Schalke 0 Manchester Utd 2

Sir Alex Ferguson

Schalke 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Velt­ins Arena, UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Semi-Fi­nal Fir­st Leg, April 26, 2011. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson was left beam­ing as Man­chester Uni­ted be­at FC Schalke 04 by 2-0. A goal each from Ry­an Gig­gs and Way­ne Roo­ney was more than enough to de­feat the North Rhine-West­phalia si­de in the fir­st leg of the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Semi-Finals.

Ever­green Man­chester Uni­ted mid­fielder Ry­an Gig­gs net­ted the fir­st goal of the en­counter in Gelsen­kirchen as he rifled a left foot shot un­der the ho­me net­mind­er af­ter 67 min­utes of ac­tion be­fore Way­ne Roo­ney ad­ded the sec­ond on­ly two min­utes la­ter in the mat­ch. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson: “There was a frus­tra­tion to­wards the end of the fir­st ha­lf when Manuel Neuer made that fi­nal save from Ry­an Gig­gs. When that move broke down, our play­ers star­ted walk­ing back and I sensed their frus­tra­tion. I had to cor­rect that at ha­lf-time. What broke the back of the camel was Javi­er Hernandez´s goal which was off­side in the 50th min­ute. The play­ers real­ised then that they could be­at the Schalke goal­keeper.” Schalke Te­am: Manuel Neuer, Chris­toph Met­zeld­er, Kyriakos Papado­poulos, At­suto Uchida, Joel Ma­tip, Al­ex­an­der Baum­jo­hann, Jose Jurado, Hans Sarpei, Edu, Jef­fer­son Far­fan, Raul. Sub­stitutes: Math­i­as Schober, Ser­gio Es­cudero, Nic­olas Plest­an, Ju­li­an Draxler, Ali Karimi, Peer Kluge, An­gelos Char­isteas. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Rio Fer­dinand, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Fa­bio, Va­lencia, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ry­an Gig­gs, Ji-Sung Park, Javi­er Her­nandez, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: To­masz Kusz­czak, Ra­fael, Jon­ny Evans, Chris Small­ing, An­der­son, Nani, Paul Scholes.


Wayne Rooney Quickfacts

Way­ne Roo­ney sco­red a hat-trick on his fir­st te­am de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted as The Reds over­came Fen­erbache 6-2 at Old Traf­ford in the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue on the 28th of Septem­ber 2004.


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