yardımcı hakemler: joergen jepsen (den), torben jensen (den)
4. hakem: michael svendsen (den)
villarreal: sebastián viera (gk), gonzalo rodríguez, rodolfo arruabarrena, diego forlán, josico (dk. 46 alessio tacchinardi), antonio guayre (dk. 66 luciano figueroa), juan pablo sorín, héctor font (dk. 70 roger garcía), jan kromkamp, quique álvarez (c), marcos senna
yedekler: mariano barbosa (gk), antonio valencia, santi cazorla, juan manuel peña
teknik direktör: manuel pellegrini (chi)
man. united: edwin van der sar (gk), gabriel heinze (dk. 33 kieran richardson), rio ferdinand, cristiano ronaldo (dk. 80 ryan giggs), wayne rooney, ruud van nistelrooy (dk. 80 park ji-sung), alan smith, paul scholes (c), john o'shea, darren fletcher, mikaël silvestre
yedekler: tim howard (gk), liam miller, phil bardsley, gerard piqué
teknik direktör: sir alex ferguson (sco)
sarı kartlar: dk. 41 gonzalo rodríguez, dk. 52 héctor font (villarreal) dk. 43 kieran richardson, dk. 55 alan smith (man. united)
kırmızı kartlar: dk. 64, 64 wayne rooney (man. united)
villarreal make solid start published: thursday 15 september 2005, 0.55cet villarreal cf 0-0 manchester united fc
the spanish side made a fine debut against visitors who were reduced to ten men by wayne rooney's dismissal.
by graham hunter from el madrigal
villarreal cf made a solid debut in the uefa champions league by holding their vastly more experienced group d rivals manchester united fc to an entertaining, but goalless, draw. rooney off the home team could even have taken all three points against opponents who played the last 26 minutes with ten men following the dismissal of wayne rooney for two yellow cards in quick succession. villarreal pressed the visitors back for much of the final 20 minutes, but eventually had to settle for a stalemate.
riquelme ruled out villarreal coach manuel luis pellegrini chose not to gamble on juan román riquelme's ankle ligament strain, instead opting for héctor font on the right of midfield and the spaniard took to the task with relish, causing the visitors difficulties in and around edwin van der sar's penalty area throughout the first period. united, meanwhile, opted to play with only three in midfield - paul scholes, darren fletcher and alan smith – plus three forwards. inevitably the game was extremely open as a result and kept the capacity crowd enthused throughout.
early opportunities however, sir alex ferguson's side showed their experience and while villarreal pushed forward consistently, it was united who looked more likely to score first in the early exchanges. an eleventh-minute deflection off marcos senna's boot left the ball tantalisingly in the path of cristiano ronaldo, restored to the team after a family bereavement, but mario sebastián viera rushed out to smother. the uruguayan goalkeeper then produced a fine diving save to keep out mikaël silvestre's downward header from scholes's corner.
crucial clearance ten minutes later united had to make their first change when gabriel heinze, who had been carrying an ankle injury, collided with jan kromkamp. kieran richardson replaced him and instantly created danger, winning a free-kick from gonzalo rodríguez. viera failed to gather the ensuing set-piece and, with the keeper helpless, ruud van nistelrooij looked certain to register – only for gonzalo to clear centimetres in front of an unguarded net with an acrobatic overhead kick.
superb stop if united could count themselves unlucky on that occasion, van der sar had already been forced into a world-class stop to keep the scores blank. antonio guayre's run and clever cross was ingeniously flicked on by juan pablo sorín's heel and rodolfo arruabarrena's firm volley looked destined for the back of the net, only for the dutch international to spring across his goal and prevent his team falling behind.
viera excellence against his former club, villarreal striker diego forlán was starved of clear chances but from sorín's 50th-minute pass he curved a right-footed effort narrowly wide. then the engaging duel between viera and van nistelrooij had its second episode when, from ronaldo's header, the dutchman swivelled and shot from four metres out but the custodian again blocked superbly.
rooney sees red the match was becoming increasingly fractious, with a flurry of fouls and yellow cards breaking up the play. the period culminated in the dismissal of rooney four minutes past the hour. the english international was shown a yellow card for fouling quique álvarez and reacted by sarcastically applauding the referee's decision, which brought a second booking.
fortunate escape the home side strove to make the numerical advantage count in the closing stages and came closest when senna's free-kick was deflected against his own crossbar by rio ferdinand. although they were unable to fashion a breakthrough, villarreal still have every reason to be satisfied with their night's work.