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Owen conquers Manchester

September 20, 2009
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owen celebrates

Incredible match! Although both teams did not play brilliantly from start to finish, the derby match between United and City produced 7 goals in total, and saw both Fletcher and Bellamy score 2 goals a-piece for their respective teams, but in the end it was Michael Owen’s shot which saved the day for United in injury time, and City lost their first game this season in the process, while Tevez did not score but did assist Barry and Bellamy, and was copiously booed by the fans who once used to cheer him in every game he played for United.

Am sure Rob will give us a more detailed post on this match, so here’s a summary of the important actions for the meantime.

Rooney scored the opener for United with barely two minutes played, after Giggs took a quick throw-in with Evra, and the latter managed to squeeze a pass to Rooney who beat two defenders and slotted home between Given’s legs. United were enjoying a large share of possession, but somehow, a defensive error led to City’s equalizer on 16th minute, when Ferdinand allowed the ball to roll back to Foster, but the latter was caught in two minds, allowing Tevez to rob him and feed a pass to Barry who slotted past the diving Vidic. City gained the upper hand since then, but it was still 1-1 at halftime.

Second half started brilliantly again for United, with Fletcher nodding home from a brilliant cross of Giggs on the 49th minute. However yet again United could not hold on as Bellamy scored into the top corner with Tevez assisting him. United continued to dominate, and Fletcher gave them the lead yet again on 80th minute, with another pass by Giggs. But on the 90th minute Bellamy scored again, this time Rio Ferdinand the culprit as he gifted possession to Bellamy near the half-way line, and the Welshman, who is one hell of a runner, took advantage and beat Foster on his right post with an inch perfect shot. While everyone was thinking may be it’s over, a draw the result, Owen, who came on for Berbatov in the last 10 minutes, collected another pass from Giggs in the 5th minute of injury time and coolly slotted past Given, 4-3 United’s favor, and no way back for City.

United however were disappointing today, losing too much possession, and getting caught too easily on City’s counterattacks, with 2 goals for City gifted to them first by Foster for the 1-1, then by Ferdinand for 3-3. Rooney was laborious as usual, but the most unlucky player must be Berbatov, who really should have scored a couple but saw Given thwart him everytime.

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  1. September 20, 2009 4:25 pm

    Anyone who wants to comment on “cheating in adding stoppage time”
    recall Carrick being subbed in, corners, and just to remind both sides got lucky….City had about 4 hands in the box.
    Initially, 4.5 minutes was set; factor in the substitution and you’ve covered Owen’s goal.
    Really passionate play from both sides; some truly quality finishes. Craig Bellamy stepped up well for City, and I personally, am very pleased with the change in pace of the game that Valencia brought.
    This is why I love football. This is why I wake up at 6:30 AM on a Sunday.

  2. September 20, 2009 4:56 pm

    What a match!! I wanted City to win but I’m still happy, it was a superb spectacle!

  3. manu fan permalink
    September 20, 2009 5:18 pm

    The goal in shortage time by city plus the sub plus time wasting by shay given all adds up to around 6 mins extra time. Im not unhappy by the result in any way haha. But Foster, Rio and O’shea’s mistakes were pretty scary.

    • September 20, 2009 5:22 pm

      Rio owes Owen a serious dinner. And bottle of wine. And take out his trash for a week.

    • September 20, 2009 7:49 pm

      Yep u r right since even if we add the time which is around 5.30minutes of added time, Owen scored before that, so still in the time of play and I knw City fans may feel the refs helped United, but they should check again before making any accusations, if they do that is :)

  4. September 20, 2009 5:40 pm

    oh man, given was a beast -berba should at least have a goal today. thank god for owen and giggs. im going to call the welsh wizard – “2nd half giggs” from now on.

  5. September 20, 2009 8:55 pm

    “arghhekl/dh/kwjiedkledklekkqnwhNNAZNMAKKkjkxdjwqlk;LQX,LQX,LMWFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUcuuuuuuuunnnnnn”

    That was the noise i made in the 96th minute

    We’ll never die we’ll never die

    I nearly died in those last minutes. When Owen scored i picked my mate Ben up like Swayze did to Baby in Dirty Dancing. Pure emotion. The whole stadium was bouncing..i can only guess what it looked like on the tv

    Michael Owen in no longer a Scouse. OWEN IS A MANC!!!!!

    and yes i boo-ed that Judas Argentinian..loud and proud

  6. Hush permalink
    September 20, 2009 9:48 pm

    Man City haven’t learnt how to win like their Utd counterparts, but they’ve shown that they can muster a title challenge with some strengthing in January.

    Man Utd winning is never a pleasent site to me, but I can’t help but be pleased for Micheal Owen.
    Game of the season (unless Arshavin gets 5 at Anfield :D)

  7. hizbu permalink
    September 20, 2009 9:56 pm

    i hink its decisions like this that spoil the beautiful game.you cannot justify the amount of time added on.it was simply ballistic

  8. hizbu permalink
    September 20, 2009 9:56 pm

    i think its decisions like this that spoil the beautiful game.you cannot justify the amount of time added on.it was simply ballistic

    • September 20, 2009 10:25 pm

      I think we just did justify the amount of time.

      4.5 Initially stated as a minimum
      Plus Bellamy’s goal
      Plus Carrick substitution
      Plus corners & free kicks
      Plus Shay Given focking about

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