Manchester United 1 Real Madrid 2 – Real go through after controversial Nani red
Sir Alex Ferguson was left incandescent with rage after seeing his Manchester United team take the lead in this Champions League encounter before Nani received his marching orders.
March 5th, 2013
Sergio Ramos’ own goal had put the Red Devils into a 2-1 aggregate lead after a cagey first half which has seen Nemanja Vidic come closest to scoring after the Serbian’s header had struck the upright.
However, United did take the lead in the 48th minute and Ferguson’s decision to leave Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa on the bench looked to be paying dividends before a red card was shown to Nani in the 56th minute.
As the ball was cleared out of the home team’s penalty area, the winger leapt to control the ball and accidentally kicked Alvaro Arbeloa in the chest, with the referee deciding this constituted dangerous play and dismissing the Portuguese player.
The decision left Old Trafford stunned and the game swung in favour of Real who started to control the match and found an equaliser with half an hour left on the clock.
Luka Modric had barely been on the pitch when he was able to control the ball on the edge of the penalty area and sidestep Michael Carrick before firing a powerful shot past David De Gea.
United barely had chance to draw breath before they were behind after good work by Gonzalo Higuain saw the ball sweep across the six-yard box and Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand to score against his former club.
The Red Devils had some impressive performers on the pitch including veteran Ryan Giggs although their ten men were unable to get on level terms and it was always unlikely they would score the required two goals to go through.