Reds Ease To Victory
Old Trafford, Manchester
Sir Alex Ferguson had to make two changes before the kick-off: Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand were replaced with Darren Fletcher and Wes Brown respectively.
It did not seem to bother United: in the very first minute Rooney released Saha with a fine ball but the Frenchman failed to beat Christiansen.
Quarter of an hour gone, Ronaldo had an excellent chance to score. After Saha's measured pass, the Portuguese winger shot over the bar from the left - it was quite selfish to be honest with Rooney waiting all alone in the middle. Six minutes later, and resilient Copenhagen had their first chance of the game but van der Sar was equal to Allbäck's cross.
After half an hour, Rooney once again threaded a wonderful ball int to path of Saha who shot straight at Christiansen. The visitor's keeper then turned away Carrick's 18-yard effort and it started to be an increasingly frustrating night for the Reds. However, Paul Scholes had other ideas, the little midfielder fired into the net from 20 yards after Saha's lay-off. Ronaldo had a glorious chance to increase the lead but headed wide.
The second half started with O'Shea's fortuitous goal that all but killed off the game. After the hour mark, Alan Smith and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came on and while both of them had good chances it was Richardson who scored the third and final goal. His powerful shot was completely misjudged by the otherwise excellent Christiansen and the ball deflected into the net.
United all but booked their place in the knockout phase - a great relief after last season's European disaster.
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