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Kim Bo-Kyung headed a stoppage-time equaliser as Cardiff City claimed a 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw against Manchester United.
After Wayne Rooney had given the visitors a 15th-minute lead, Fraizer Campbell levelled matters for the hosts, only for David Moyes' men to restore their lead thanks to Patrice Evra’s header from Rooney's 45th-minute corner. However, substitute Kim darted in front of the France full-back to produce a similar finish from Peter Whittingham's free-kick in injury time – the midfielder's deliveries having caused United problems all afternoon.
A rapturous Cardiff City Stadium held its breath and then rejoiced as Rooney passed up a late chance to steal the points as Moyes' men finished a frantic weekend of Barclays Premier League action in sixth position, seven points behind leaders Arsenal.
Jordon Mutch was preferred in the Cardiff midfield to Aron Gunnarsson, with Campbell leading the line against his former club, while Robin van Persie's absence due to a groin injury meant that Javier Hernandez partnered Rooney in attack for United.
The England striker had an effort blocked and Mutch saw his header saved before the two came together in the first-half's early flashpoint for which Rooney was booked. Rooney was subsequently the beneficiary when an error from Cardiff defender Ben Turner resulted in the champions taking a 15th-minute lead. Turner's loose pass was collected by Antonio Valencia and the Ecuador winger's cross was touched on by Hernandez for Rooney to check back and find the net, via a deflection off Gary Medel.
Marouane Fellaini drew a superb save from David Marshall when he headed Adnan Januzaj’s 20th-minute free-kick goalwards, but the young playmaker then erred near his own area, leading to Peter Odemwingie lashing the ball over the crossbar.
Cardiff equalised in the 33rd minute when Whittingham and Mutch combined in midfield and the latter released Campbell for a composed finish.
Campbell, Don Cowie and Whittingham all fired over for the hosts as United laboured in defence of set-pieces, although they demonstrated no such problems attacking them when Evra glanced in Rooney’s left-wing corner on the stroke of the interval.
Rooney's dead-ball deliveries continued to torment Cardiff upon the resumption and Marshall was at full stretch to deny Fellaini before beating away a header from Chris Smalling. Malky Mackay's team responded once more and Campbell sent an audacious lob against De Gea's crossbar after Tom Cleverley had given away possession, with the rebound narrowly evading Mutch.
United might have earned some breathing space when Rooney headed Valencia’s 59th-minute cross over, while Whittingham sent a first-time effort just wide from distance six minutes later and Cleverley almost diverted a free-kick from the same player into his own net.
Danny Welbeck shot over 10 minutes from time and the United substitute was to rue his profligacy when Kim stole in to snatch a share of the spoils, as Cardiff edged three points clear of the relegation zone.
Rooney could still have won it when he latched on to a ball over the top, but he elected to square the ball to Welbeck rather than shoot and scuffed his intended pass into the grateful path of Marshall.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay: "We played really well. That is the most complete first-half performance this season and we were playing against the champions.
"The belief to play like we did against a team like Manchester United. and press them high - that gives me the most pleasing aspect. It was a lovely goal [from Fraizer Campbell] and he almost scored a better one [with the chip]. He has got a second chance. He had had a really bad injury and we managed to get him."
Manchester United manager David Moyes: "I'm disappointed we didn't take three points. Cardiff made game of it and put us under pressure. We gave away a silly free-kick which led to their second goal and didn't defend it well enough. Danny Welbeck had brilliant chance to make it 3-1."
"That's two points dropped in this game and two points dropped in the Southampton game and that can be costly. We've got ourselves to blame [for that]."
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