Sunday, May 1, 2011

Soccer: United end Schalke run in semi

The oldest player of goals in the Champions League, when he entered Manchester United forward Ryan Giggs.Second half goals from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney giving United semi-final EdgeSchalke at home for the first time this season champions LeagueUnited beaten have never a German team in the two-leg in the TournamentAlex, the Ferguson take beaten United in a third final in four years

(CNN) --Manchester United took a big step towards the UEFA Champions League final for the third time in four years as the English team of Schalke's 100% home record this season in Europe's top club competition on Tuesday ended.Second half goals from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney gave United a 2-0-win in Germany before the next Wednesday second leg of the semi-final at Old Trafford.It would have a much larger margin than goalkeeper Manuel Neuer exploits performed the match keep scoreless for more than an hour, while United defense grant still way at home in the tournament this season.But Rooney Giggs clearly with a clever pass set and the 37-year-old past new slipped the ball with his preferred left foot in the 67th minute several earlier misses by the Welsh compensate for.Neville: Arsenal travel is the hardest testWe must realize that we play a team dominated in another dimension--Schalke Christoph MetzelderGiggs was the oldest player to score in the tournament, surpassing Javier Zanetti October efforts in the fight against Tottenham almost three months.England striker Rooney doubled the lead after Javier Hernandez to the static defense stifled Schalke three minutes later and pushed the ball in his way."We are pleased, but a bit disappointed at not more achieved," Rooney told reporters. "We have done very well." We have professional for the second stage, cannot be taken lightly as Schalke. "She went to inter and won 5-2 (in the quarter-final)."New, who announced that he will extend not his contract at the Schalke and allegedly movement Bayern Munich, had a season previously shown, why so many Clubs--including Vereinigten--were associated with the 25-year old.The international Germany denied Giggs twice in the first half and also by Hernandez stored and then Michael Carrick gave header just after the break.Giggs did embarrassed with his weaker right foot after a clever turn two defenders, drive then Hernandez ruled past new in the 51st was away from the ball minute."Envious" Ferguson will according to Real MadridAccording to United manager Alex Ferguson finally comfortably ahead went, Hernandez, could rest Park JI-Sung and most of Sunday's trip to Rooney English Premiership rivals arsenal.It was the 69-year-old Scot centenary tie in Europe as Manager, as he searches for 1999 Champions League title and 2008 a fourth European Crown as a whole give to United.United have every reason to reach the final, played on 28 may on home soil in London's Wembley Stadium.However the English masters of the 18 have beaten never a German team in four two-legged relations so far in the competition, Bayern in the last year's quarter-finals was defeated."We must recognize that we play a team dominated in another dimension," Schalke Defender Christoph Metzelder said. "We still hope, anything is possible." "We will try to do everything in the Old Trafford win."The winning team will be for a title match against Spanish giants Barcelona or Real Madrid, progress, who clash in the first leg of their semifinal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.United 2-0 to Barcelona lost in the 2009 final in Rome.In the meantime, Stoke City moved up to ninth place with a 3-0-victory over relegation threatened Wolverhampton in Tuesday's only Premier League fixture.Striker Kenwyne Jones opened the scoring with a header after 16 minutes, while defender of Ryan Shawcross made 2-0 from the field in half close it, before winger Jermaine pennant soon after the break with a deflected effort sure made it.Stoke winger Matthew Etherington could, however, the FA Cup final against Manchester City on 14 may after will miss stretchered in the first half with a hamstring injury.The defeat second from bottom with four games to play wolves links. source:Cnn-Sport

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