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Wednesday 06 March 2013

Ten-man Manchester United exit Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo scores decisive goal for Real Madrid after Nani's red card at Old Trafford

  • Nani celebrates Sergio Ramos's own goal that opened the scoring

  • The United winger's fortunes and those of his team changed with his red card

  • Ryan Giggs was appearing in his 1,000th professional match

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.

UEFA Champions League round of 16

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)

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Key Points

  • Cristiano Ronaldo's goal gives Real Madrid a 2-1 win, knocking Manchester United out of UEFA Champions League
  • United took lead through Sergio Ramos own goal but had Nani sent off
  • Luka Modric equalised and Ronaldo made it 3-2 on aggregate for Spanish champions