Manchester United 4 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen

Match info: Champions League - Group A at Old Trafford

Date: 17/09/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: D Skomina Att: 74,000

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Man Utd

Wayne Rooney 22,70
Robin van Persie 59
Antonio Valencia 79



Simon Rolfes 54
Omer Toprak 88

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • The full-time whistle goes and Man Utd have beaten Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 to get off to a winning start in Group A and give David Moyes a perfect debut in the competition. Rooney was the star as he scored twice to bring up 200 goals for the club.

  • Terrible miss! It is too late to really matter but Van Persie has just outdone Rooney with a shocking miss. Valencia fired in another fierce cross from the right and Van Persie made contact just a couple of yards away from an open goal, but somehow managed to turn it wide.

  • GOAL! Toprak reduces Leverkusen's arrears late on as De Gea flaps at a corner and is unable to prevent Reinartz from crashing a header against the crossbar. Toprak reacts quickest from the rebound to poke the ball home.

  • Leverkusen enjoy a rare foray into United territory before Boenisch's cross is intercepted by a Ferdinand header.

  • The Man Utd fans rise to applaud Rooney following a wonderful performance as he goes off to be replaced by Hernandez.

  • It is all one-way traffic now as United begin to enjoy themselves with some sparkling passing exchanges.

  • Another change for Man Utd as Cleverley replaces the impressive Fellaini for the closing ten minutes.

  • GOAL! Man Utd extend their lead to 4-1 with a fabulous breakaway goal from Valencia. Young leads a sweeping counter-attack down the left before playing in Rooney through the centre. Rooney provides the killer pass through to Valencia and he smashes a low shot past Leno from the edge of the area.

  • Leverkusen make two more changes as Kruse and Derdiyok replace Kiessling and Sam.

  • Valencia again goes for power rather than precision as he drives in a cross from the right which lacks the finesse to unsettle Bayer's back line.

  • Leverkusen get a free-kick 25 yards from goal but Sam's curling effort lacks the power to trouble De Gea and it is a comfortable save.

  • Kiessling had been identified as one of the major threats tonight but he has been starved of service and has really struggled to impose himself on the game.

  • Man Utd have been helped by some poor defending from Leverkusen, and some good luck for the first goal, but it has been a decent performance overall and Moyes will be delighted if they finish the job tonight. Meanwhile, Young has come on for Kagawa.

  • GOAL! De Gea launches a long ball forward which Leverkusen are unable to deal with and it falls for Rooney to run through on goal. He missed a great chance earlier but there is no mistake here as he coolly lifts his shot over the onrushing Leno and in at the near post to give United a cushion at 3-1. It is also a landmark moment for Rooney as it brings up 200 goals for Man Utd.

  • De Gea is called into action to make a smart save from Bender's fierce 20-yard strike.

  • Valencia is released down the right following good play by Van Persie and Rooney, but his shot from the edge of the area is deflected wide by the heel of Boenisch.

  • Rooney steps up to take the free-kick but his powerful strike crashes into Can on the end of the defensive wall.

  • Donati's mistimed challenge on Van Persie gives United a free-kick in a central position just a few yards outside the area.

  • Hamburg make their first change of the night as Son is replaced by Bender, who is a key player for the Bundesliga side and only started among the substitutes because of recent injury problems.

  • Sam drills a cross-field pass out to Boenisch, who plays a one-two with Sam before blazing a wild shot high into the stands.


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