right-foot halts the speedy forward.
Nani not amused by a wild Pique lunge on the right wing as United get a free-kick, but nothing comes of it.
The corner goes deep, but no one gets on the end of it and United class.
Corner to Barcelona as Evra blocks Sanchez's cross.
Decent effort by Afellay as he fires towards the near post from the left, but it goes straight into the side netting.
Both sides trading possession as the final 15 minutes beckons. Plenty of attacking talent on both sides. Surely we'll have at least one goal?
Barca back on the attack as Busquets breaks through the middle and tries to play in Fabregas, but he put too much on it.
Yellow Card Busquets
United try to break, but it is cut short when Busquets pulls Nani's shirt, with the United player responding by kicking out at him. Yellow card to both players.
Yellow Card Nani
Penalty shouts again for United. Pinto clears awfully and Kagawa threads Nani into the area, but the winger is brought down by Bartra in the area. Referee gives nothing.
Lovely move by United as Valencia destroys Adriano before cutting a pass back to Kagawa on the edge of the area. The midfield find Young to his left, but the winger's first-time shot goes miles over.
Save by De Gea again! This time Sanchez turned provider as he crossed for Pedro, but De Gea palmed it round the post brilliantly.
Great save by De Gea! Alves flicked a ball through to Sanchez in the area, but the Spanish goalkeeper saved very well.
Dangerous attack for Barca again. Sanchez get forward down the right and cut a pass into the area. Carrick tried to clear, but smacked it on to Evra, who eventually got the ball clear.
Free-kick to United on the right-wing after good play by Welbeck as he flicks inside Adriano.
Xavi plays a nice ball into the United area for Fabregas, but Evra does well to cover.
Barcelona controlling this second-half so far with United very much pegged back in their own half.
Pause in play after Evra was left on the floor following an aerial collision with Alves.
More good play by Barca as they surge into the penalty area and Fabregas almost gets a strike in, but Carrick blocks well.
Sloppy play by Valencia as he gifts possession back to Barcelona, but Pedro fires over from a narrow angle.
Fantastic move by United! Valencia got on the end of Nani's flick and cut a low cross back to the edge of the area. Welbeck laid it back to Kagawa who curled an effort into the bottom far corner, but Pinto palmed it round the post. Corner to United.
United win possession in their own half, but they are short of ideas as Evra boots the ball towards Welbeck, but he had little chance to get on the end of it.
We're back underway.
Plenty of changes here at halftime. Kagawa and Carrick are on for United, while Pedro, Pinto, Xavi and Pique have come on for Barcelona.
45' + 2'
Halftime in Gothenburg and the score remains 0-0 in a decent encounter, but United should be in the lead following that pretty awful Rooney penalty.
45' + 1'
Valdes saves it! Rooney stepped up and played it down to Valdes' right, but the effort was very poor and he then put the rebound wide, some how. What a waste for United.
Penalty to United! Valencia squared inside to Nani in the area and Tello came flying in with a wild challenge and the referee pointed to the spot.
Messi eases through the United defence as a ricochet helps him, but Ferdinand gets back and takes control.
United nearly squirm a shot on goal from the corner as Valdes flaps at the corner and Vidic manages to put his effort wide.
Corner to United after Evra's cross is charged down.
Alves was almost in there after a clever ball by Messi, but De Gea does well to smother it.
Barca defending from the front here as they get so tight to United whenever they try to keep hold of the ball in their own half.
Tello delivers from the left again after Iniesta played a lovely ball in behind Valencia and Messi got on the end of the cross, but De Gea managed to make the save. Messi was subsequently flagged offside.
Good chance for the Spaniards and Messi flicks the ball out to Tello who tries to fire across the area, but Ferdinand puts it behind.
Yellow Card Paul Scholes
Another foul for Barcelona as Young gives Alves too much attention in the centre-circle. Perhaps a bit harsh.
Surprise surprise, Paul Scholes picks up a yellow card for a lunge on Busquets.
Nani having fun at the moment as he beats Mascherano with a nut-meg, but frustratingly Adriano gets there first.
