Champions League Semi-Final First Leg
Tuesday April 24th 2007
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Ronaldo 6, Rooney 59, 90)
AC MILAN 2
(Kaka 22, 37)
United: Van der Sar; O'Shea, Brown, Heinze, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes; Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs
Milan: Dida; Oddo, Nesta, Maldini (Bonera), Jankulovski; Gattuso (Brocchi), Pirlo, Ambrosini, Seedorf; Kaka, Gilardino (Gourcoff)
Having blown away Roma's first leg lead in the quarter-final decider at Old Trafford, United were again fronted with Italian opposition in the last four of the 2006/07 Champions League. AC Milan, the Reds' conquerors two years previously, arrived in M16 for the first meeting on 24 April 2007...
Action: Sir Alex Ferguson's side flew out of the blocks, Cristiano Ronaldo heading in Ryan Giggs corner just five minutes in, despite the scrambling efforts of visiting goalkeeper Dida. Two superbly-taken goals from Rossoneri talisman Kaka turned the game on its head before Wayne Rooney hauled United level by converting a sublime pass from Paul Scholes. Despite bossing the second half, United looked likely to be held to a frustrating draw until, as injury-time began, one last attack was launched. Ryan Giggs played Rooney through the inside right channel, and the striker obliged by hammering home an unstoppable winner to send Old Trafford into wild scenes of celebration.
Reaction: For all the Reds' efforts at Old Trafford, Champions League glory would have to wait for another year as the Rossoneri swatted aside a jaded United team in the San Siro. Despite that crushing blow, victory over Manchester City three days later saw the Reds prise the Premier League title from Chelsea's