Manchester U 4 Watford 1

Wayne Rooney

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 Wat­ford 1, Vil­la Park, Eng­lish FA Cup Semi-Fi­nal, April 14, 2007. Af­ter de­feat­ing Middles­brough in the quart­er-fi­nals, Man­chester Uni­ted over­came Wat­ford in the semi-fi­nals to reach Wemb­ley. Uni­ted ul­ti­mately won the tie ag­ainst The Hor­nets 4-1 thro­ugh a Way­ne Roo­ney brace and a goal each by Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo and Kier­an Richardson.

The mat­ch in Birm­ing­ham had hardly star­ted be­fore Man­chester Uni­ted and Eng­land for­ward Way­ne Roo­ney power­ed a fe­ro­cious shot from out­side the pen­alty area pa­st Wat­ford net­mind­er Rich­ard Lee and in­to the goal wi­th just six min­utes gone of the fir­st ha­lf. The Vicar­age Road club fou­ght back, tho­ugh, and Aidy Boothroyd´s te­am had their equal­iser thanks to a spec­tac­u­lar over­head-kick by Al­geri­an wing­er Hameur Bou­azza in the 26th min­ute of the out­ing, on­ly for Uni­ted to re­gain their lead when Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo con­ver­ted a cross from Roo­ney two min­utes la­ter. Af­ter the re­sump­tion, Man­chester Uni­ted in­creased their ad­vant­age fur­ther as Waz­za fou­nd the net from clo­se ran­ge six min­utes pa­st the hour ma­rk, whi­le Kier­an Richard­son sco­red the fi­nal goal of the day in the 82nd min­ute of the semi-fi­nal clash. Fol­low­ing the vic­tory over Wat­ford at Vil­la Park, Uni­ted would now meet Chel­sea in the fi­nal at Wemb­ley. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, Wes­ley Bro­wn, Rio Fer­dinand, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Gab­riel Hein­ze, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ry­an Gig­gs, Paul Scho­les, Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo, Alan Smith, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: Kier­an Richard­son, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Craig Cath­cart, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, To­masz Kusz­czak. Wat­ford Te­am: Rich­ard Lee, Clarke Carl­isle, Jay De­Mer­it, Ad­ri­an Mari­appa, Ja­mes Cham­bers, Jor­dan Stew­art, Dami­en Fran­cis, Gav­in Ma­hon, Tom­my Smith, Hameur Bou­azza, Tamas Priskin. Sub­stitutes: Lloyd Doy­ley, Ste­ven Kabba, Mar­lon King, Al Bangura, Scott Loach.


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