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25 November 2008 El Madrigal | 22,529

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41Lopez
17Ventayellow card
2Rodriguez
20Fuentesyellow card
5Capdevilared card
19Cazorla
19Sennasub21
6Egurenyellow card
8Piressub14
11Ibagaza
22Rossisub10
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1Viera
3Edmilson
10Francosub22
12Cygan
14Fernandezsub8
18Lopez
21Brunosub19
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29Kuszczak
22O'Shea
5Ferdinand
6Evans
3Evrayellow card
7Ronaldoyellow card
24Fletchersub28
8Anderson
16Carricksub32
17Nanisub7
10Rooney
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1Foster
2Rafael
15Vidic
28Gibsonsub24
11Giggs
7Parksub17
32Tevezsub16

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25/11/2008 21:50, Report by Adam Bostock
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Patrice Evra, after he brought down Ariel Ibagaza.

Lopez had to make three more saves as the game approached half-time - one straightforward from Fletcher after Rooney chested down Nani's cross, and two athletic efforts to deny Ronaldo. The first of these was a stunning finger-tip save to push an equally excellent shot onto the crossbar; the final stop demonstrated good reactions as he saw Ronaldo's free-kick late but still managed to smuggle it wide. Sebastian Eguren saw yellow for the foul leading to the setpiece.

Villarreal were forced into a change at the break, bringing Bruno on for Marcos Senna. The substitute's first telling contribution, a left-wing cross aimed for Rossi, was decisively headed away by Evra.

Ronaldo resumed his duel with Diego Lopez when he drove in a menacing shot that bounced just before the keeper saved it. When Rooney went for the rebound and fell in the area, there were appeals from both sides – from Ronaldo for a penalty and from Villarreal’s defenders for a booking to punish what they saw as a dive. The referee made neither call but did produce a card for Ronaldo moments later, apparently for dissent after a separate incident. Fuentes joined Ronaldo in the book for a foul on Rooney; play was waved on to allow Fletcher a shot that he dragged wide.

With the game opening up around the hour mark, Anderson twice hit low shots straight at the keeper and Rooney chipped one wide – both players benefiting from Fletcher’s neat approach play. Another Rooney shot, on the turn following Carrick's penetrative pass, found a familiar fate - well saved by Lopez.

The Reds enjoyed some luck when Santi Cazorla bent a glorious cross in behind the defence and only just failed to get a connection from Rossi and his cohorts. Villarreal were then fortunate when Rooney's centre

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