Photo Gallery

Real Madrid knock Manchester United out of Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal as Real Madrid controversially came from behind to win 2-1 at Manchester United on Tuesday and reach the Champions League quarter-finals. In a breathless game, Nani forced Sergio Ramos to put through his own goal in the 48th minute to give United a 2-1 aggregate lead in the last 16 tie, only for the Portuguese winger to then be sent off for a foul on Alvaro Arbeloa.

Madrid immediately seized the initiative, equalising through substitute Luka Modric in the 66th minute and then earning victory through United old boy Ronaldo on his return to Old Trafford.

Madrid manager Jose Mourinho conceded his side had been fortunate to go through, telling ITV: "Independent of the (Nani) decision, the best team lost. We didn't deserve to win, but football is like this." The Spanish champions can now dream of a 10th European title after reinvigorating their season in recent weeks, but United's defeat meant that Ryan Giggs' 1,000th appearance in senior football ended in disappointment.

United assistant manager Mike Phelan attended the post-game press conference in place of manager Alex Ferguson, who he said had been left "very distraught" by Nani's dismissal.

"To play Real Madrid on such a magnificent occasion, with Ryan Giggs reaching 1,000 games and a massive audience around the world, everyone now will be sitting there wondering what happened," he said.

"It was a great performance marred by the wrong decision."

Ferguson had sprung a major surprise by naming Wayne Rooney on the substitutes' bench, but Giggs was included in the starting XI as he became only the third British outield player to play in 1,000 games. A wave of applause for Ronaldo rippled around the ground at kick-off and the Madrid number seven unexpectedly found himself in direct opposition to Giggs, who started the match in an unfamiliar role on the right flank.

Giggs roused the home fans with a determined run down the wing in the 20th minute and from the corner he won, United came within a hair's breadth of taking the lead.

Nemanja Vidic met Giggs' inswinging corner with a typically emphatic header that came back off the right-hand post and goalkeeper Diego Lopez reacted well to smother Danny Welbeck's instinctive follow-up.

Madrid then enjoyed a brief spell in the ascendancy, with Rio Ferdinand blocking from Ronaldo and goalkeeper David de Gea thwarting Gonzalo Higuain before Ramos had a goal ruled out for a foul on Robin van Persie.

The action soon swang the other way, however, with Lopez doing brilliantly to divert a shot from Welbeck over the bar after he had allowed a stinging effort from van Persie to get away from him.

Despite shading the first half in terms of opportunities, United had nothing to show for their efforts, but that changed within three minutes of the second period.

After Welbeck and van Persie had both seen shots blocked, Nani picked up the ball wide on the left and played a low cross into the Madrid six-yard box that Ramos inadvertently poked into his own net.

The Portuguese celebrated the goal as if he had scored it himself, but moments later, his night was over.

In attempting to control a high ball, he caught Arbeloa in the chest with his studs and was shown a straight red card by referee Cuneyt Cakir, much to Ferguson's evident displeasure.

United's manager came to the touchline to rouse the home support but Madrid had the momentum and Rafael da Silva had to bravely clear a Higuain header from below his own crossbar.

Van Persie worked Lopez with a low shot, but Madrid were quickly back on the attack and in the 66th minute, they levelled.

Mourinho had reacted to Nani's dismissal by introducing Modric in place of Arbeloa and the Croatian had an immediate impact, darting into space and arrowing a superb 25-yard shot past de Gea via the right-hand upright.

The turnaround was complete three minutes later and with poetic inevitability, it was Ronaldo who put Madrid ahead, touching in Higuain's low cross-shot and then pointedly apologising to the fans behind de Gea's goal.

Ferguson turned to Rooney and United went for broke, but Lopez saved from Michael Carrick and van Persie in quick succession before Rooney volleyed over.

Madrid substitute Kaka hit the post, before Lopez produced another stunning stop from Vidic to crown a fine individual display.
8 Photos | View Photos

SENATUS Member Comments

Loading Comments...

Leave a Comment

Newest Photo Albums

Restaurant 34 Celebrates Kate Moss' 25 Years in Fashion with Custom Champagne Coupe

To celebrate the supermodel's 25 years working in the fashion industry, restaurant 34 in Mayfair, London has modeled a ...
1 Photo
By SENATUS News

Jean Paul Gaultier x Lindex Fall Winter 2014 Campaign

French designer Jeal Paul Gaultier and Lindex are collaborating on a special collection for fall. The campaign images feature Gaultier ...
3 Photos
By MilanParis MFW

Cara Delevingne Fronts Tom Ford 'Black Orchid' Fragrance Campaign

British top model Cara Delevingne stars in the latest Tom Ford 'Black Orchid' fragrance advertising campaign. Photographed by Mario Sorrenti ...
1 Photo
By MilanParis MFW

Interview Magazine's Six September Covers

The September issue from Interview Magazine puts the spotlight on six different stars with its Photographers Issue which includes subjects ...
6 Photos
By MilanParis MFW


Tickets for 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for Sale

Concierge services company Cornucopia Events is offering for sale tickets to the 2014 Victoria's Secret fashion show held in ...
1 Photo
By SENATUS News

G-Dragon Wins Best Entertainer and Best Album at 2014 World Music Awards

After an intense online voting competition, Korean singer G-Dragon has emerged as the winner of the 'World's Best Entertainer ...
1 Photo
By SENATUS News

Vogue US September 2014 Cover by Mario Testino

Vogue US has released the full version of its September 2014 cover starring Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss ...
1 Photo
By MilanParis MFW

Salvatore Ferragamo Fall Winter 2014 Campaign

Salvatore Ferragamo creative director Massimiliano Giornetti tapped Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for the Italian fashion house’s fall-winter 2014 ...
3 Photos
By MilanParis MFW


Vera Wang Fall Winter 2014 Campaign

Vera Wang taps model Josephine Le Tutour for her ready-to-wear and bridal advertising campaign for fall-winter 2014. Lens by the ...
8 Photos
By MilanParis MFW

MagnifiSense Fair

MagnifiSense Fair | Magnificence pleasures for the senses | A magnificent luxury event

W: www.magnifisensefair.com
FB: www.facebook.com/magnifisense ...
1 Photo
By Julie A. Al

Seen @ 2014 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Banquet

The 2014 edition of the annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Banquet was held in Beverly Hills, California, attended by ...
10 Photos
By SENATUS Events

Karlie Kloss Fronts CHANEL Coco Noir Campaign

Karlie Kloss is the new spokesperson for CHANEL's Coco Noir fragrance, fronting the upcoming advertising visuals photographed by Sølve ...
2 Photos
By SENATUS News


All Rights Reserved. SENATUS © 2014
 

SENATUS is a registered trademark of SENATUS PTE LTD. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or used otherwise, except as expressly permitted in writing by SENATUS.