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Rooney (47), Dawson (OG 73), Berbatov (82)

27 December 2009 KC Stadium 24,627

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13Myhill
15Mendy
24Zayatte
6Gardner
3Dawsongoal
14Garciasub29
44Olofinjana
20Boatengsub10
10Hunt
7Fagangoal
9Altidoresub23
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8Barmby
10Geovannisub20
12Duke
17Kilbane
23Ghilassub9
29Vennegoor o...sub14
45Cairney
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29Kuszczak
2Rafaelyellow card
6Brown
15Vidic
3Evrayellow card
7Valenciasub7
16Carrick
24Fletcher
11Giggssub25
9Berbatovgoal
10Rooneygoal
Subs:
1Foster
20Fabio
7Owen
7Parksub7
25Obertansub11
30De Laet
19Welbeck

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It then took a brave last-ditch challenge from Bernard Mendy to block Rooney's powerful effort after a goalmouth melee, but the hosts hit back with two close calls of their own. Firstly, Brown was fortunate to escape censure for a penalty area challenge on Richard Garcia, before Tomasz Kuszczak was forced into a smart low stop from Seyi Olofinjana's 30-yard effort.

An entertaining game continued apace, end to end. Myhill palmed over Rooney's powerful left-footer, while Kuszczak again had to be alert to turn away a close-range volley from the onrushing Olofinjana. There was even a touch of farce about the next opening, as Myhill sliced a routine clearance so badly, its backspin prevented Giggs from firing off a shot. Although the winger did reach the ball and pull it back into the melee, Hull eventually contrived to clear.

With the game increasingly stretched as both teams surrendered possession by turn, Stephen Hunt sidefooted wastefully off-target when played in by Olofinjana, before Berbatov smashed a shot high into Myhill's side-netting after springing the hosts' offside trap. The Reds' clearest chance of the half, however, surprisingly fell to Rafael.

The Brazilian surged from deep inside his own half and fed Rooney, before continuing his run. When Carrick's subsequent pass dissected the home defence, Rafael unleashed a left-footed shot and only a magnificent left-handed save from Myhill kept the scoresheet blank.

Just when it seemed that the interval would be reached without a goal, the Reds moved ahead. Fletcher rescued an errant Berbatov cross and, as Hunt stood off him, the Scot curled in a superb low cross from the right wing. Although Giggs missed it with an attempted flick, Rooney was on hand to turn it in from close range.

Not that the goal galvanised the Reds for the second half, however. Although in apparent comfort,

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