[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson could have gloated after a big win over his former nemesis Jose Mourinho Wednesday night, but he chose to blast his players after escaping against Inter Milan in what he termed a "game of suicide."
United won 2-0 on goals by Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo at the beginning of each half, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Dejan Stankovic both had close chances for Inter Milan.
With the 0-0 first leg meaning that a tie of 1-1 or more would have sent Inter through, Ferguson said United was reckless in the manner in which it played after taking the lead.
"It was one of those long European nights where you don't know if you're watching a game of football or watching a game of suicide," he said. "After scoring the first goal, I thought we would go on and kill them. But after going ahead we started trying to put icing on the cake and we were lucky to be in front at halftime."
He added: "I thought we could score a few goals but then we started doing flicks and back heels, hitting balls into space where no one was. It was really reckless football and it allowed Inter Milan to get a grip of the game. From the middle of the first half to the end of the first half they were the better team." March 11 in Manchester
Manchester United 2 Inter Milan 0. Goals:
Vidic 4, Cristiano Ronaldo 49.
Manchester United -- van der
Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carrick,
Scholes (Anderson 70), Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney (Park Ji-sung 84).
Inter Milan -- Julio Cesar,
Maicon, Cordoba, Samuel, Santon, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Vieira (Muntari
46), Stankovic (Adriano 58), Ibrahimovic, Balotelli (Figo 70).
Referee: Wolfgang Stark
(Manchester United wins 2-0 on
March 11 in Rome
Roma 1 Arsenal 0. Goal:
Roma -- Doni, Motta,
Diamoutene, Juan (Julio Baptista 28), Riise, Taddei (Aquilani 90+5),
Pizarro, Brighi (Montella 120), Tonetto, Vucinic, Totti.
Arsenal -- Almunia, Sagna,
Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Eboue (Walcott 75), Diaby, Denilson, Nasri,
Bendtner (Eduardo da Silva 85), van Persie.
Referee: Manuel Mejuto (Spain)
(Aggregate: 1-1; Arsenal wins 6-5 on
March 11 in Barcelona
Barcelona 5 Lyon 2. Goals:
Henry 25, 27, Messi 40, Eto'o 43, Keita 90+5; Makoun 44, Juninho 48.
Barcelona -- Valdes, Daniel
Alves, Gerard Pique, Marquez, Silvinho,
Xavi, Toure, Iniesta (Hleb 90+2), Messi, Eto'o (Krkic 87), Henry
Lyon -- Lloris, Clerc (Bodmer
46), Cris, Boumsong, Grosso, Juninho,
Toulalan, Makoun, Delgado (Kallstrom 61), Benzema, Ederson (K.Keita 85).
Referee: Tom Henning Ovrebo
(Barcelona wins 6-3 on aggregate)
March 11 in Oporto
Porto 0 Atletico Madrid 0.
Porto -- Helton, Sapunaru
(Costa 83), Rolando, Bruno Alves, Cissokho, Lucho Gonzalez, Fernando,
Meireles, Lisandro Lopez (Farias 90+3), Hulk
(Mariano 89), Rodriguez.
Atletico Madrid -- Franco,
Ujfalusi, Antonio Lopez, Maxi Rodriguez (Forlan
54), Paulo Assuncao, Raul Garcia (Maniche 73), Simao
Sabrosa, Sinama Pongolle (de las Cuevas 79),
Referee: Pieter Vink
(Aggregate: 2-2; Porto wins on away