Manchester United 2-2 Benfica: Berbatov great-header, Fletcher great-finsih
Manchester United failed to reap victory after offset his guest, Benfica 2-2. For Benfica results of this series is enough to get them into the knockout phase.
Manchester United host Benfica at Old Trafford on Tuesday (11/22/2011) . The home team is strengthened by the injured Wayne Rooney.
Benfica had the lead early in the game an own goal by Phil Jones in the third minute. MU respond by Dimitar Berbatov on 30 minutes.
In the second half, Manchester United to turn things around after Darren Fletcher scored in minute 59. But a minute later Benfica game balance back through veteran player Pablo Aimar.
The results of this series Benfica took over leadership of the standings of Group C * with nine points and ensure themselves qualified for the knockout phase because of its superior head to head of Manchester and Basel.
Benfica will not finish lower than second place if they lose to Otelul in the last game.
While MU is ranked second with the same value. "Red devils" just needed a draw to advance to the perdelapanfinal at home to Basel, early December. While Basel should be able to beat his opponent to escape.
Only three minutes the game play, United nets was breaking. Starting from the movement of Axel Witsel and forward Pablo Aimar, Nicolas Gaitan off a cross into the middle of the box.
Unfortunately, Phil Jones who was in front of goal one anticipates the ball so that it slid into his own net. MU 0, Benfica 1.
Benfica threat flowing shortly thereafter. From the corner, Bruno Cesar grabbed the ball with his shot inches wide of the goal that kept David De Gea.
Nani MU responded with a jab from the left wing to see Ashley Young. But Young is not a test shot for the goalkeeper Arthur.
Goal! Manchester United now an equalizer for a 1-1. Berbatov ripped Benfica goalkeeper with a header after a forward feed cooked from Nani on the left side of the field. Goals are controversial because Berba seen in an offside position.
Young gave birth to the movement of golden opportunities. He was forced to leave the nest to repel Artur Young kick with his foot.
The first round ended, the score remained 1-1.
MU's defense continued to press his guest. In the span of time that is not too far has resulted in two chance of firing Young and Fabio.
Opportunity was born for Benfica. Cesar Aimar send feedback to the edge of the penalty box, but the veteran players still kick over the bar.
Berbatov! An opportunity was thrown away by the Bulgarian striker. Fabio ripe to send feedback to the middle of the box, but the half-volley shot Berba who actually soared.
Benfica almost added advantage through a hard shot inches wide Rodrigo in Chelsea's goal.
Before the game ended, Chicharitojuga almost gave birth to the goal for United after his header rebound from goalkeeper Artur thin.
The match finished, MU offset Benfica 2-2.
Manchester United: 1-David de Gea; 3-Patrice Evra, 4-Phil Jones, 5-Rio Ferdinand, 20-Fabio (12-Chris Smalling 82 '); 25-Antonio Valencia (14-Javier Hernandez 80'), 24 -Darren Fletcher, 16-Michael Carrick, 18-Ashley Young, 17-Nani; 9-Dimitar Berbatov
Benfica: 1-Artur; 14-Maxi Pereira, 4-Luisao (27-Miguel Vitor 58 '), 24-Ezequiel Garay, 3-Emerson; 6-Javi Garcia, 28-Axel Witsel, 8-Bruno Cesar, 20-Nicolas Gaitan (21-Nemanja Matic 68 '); 10-Pablo Aimar (5-Ruben Amorim 83'), 19-Rodrigo