Champions League quarter final second leg
Old Trafford, 10 April 2007
MANCHESTER UNITED 7 (8)
Carrick 12 60, Smith 17, Rooney 19, Ronaldo 44 49, Evra 81
AS ROMA 1 (3)
De Rossi 69
United: Van der Sar; O'Shea (Evra 52), Brown, Rio, Heinze; Ronaldo, Carrick (Richardson 73), Fletcher, Giggs (Solskjaer 61); Rooney, Smith.
Roma: Doni; Panucci, Mexes, Chivu, Cassetti; Pizarro, De Rossi (Faty 86), Vucinic, Wilhelmsson (Rosi 88), Mancini (Okaka Chuka 89); Totti.
United had slipped to defeat in Rome but claimed a crucial away goal. With a semi-final place at stake, the Giallorossi travelled to OT hoping to defend their lead and extend the Reds five-year wait for a last four berth. Sir Alex's men had other ideas...
In a nutshell: The Reds went into the quarter-final trailing 2-1 on aggregate after defeat at the Stadio Olimpico. Wayne Rooney’s away goal provided hope. However, the seven-goal blitz that followed obliterated any talk of this being a tightly-poised tie. The Reds were simply relentless and when Patrice Evra rounded off the scoring you knew this was a European night like no other.
Key moment: Alan Smith hadn’t scored since sustaining a horrible broken leg at Anfield in February 2005. Having been used as a substitute in the weeks leading up to the game, he was handed a starting berth, his first in a European game for 15 months. He rewarded Sir Alex’s faith by netting United's second with a sumptuous volley to really set the ball rolling.
Star man: Michael Carrick opened the scoring with a wonderful long-range strike to bring the Old Trafford crowd to life after Roma started brightly. He turned provider for the second goal with a superb pass in the build-up to Alan Smith’s crucial goal before rifling home another