Manchester Utd. Beats Otelul Galati in Champions League; Real Madrid Wins
Manchester United secured its first win in this season’s Champions League, 2-0 at Otelul Galati, while Real Madrid continued its perfect start with a 4-0 victory against Lyon.
Wayne Rooney got both goals in Bucharest from the penalty spot as United, a three-time European champion, struggled against a Romanian team playing its debut season in European soccer’s elite club competition.
“In a lot of these away games, you have to work hard to get victory,” United coach Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports. “They made life difficult for us. I was satisfied with the result. It was a long night.”
Elsewhere, substitute Sergio Aguero’s injury-time goal gave Manchester City a 2-1 win against Villarreal, Bayern Munich tied 1-1 at Napoli, while Inter Milan beat Lille 1-0. Ajax won 2-0 at Dinamo Zagreb, Benfica beat Basle 2-0, and CSKA Moscow defeated Trabzonspor 3-0.
United played the last 23 minutes yesterday with 10-men after defender Nemanja Vidic was shown a red card on his first appearance for the Premier League team since August. Otelul’s Milan Perendija was dismissed in the 88th minute.
The visitor, entering the match against the group’s bottom team with draws in its opening two matches, was unable to create many chances in a scoreless first half.
United had its best chance after 41 minutes, but Michael Carrick fired high over the bar. Earlier, Ioan Filip came close for Otelul, which has to play its Champions League games in Bucharest as its stadium doesn’t meet the competition’s standards.
The breakthrough came on 64 minutes when Sergiu Costin handled the ball. Rooney sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.
Three minutes later, Vidic was sent-off for a foul on Gabriel Giurgiu, but the Romanians were unable to take advantage. Milan Perendija was then dismissed after receiving a second yellow card.
Nani came close to doubling United’s lead as he hit a post late on, before Rooney secured the win with another penalty in injury time.
United moves second in Group C on five points, two behind Benfica -- which won at Basle on goals from Bruno Cesar and Oscar Cardozo. Basle has four points, with Otelul without a point after its third straight defeat.
It is the third straight year Madrid has met Lyon in the competition, with the Spanish team defeating Lyon in the round of 16 last time.
In Zagreb, Derk Boerrigter and Christian Eriksen gave Ajax a win that puts it level with Lyon on four points. Dinamo Zagreb has yet to earn a point.
Napoli ended Bayern Munich’s perfect start in Group A, with a Holger Badstuber own goal canceling out Toni Kroos’s early opener for the Germans.
In Manchester, Aguero tapped in from close range to give City its first win. The hosts had rallied from a goal behind at halftime after trailing in only the third minute to a Cani goal. Carlos Marchena put the ball into his own net near the start of the second half.
In Group A, Bayern has seven points, Napoli five, City four, with Villarreal on zero.
Inter Milan, the 2010 champion, tops Group B after a Giampaolo Pazzini goal at Lille after 21 minutes. The Italians have more points from three Champions League games than six matches in Serie A, in which the team is struggling in 17th spot.
CSKA won the group’s other game yesterday, with two goals from Seydou Doumbia and one from Aleksandrs Cauna.
Inter has six points, CSKA and Trabzonspor have four, with Lille on two.
Among today’s games, Marseille hosts Arsenal, Barcelona faces Viktoria Plzen, and Valencia is at Bayer Leverkusen.