Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Man. United downs Osaka, 5-3, to reach world final
by Ian Plenderleith, December 19th, 2008 7AM



[CLUB WORLD CUP] In an open, attacking game with several highlight moments for the "Bad Defending 101" DVD, Manchester United beat Asian champion Gamba Osaka, 5-3, in Thursday's second semifinal of the Club World Cup in Yokohama. The English team faces Copa Libertadores champion LDU Quito in Sunday's final.
At 2-0 up and with just under 20 minutes left, United looked to be coasting to an easy win after first-half headed goals, both directly from corner kicks, for Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo. But on 73 minutes, Gamba striker Masato Yamazaki pulled a goal back with a nice strike to bring both the crowd and the game back to life.
It brought United back to life too, as the European champion promptly scored three goals in four minutes to make the game safe at 5-1. Wayne Rooney, who had been substituted into the game just seconds before Gamba scored, hit a well-taken brace, with a Darren Fletcher header sandwiched between. Gamba gave the scoreline a more respectable look thanks to a cool penalty kick from Yasuhito Endo, and a stinging stoppage time effort from Hideo Hashimoto.
"The fans got their money's worth," said United manager Alex Ferguson. "Gamba really played well, I was impressed. It was a great match and the score could have been even higher by the final whistle. Edwin van der Sar made three tremendous saves to secure the win for us."
Gamba's Akira Nishino said that "it was obviously an entertaining match for the spectators, but I can't be happy with the result because we lost. Wayne Rooney was the one we really didn't get to grips with. We gave them two easy goals from corners and that killed us. We weren't given a prayer to win this game, but we scored three goals so we have to be proud."
Adelaide United beat Al-Ahly of Egypt, 1-0, on a goal from Cristiano to take fifth place.
Schedule (live on Fox Soccer Channel)
Third-place game: Pachuca vs Gamba Osaka (Sunday, 2.30 a.m. ET)
Final: Manchester United vs LDU Quito (Sunday, 5.30 a.m. ET)



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva    
"Five years ago, [MLS] paid to [be on television]. In 2010, it was paid $68 million, ...
New U-17 cycle begins on cautionary note    
In past years, the Nike International Friendlies, the annual year-end tournament for the age group that ...
Report: Miami Beckham United moves on to fourth option    
David Beckham's group seeking a home for an MLS club has its maps of Miami out ...
Close call can't erase Red Bulls' sense of accomplishment    
A year that started in controversy and uproar ended with another playoff setback, but during 2015 ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"The first thing I want to do is to apologize to our fans. They've been fantastic ...
Video Pick: Dortmund pals perform synchronized warm-up    
Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's leading scorer, and Marco Reus' balletic warmup (dubbed a "Bromance ...
Video Pick: Barcelona delivers a Messi & Neymar montage    
Barcelona put together a one-minute video featuring the feats of its two FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 ...
MLS: RSL's Schuler, Gil and Silva are out of contract    
Real Salt Lake re-signed defender Jamison Olave and exercised the 2016 contract options on seven players, ...
MLS: Chicago's Larentowicz eligible for free agency    
Veteran Jeff Larentowicz, who started 29 games in 2015, was among nine players the Chicago Fire ...
What They're Saying: Kei Kamara    
"There was part of me saying, there's no way they can get two goals in the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives