Manchester U 2 Marseille 1
Manchester United 2 Olympique Marseille 1, Old Trafford, UEFA Champions League Last Sixteen Second Leg, March 15, 2011. Manchester United beat Marseille to gain a place in the quarter-finals. Two goals by Chicharito sent United into a 2-0 lead before Wes Brown headed the ball into his own net in the 82nd minute to make the final score 2-1 to the hosts.
Reigning Barclays Premier League Champions Manchester United were undefeated at their Old Trafford base so far in their Champions League campaign, drawing with Scottish Premier League giants Glasgow Rangers and Spanish La Liga team Valencia, and defeating Turkish Super League outfit Bursaspor. United, who had managed to hold Olympique Marseille to a goalless draw at the Stade Velodrome in the first leg, opened the scoring after five minutes of play as Ryan Giggs found Wayne Rooney whose cross was calmly finished off by Javier Hernandez. Marseille should have levelled the score just a few minutes later when Andre Ayew provided a golden chance for Andre Pierre Gignac, but his effort went over the crossbar. The visiting side missed another decent goal scoring opportunity as Soulemayne Diawara headed wide from close range nine minutes before the half time break. Valencia eventually replaced fellow wingman Nani fifteen minutes into the second half, and shortly afterwards Fabio came on for his twin brother Rafael who was carried off on a stretcher after sustaining an injury. The match swung to and fro untill the 75th minute when Valencia played the ball to Ryan Giggs and his excellent cross found Chicharito who hammered home the second goal. And athough Wes Brown made an own goal with only eight minutes remaning on the referee´s clock, Manchester United held firm to reach the last eight in the Champions League. Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Chris Smalling, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Nani, Paul Scholes, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Rafael, Darron Gibson, Fabio, Dimitar Berbatov, Valencia, Gabriel Obertan, Tomasz Kuszczak. Marseille Team: Steve Mandanda, Souleymane Diawara, Rod Fanni, Taye Taiwo, Stephane M’bia, Gabriel Heinze, Benoit Cheyrou, Andre Pierre Gignac, Lucho Gonzalez, Andre Ayew, Loic Remy. Substitutes: Edouard Cisse, Hilton, Fabrice Abriel, Charles Kabore, Mathieu Valbuena, Jordan Ayew, Elinton.
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In 1974, Manchester United´s Old Trafford Stadium became the first ever football ground in England to install metal perimeter fencing in order to prevent supporters from invading the pitch.