Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Men against children
by Paul Kennedy, May 6th, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] With one slip, the biggest game of Arsenal teenager Kieran Gibbs' career quickly turned into a nightmare, and by halftime he was gone. By then, Gunners' hopes of advancing to the UEFA Champions League final had evaporated. Arsenal's 3-1 loss at home to Manchester United sent the defending champions through to the final, 4-1 on aggregate, in Rome, where they will meet the winner of the series between Barcelona and Chelsea.

United was gifted a goal in the 8th minute when the 19-year-old Gibbs slipping on the turf, allowing South Korean Park Ji-Sung to pounce on Cristiano Ronaldo's cross and give United the valuable away goal that meant Arsenal needed to respond with three goals to advance.

That margin quickly became four as three minutes later Ronaldo scored on a free kick from 40 yards inside Spaniard Manuel Almunia's near post.

"The game was over before it started," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who took off Gibbs at halftime and replaced him with Ivorian Emmanuel Eboue.

Wenger called the loss the most disappointing of his 14-year career with the Gunners.

"It was the most disappointing because I felt the fans were really up for a big night and to disappoint people who stand behind the team so much hurts," he said.

He acknowledged United was too much for his inexperienced team.

"Tonight we were caught by a team that has the art to kill and take advantage of every mistake you make," he said.

Fellow Frenchman Patrice Evra was more blunt.

"We are 11 men," said the United left back. "They are 11 children. This is the difference. We are much more mature and have more confidence."

May 5 in London
Arsenal 1 Manchester United 3. Goals: van Persie pen. 76; Park 8, Cristiano Ronaldo 11, 61.
Arsenal -- Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Djourou, Gibbs (Eboue 46), Walcott (Bendtner 63), Fabregas, Song, Nasri, van Persie (Vela 79), Adebayor.
Manchester United -- van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra (Rafael 65), Cristiano Ronaldo, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson (Giggs 63), Park, Rooney (Berbatov 66).Red card: Manchester United -- Fletcher  75.
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy).
Att.: 59,867.
(Manchester United wins 4-1 on aggregate.)

 

 



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: Chapecoense mourner Claudiane Penegalli     
"It creates indignation because it was a human failure. It wasn't a problem with nature, with ...
What They're Saying: Simon Grayson    
"You expect it in the playground between 4- or 5-year-olds, not from two professionals who've been ...
MLS Moves: Quakes decline options on nine players    
Former U.S. national team defender Clarence Goodson, former U.S. U-20s Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson and ...
MLS Moves: Former Xolos sign with Atlanta and SKC    
Two Americans who began their pro careers at Mexico's Tijuana have signed contracts with MLS clubs. ...
Video Pick: Pulisic's pocket warmer    
Both had a laugh when Christian Pulisic entered Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach and ...
U.S. U-17 boys crush competition at Nike Friendlies    
The USA won the U-17 Nike International Friendlies competition in convincing fashion, clinching with a 3-0 ...
U.S. Abroad: Arena watches Pulisic and Johnson    
New U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena watched Christian Pulisic play at Borussia Dortmund as he ...
U.S. U-17s boys romp again, beat Turkey, 5-1     
After opening the Nike International Friendlies with a 7-1 win over Portugal, the U.S. U-17 boys ...
U-20 WWC: USA badly outplayed in third-place game loss    
Japan outshot the USA 29-3 while beating the Americans 1-0 in the third-place game at the ...
U.S. Abroad: Alvarado headed to Santos for Torneo Clausura    
Ventura Alvarado is back in the starting lineup at Mexican giant Club America, which tied Necaxa, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives