Wednesday 06 March 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal against his former side as Manchester United were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night, losing 2-1 at home to Real Madrid and 3-2 on aggregate at the round-of-16 stage.
Having edged a cagey first half at Old Trafford, United took the lead when Sergio Ramos put Danny Welbeck's shot into his own net in the 48th minute. But the momentum in the tie shifted eight minutes later when United winger Nani, who was a shock inclusion ahead of Wayne Rooney in the starting XI by manager Sir Alex Ferguson and had created the opening goal, was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.
Madrid began to dominate and former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric, who had come on as a substitute, levelled the scored with a 25-yard shot 10 minutes after the red card.
Ronaldo gave the visitors the lead when he converted Gonzalo Higuain's cross at the far post three minutes later and, although United, for whom Ryan Giggs appeared in his 1,000th professional match, forced goalkeeper Diego Lopez to make a couple of good saves, they could not find a way back.
The Barclays Premier League's only remaining representative in the UEFA Champions League is Arsenal, who must overcome a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich in Germany a week on Wednesday to stay in the competition.
Tuesday 5 March
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Dortmund win 5-2 on agg.)
Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid (2-3)
Wednesday 6 March
Juventus v Celtic (3-0)
Paris Saint-Germain v Valencia (2-1)
Tuesday 12 March
Barcelona v AC Milan (0-2)
Schalke v Galatasaray (1-1)
Wednesday 13 March
Bayern Munich v Arsenal (3-1)
Malaga v Porto (0-1)