VIDEO: Rooney stars as Manchester United edge AC Milan in a 5-goal thriller in the Champions League; Makoun stunner leads Lyon past Real Madrid

AC Milan 2 – Manchester United 3 (Champions League, February 16, 2010) (Longer highlights here and Sky Sports highlights here.) Ronaldinho sent the San Siro into raptures after just two minutes against United, Patrice Evra failed with an acrobatic clearance from a Beckham free-kick and Dinho wellied a deflected volley past Van der Sar. United look shellshocked after falling behind, and Ronaldinho almost capitalised with a mesmerising run past Ferdinand only for the bucked-tooth wonder to fall in the box and the ref waved play on. Ten minutes from the break United netted the crucial equaliser as Fletcher whipped in a cross from the right that Paul Scholes missed on the volley but directed into the far corner off his standing leg. David Beckham wasted an opportunity to hit the target with a free-kick from the edge of the United D. (First half highlights here.) Midway through the half, after Rooney had already found his shooting boots, United grabbed a tie-changing second. Valencia, who just came off the bench, raced down the right and sent a cross over to the right where Wayne Rooney rose high to head the ball into the far post. In the 74th minute United sealed a famous night in Milan claiming a third again a forlorn Rossoneri, Fletcher all too easily lofted a ball into the heart of the home area and Wayne Rooney ghosted in to head in his second of the game. With the home crowd heading for the exits sub Clarence Seedorf gave Milan a lifeline scoring with a cheeky backheel after Ronaldinho had worked the space down the left. The match end on a sour note for United as Michael Carrick picked up a needless red card.

Wayne Rooney’s post match interview can be seen here, Sir Alex Ferguson’s here and David Beckham’s interview here.

Lyon 1 – Real Madrid 0 (Champions League, February 16, 2010) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) After a goalless first half (highlights here) in France, Lyon broke the deadlock immediately after the restart as Jean Makoun collected the ball in midfielder raced forward, and with nothing else on he smashed a terrific, swerving 25-yarder past Casillas.


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