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05.03.2013 » Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid. Ronaldo goal knocks out United!

Cristiano Ronaldo thanking Manchester United fans at Old Trafford, for their support, chants and tribute given in 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo returned home this Tuesday night, leading Real Madrid to a 1-2 win at Old Trafford, against his former and beloved club, Manchester United. The game's turning point took place near the 57th minute, as Nani was shown a straight red card that allowed for the Merengues to begin the "Remontada". A Sergio Ramos own goal gave the lead to the home side, but Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo responded and sent Real Madrid into the UEFA Champions League quarter finals stage.

Real Madrid is on the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, after beating Manchester United by 1-2 at Old Trafford (2-3 on aggregate), thanks to Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo goals, obtained deep in the second half. The Portuguese player had an highly emotional night, as he met most of his old friends he had left in Manchester several years ago and earned multiple ovations and tributes from the Red Devils fans in the stands. However, all the love and affection from the home fans didn't seem to have bothered Ronaldo much, when it all came down to apply the final blow in the series. CR7 scored the winning goal with roughly still 20 minutes left to be played, becoming once again the UEFA Champions League top goalscorer this season with 8 goals in 8 matches and he will surely look back at this game in the future as one of the most memorable clashes he has ever had.

Cristiano Ronaldo photos in Manchester United vs Real Madrid
Manchester United
1-2 Real Madrid goals and highlights:

Sir Alex Ferguson had alerted that he knew exactly how to stop this Real Madrid side, especially after seeing them running over Barcelona for two times in a row in the past week. If it's true that United had already somehow parked the bus in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu, it seems only fair to say that the Red Devils ended up approaching this second leg with a similar strategy. The Merengues ended the game with a 63% ball possession, but Sir Alex Ferguson knew better than anyone else that giving out the ball to their opponents and defending tight at the back was still the best gameplan he could pick to send his team through in the Champions League.

The first half-half wouldn't bring any goals into the game, but as time was passing by, so was Real Madrid's time window to score a goal that would put them in front for the first time in the series. However, it would be United breaking the deadlock in the 48th minute, in an attacking play preceded of an offside that should have been called against Robin Van Persie. The linesman was caught distracted and Nani would end recovering the ball after a bad clearance from Varane, just before sending in a low cross into a dangerous zone inside Real Madrid's penalty area. The pass was slightly deflected on Welbeck's foot, which tricked Sergio Ramos and forced him to touch the ball back into his own net. Diego López tried to react but there wasn't much he could have done to stop that unfortunate touch and Manchester United had just went one goal up in the game and in the aggregate score.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael da Silva, in Man Utd vs Real Madrid, for the Champions League 2013

The goal seems to have worked as a awakening call to Real Madrid and José Mourinho's men responded immediatly, attempting to put the Red Devils against the ropes in the following minutes. However, one of the key moments in this game would take place in the 57th minute, in a loose ball that Nani tried to reach putting his foot high in the air. The Portuguese winger didn't seem to have spotted Arbeloa coming after the ball and accidentally hit the Spanish right-back in the chest with his studs. The challenge was indeed a bit careless, but the referee's decision of showing Nani a straight red card was most likely also unnecessary and unfair. Who didn't seem to have cared much about the fairness of that decision was José Mourinho, who didn't lose time to read the game and put all his chips on Modric's talent. Roughly two minutes after Nani was sent off, Modric came in to replace Arbeloa and the Merengues saw their game level improving drastically...

A corner-kick given to Real Madrid on the 61th minute would lead to another controversial play, as Higuaín header got blocked by Rafael's arm, just a few inches from the goal line. This time, the referee's decision of not calling a penalty-kick against United and showing the respective red card to Rafael, went clearly to the home side's favour. The Turkish referee Cünet Çakir, would remain on the spotlight later in the game, as United fans claimed for two penalties, first for a handball call against Sergio Ramos and afterwards already near to the final whistle, on another Ramos challenge, this time against Evra. If at least one of those decisions had gone in United's favour, it wouldn't have shocked anyone who was watching this game from a neutral standing point.

Cristiano Ronaldo winning goal in Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid, for the Champions League second leg, in 2013

Before that though, Real Madrid would equalise the game and the series, largely due to Modric's brilliant display. The Croatian, who clearly had his best game ever while wearing a Real Madrid jersey, started commanding his side's attacks as soon as he stepped into the pitch and managed to score a stunner in the 66th minute, with a powerful shot from outside United's penalty area, which De Gea was unable to get his hands at. Everything was tied once again, but Real Madrid surely had at their disposal the momentum factor for the upcoming minutes...

Far from shining as he's used to over the past years, Cristiano Ronaldo was struggling to find enough spaces to set a difference in the game. However, the former Manchester United star wouldn't waste his chance to leave a mark in this game, and would put Real Madrid on the lead for the first time in the series, in the 69th minute of the encounter. The moment that all United fans had nightmares with over the past months was about to happen, as their beloved idol scored the decisive goal at Old Trafford, a goal that would end up knocking out Manchester United from the Champions League dream. Cristiano Ronaldo's immediate reaction after scoring against Manchester United was an apology gesture, similar to the one he had already done at the Santiago Bernabéu, in that Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United on February 13.

With one man down and for the first time trailing in the series, Sir Alex Ferguson finally started taking tactical risks and Manchester United went seeking a goal that would put them back in the discussion. The match opened up for its final minutes, but neither Real Madrid or Manchester United would score anymore, meaning that the Merengues confirmed their presence into the UEFA Champions League next round. A final word of praise for Real Madrid's goalkeeper Diego López, who once again proved to be up for the responsibility of defending the goal of one the biggest clubs in the World. The competition's quarter-finals draw will take place next week, on March 15.

Luka Modric superb goal in Manchester United vs Real Madrid, in 2013

Real Madrid line-up vs Manchester United:

Goalkeeper: Diego López
Defenders: Fábio Coentrão, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Arbeloa
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Modric
Attackers: Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuaín

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Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Real Madrid will be against his former team Manchester United, on March 5, 2013, at Old Trafford and for the UEFA Champions League. You can watch Juventus live stream, Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid, PSG vs Valencia, Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea and Juventus vs Celtic, all matches provided from our soccer live section.

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kick-off time (10-03-2013):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+8: 01:00
(Madrid) | GMT+2: 19:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+1: 18:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-1: 16:00
New York (United States) | GMT-4: 13:00
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-7: 10:00
Beijing (China) | GMT-7: 10:00

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Nani red card foul against Arbeloa, in Manchester United vs Real Madrid, for the Champions League 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric tie their hands at Old Trafford, in Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego López, at the end of Manchester United vs Real Madrid, in 2013

Real Madrid starting eleven against Manchester United, in Champions League second leg in 2013

Manchester United starting eleven against Real Madrid in Champions League second leg in 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo rising above Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, in Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid, in 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo powerful strike at Old Trafford, during his game for Real Madrid against Manchester United

Wayne Rooney and Sergio Ramos heading the ball in the air at the same time

Raphael Varane master tackle against Welbeck, in Manchester United vs Real Madrid, in 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo dribbling Ryan Giggs in Manchester United vs Real Madrid, in 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo sprinting with Rio Ferdinand, in Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid

Manchester United fans showing support messages to Ronaldo, at the Old Trafford game between Man Utd and Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo thanking and applauding Manchester United fans in the stands of Old Trafford, at the end of Manchester United vs Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo not celebrating his goal in Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid, for the Champions League 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo thanking Manchester United fans as they chant his name at Old Trafford, in Manchester United vs Real Madrid, in 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo applauding Manchester United fans in the stands, after receiving an ovation at Old Trafford, in 2013

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