United having some sustained possession in the Barca half. Valencia crosses poorly, but Nani gets the ball and some how takes the ball past two defenders, then bursts into the area before flicking the ball round Adriano and then attempted to cross, but his effort was blocked. Lovely bit of skill, however.
United's passing from the back has been very poor so far as they keep giving possession straight back to Barcelona when moving out from defence.
Messi shows how you can't keep him quite for long. The Argentine exploded into life as he surged forward and fired towards the bottom far corner, but De Gea got the slightest touch on it to put it round the post. Fantastic save.
Another good move from the Premier League side. The ball was worked out well to Evra on the left and he hammered a tantalising ball low into the area, but it missed both Welbeck and Rooney, while Nani's own delivery is cleared.
United looking a little more comfortable on the ball now, particularly Nani who is often finding himself inside.
United back on the attack and Scholes is certainly showcasing his outrageous passing. The midfield boots an inch-perfect pass to Nani on the right. Nani cut inside and shot low with his left foot, but it fizzed narrowly wide of Valdes' left-hand post.
Messi takes it, but the wall does its job well and Barcelona are eventually penalised.
Free-kick in a dangerous area for Barcelona after Anderson tried to rob Messi's shirt. Alves tried to take it quickly, but the referee brings it back.
Vintage Scholes there as he lofts a ball all the way to the front, over the Barcelona defence for Rooney, but after controlling the ball he felt Puyol used a hand to gain possession. Referee not interested.
Good play by United. Anderson and Scholes combined well before the latter fed the ball through to Valencia. The winger crossed first-time and Rooney got his head on it, but the effort went well wide.
Another good chance for Barcelona. Welbeck lost the ball and Messi found Tello down the left, but instead of shooting first-time he elected to wait before shooting left-footed, however by then Ferdinand had got back well and Tello shot wide.
Some more wastefulness from Young. He brilliantly chested down a long pass out on the left before darting inside Alves, but his final ball in behind Puyol for Welbeck went straight through to Valdes.
Free-kick to Barca nearly the centre-circle after Young decided to kick Alves' right heel on to his left. The crowd weren't impressed.
End-to-end at the moment. Dani Alves, sporting a ferocious beard, had loads of space on the right-hand side and drilled an effort goalwards from a narrow angle, but it sailed comfortably over De Gea's goal.
United go straight on to the attack following that scare. Rooney gets the ball just outside the area and feeds it to Young on his left. The winger cuts inside Alves and delivers a cross, but it was far too heavy for Welbeck. Such a waste.
That was a classic Barcelona move there! Iniesta dinked a lovely ball into the area for Messi, but the star couldn't quite control the ball or knock it past De Gea.
Tello attacking Valencia at right-back, but the Ecuadorian stands strong and gets a touch on the winger's footwork and Ferdinand clears.
United get their first meaningful spell of possession which is greeted by large cheers from the stands.
One minute played and one shot to Barcelona. Messi did well in midfield before passing to Iniesta. The Spaniard moved forward, played a one-two with Alexis Sanchez and then attempted to curl it into the top far corner, but David De Gea easily caught it.
Here we go as Barcelona kick off the action.
The teams are now walking out on to the field.
The last time United played in Gothenburg, IFK Gothenburg beat them with Jesper Blomqvist bagging for the Swedes.
In four matches against United, Lionel Messi has two goals.
The last time these two teams met the Premier League side battled to a 2-1 win as they played in Maryland, USA last summer.
Barcelona's team is: Valdes; Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano; Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Iniesta; Alexis, Messi, Tello Subs: Pinto, Montoya, Pique, Bartra, Alba, Xavi, Cesc, Afellay, Pedro; Ilie, Rafinha
First of all, the teams. Manchester United's starting line-up is: De Gea; Valencia, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Scholes, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Welbeck Subs: Lindegaard, Berbatov, Hernandez, Carrick, Powell, Kagawa, Macheda, Wootton, Brady, M Keane, Lingard
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! play-by-play of Manchester United vs Barcelona. I am Ryan Benson and I shall be describing the action for you this evening.
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