Rooney-inspired United win
LONDON: Two headers from Wayne Rooney helped Manchester United to a 3-2 victory
at AC Milan, while Lyon
beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
United came from behind to win at the San Siro and spoil David Beckham’s first ever appearance against his old club after the former England captain had provided the freekick that led to Milan’s early goal.
United defender Patrice Evra half cleared Beckham’s free kick and the ball came to Ronaldinho who scored with a deflected shot. Paul Scholes equalised with a 36th minute miskick from Darren Fletcher’s cross.
Veteran United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar had to make top quality saves from Andrea Pirlo’s long range free kick and Ronaldinho’s curling drive before Rooney struck twice at the other end. He headed home a cross by Antonio Valencia in the 66th minute before heading home again in the 74th.
Clarence Seedorf added
a second for Milan in the 85th minute but the seven-time European champion need a convincing win at Old Trafford to make it to the quarter-finals.
While the game in Milan was a five-goal thriller,
Lyon beat Madrid for
the third time in a row thanks to a solo strike by Jean II Makoun in the 47th minute. The Cameroon midfielder went on a run inside the Madrid half, reached the edge of the area and fired a looping shot over the head of goalkeeper Iker Casillas.