Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
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's title defense in jeopardy
by Paul Kennedy, April 8th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Manchester United hit a road bump on its drive for five, having to settle for a 2-2 tie with Porto Tuesday at Old Trafford in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series. The result means United will probably have to do what no other English team has done and win in Oporto next Wednesday if it is to advance to the semifinals and keep alive its bid for five titles.

"It's going to be difficult for us now," said Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "It will be a difficult game in Porto, that goes without saying."

Porto rattled the shaky United defense with early and late goals to earn the tie.

After taking a pass from Wayne Rooney, sub Carlos Tevez had scored in the 85th minute with a shot to the near post to appear to rescue United, but Mariano beat Edwin van der Sar four minutes later to even the score at 2-2.

The Premier League leaders looked to have snatched an undeserved win thanks to substitute Carlos Tevez's 85th minute goal.

But Porto, who had taken the lead in the fourth minute through Cristian Rodriguez before Wayne Rooney was gifted an equalizer before halftime, struck for a second time in the 89th minute when substitute Mariano beat goalie Edwin van der Sar to put them firmly in the driving seat.

United gifted Cristian Rodriguez a goal early in the first half, Bruno Alves returned the favor, hitting a backpass to Rooney, who strolled in and scored the equalizer.

"Porto played exactly as I thought they would," added Ferguson. "The score is about right. They were the better side in the first half but we improved our game in the second half and had a lot of possession."

April 7 in Manchester
Manchester United 2 Porto 2. Goals: Rooney 15, Tevez 85; Rodriguez 4, Mariano 89.
Manchester United -- van der Sar, O'Shea, Evans (Neville 72), Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes (Tevez 72), Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney, Park Ji-sung (Giggs 59).
Porto -- Helton, Sapunaru, Bruno Alves, Rolando, Cissokho, Lucho Gonzalez, Fernando, Raul Meireles (Tomas Costa 79; Andres Madrid 90+4), Lopez, Hulk, Rodriguez (Mariano 80).
Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria)
Att.: 74,517.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Michael Garcia    
"It is the lack of leadership on these issues within FIFA that leads me to conclude ...
Video Pick: Player loses his wig!    
The 19-year-old defender Baily Cargill was one of the top rated players for second division Bournemouth ...
MLS Trade Central: Wednesday's deals    
MLS and Chivas de Guadalajara reached an agreement regarding Mexican star Erick "Cubo" Torres, who played ...
NASL will open 2015 spring season on April 4    
The North American Soccer League will open its fifth season with the first week of the ...
Las Vegas gets its soccer stadium, too    
It isn't every day that two cities pass measures to build soccer stadiums. Hours after the ...
U.S. Abroad: Midweek Hot (and Cold) List    
John Brooks scored his first goal of the Bundesliga season for Hertha Berlin to open the ...
Road to Vancouver: More to Brazil than Marta    
Marta, whose magnificent performance powered Brazil past the USA Sunday at the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia, ...
TV Report: Fox plans unprecedented coverage    
The 2015 Women's World Cup will receive unprecedented coverage on Fox as it will air 16 ...
Klinsmann red-carded in starring role against Germany    
Jonathan Klinsmann's first international match against Germany, the country his father, Jurgen, played for and coached, ...
Olsen sees new D.C. stadium as one piece of grand plan    
He's D.C. United through and through, so head coach and former player Ben Olsen knows better ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives