Manchester United 1 – CF Valencia 1


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Brazil international midfielder ANDERSON (8) of Manchester United, who cost a reported 30.0 million Euros to acquire according to Portuguese club FC Porto in late May of 2007 but has only three starts and four overall appearances for the Red Devils in the Premier League this season, is pursued by Spain international winger PABLO HERNANDEZ (19) at Old Trafford in the northwest of England. (Jon Super/AP)
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UEFA Champions League
Group Stage
12/7/2010

1 – Manchester United (ENG) ——— Anderson 62′
1 – CF Valencia (SPA) ——————— Pablo 32′

A goal on each side of the break by teams already having booked passage into the knockout round brought a 1-1 between visiting Spanish La Liga side CF VALENCIA and English Premier League host MANCHESTER UNITED in Group C of the UEFA Champions League.

As has been pretty much the case so far this season, SIR ALEX FERGUSON put out a side comprised predominantly of second-stringers for Manchester United. For the final match at the group stage in the UEFA Champions League,the Red Devils deployed third choice goalkeeper, BEN AMOS, against CF Valenica. Thus, a European debut for the 20-year-old Amos, whose only other start this season was against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carling League Cup on October 26.

In the 32nd minute, the youngster was formally welcomed to top-shelf European professional football by Spain international winger PABLO HERNANDEZ.

England international midfielder MICHAEL CARRICK of Manchester United had his poor decision easily intercepted in his own half by Argentine CHORI DOMINGUEZ of CF Valencia. The 29-year-old attacker, who moved to Spain from Russian club FC Rubin Kazan twelve months ago, drove straight at the Red Devil defense and then intelligently provided for Pablo. The 25-year-old winger proceeded to shoot clean through the wickets of the novice goalkeeper for his second goal in Europe and fourth overall for CF Valencia this term.

The concession was Manchester United’s first in the UEFA Champions League in six games this season.

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After winning the aerial duel with Portugal World Cup defender RICARDO COSTA (20) of CF Valenica, Manchester United’s Bulgaria international striker DIMITAR BERBATOV, who leads the Red Devils with 11 goals in the Premier League this season, sees his effort headed straight at visiting Spanish goalkeeper VICENTE GUAITA (13) at Old Trafford. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)
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At the other end, visiting CF Valencia’s third choice goalkeeper, VICENTE GUAITA, was managing quite nicely in his first-ever Champions League start. The 23-year-old did come on as a substitute against Turkish club KD Bursaspor on November 24 and has been standing in for the La Liga side since. Guaita made several saves and even denied Bulgaria international DIMITAR BERBATOV in a one-one-one situtation with a brilliant play to sweep the ball off the feet of Manchester United’s leading goal-scorer this season.

But England World Cup striker WAYNE ROONEY, who has played just eight games with only two goals for Manchester United in all competitons so far, announced his presence by hitting the post in the first half; Portugal international winger NANI sent the rebound just wide for the Red Devils.

And Guaita, himself, made a mistake shortly after the hour for which the Red Devils would make him pay dear.

The Spanish goalkeeper failed to steer the ball away when stopping the shot of Manchester United’s South Korea winger PARK JI-SUNG and Brazil international midfielder ANDERSON, who has not appeared much in the Premier League but has started half of the Red Devils’ European dates this term, was on hand to score his first goal of the year.

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CF Valenica third-choice goalkeeper VICENTE GUAITA expertly pokes the ball away from Bulgaria international DIMITAR BERBATOV (9) after the Manchester United striker, still looking for a goal in the UEFA Champions League this season, had burst clear into the box at Old Trafford. (Jon Super/AP)
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MANCHESTER UNITED : Amos – Rafael, Ferdinand (Smalling 50′), Vidic, Fabio – Nani (Giggs 81′), Carrick, Anderson (Fletcher 89′), Park – Berbatov, Rooney

CF VALENCIA : Guaita – Miguel, Ricardo Costa, Dealbert, Mathieu – Pablo (Feghouli 81′), Banega, Albelda, Alba (Mata 68′) – Dominguez (Isco 54′) – Aduriz

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(Jon Super/AP)
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(Jon Super/AP)
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(Jon Super/AP)
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(Phil Noble/Reuters)
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