Manchester Utd 5 Spurs 2

Wayne Rooney

Man­chester Uni­ted 5 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 2, Old Traf­ford Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue Fix­ture, April 25, 2009. Man­chester Uni­ted came from be­ing two goals down at the break to be­at Spurs 5-2 at ho­me. Dar­ren Bent and Luka Mod­ric fou­nd the net for the vis­it­ors be­fore a brace each by Ron­aldo and Way­ne Roo­ney, plus a goal from Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, saw the hosts fin­ish the tie wi­th a three goal margin. 

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur took the lead thro­ugh for­mer Ips­wich To­wn and Charl­ton Ath­let­ic stri­ker Dar­ren Bent who ham­mered ho­me from clo­se ran­ge af­ter 29 min­utes of ac­tion, and then Balkan mid­field mo­tor Luka Mod­ric ma­naged to double the ad­vant­age of the White Hart Lane club as he con­ver­ted a good cross from Aar­on Len­non on­ly three min­utes la­ter in the mat­ch. Twelve min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf, Man­chester Uni­ted mid­fielder Mi­chael Car­rick was bro­ught down to the gro­und by Tot­ten­ham goal­keeper Heurelho Go­mes in­side the eight­een-yard box and of­fi­cial How­ard Webb quite cor­rectly awar­ded the ho­me te­am a pen­alty kick which was sub­sequently dis­patched in­to the net by goal spe­cial­ist Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo. And, wi­th 67 min­utes played of the ga­me, the in­form Way­ne Roo­ney equal­ised for Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s si­de when he power­ed the ball in­to the back of the net from out­side the area, and two min­utes la­ter the same play­er was in­volved ag­ain when his fine cross was met by Ron­aldo who head­ed pa­st the Spurs goal­tender to make it 3-2 to The Reds. Wi­th less than 20 min­utes left of the clash, Roo­ney stret­ched the lead to 4-2 wi­th an un­stoppable ef­fort be­fore a clo­se ran­ge goal from no­ne else than for­mer Tot­ten­ham icon Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov made the fi­nal score 5-2. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, Ra­fael da Silva, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Rio Fer­dinand, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Mi­chael Car­rick, Lu­is Nani, Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Way­ne Roo­ney, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov. Sub­stitutes: Oli­veira An­der­son, Fe­d­erico Ma­cheda, Car­los Tev­ez, Paul Scho­les, John O’Shea, Jon­athan Evans, Ben Fo­ster. Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Te­am: Heurelho Go­mes, Ben­oit As­sou-Ekotto, Vedran Corluka, Jon­athan Woodgate, Led­ley King, Luka Mod­ric, Aar­on Len­non, Jer­maine Je­nas, Wil­son Pala­cios, Dar­ren Bent, Rob­bie Ke­ane. Sub­stitutes: Pas­cal Chim­bonda, Gar­eth Bale, Alan Hut­ton, Didi­er Zokora, Tom Hud­dle­stone, Da­vid Bent­ley, Carlo Cudicini.

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