Sunday, 24 November 2013

Premier League - Rooney hero and villain as United denied by Cardiff


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Premier League, Cardiff City Stadium - Cardiff City 2 (Campbell 33, Kim 90) Manchester United 2 (Rooney 15, Evra 45).

Eurosport - Wayne Rooney v Cardiff
Wayne Rooney scored one, set one up and survived a clear red card shout as Manchester United were held 2-2 in their Premier League match away at Cardiff City.
Cardiff substitute Bo-Kyung Kim headed in an injury-time equaliser as Cardiff pegged the champions back for the second time in the match.
Rooney should have been sent off after just eight minutes, but scored one and set up Patrice Evra for a second, with Fraizer Campbell equalising in between.
United looked set to win, but Kim struck to earn a share of the points - despite Rooney subsequently making a shocking mess of a gilt-edged chance by choosing to pass instead of shoot when in on goal in the dying seconds.
The draw saw United miss a chance to leapfrog Manchester City and claim fourth place, with City having thrashed Tottenham 6-0 earlier in the day.
Rooney's petulant kick on Jordon Mutch should almost certainly have seen him dismissed after just eight minutes of the match, but referee Neil Swarbrick decided to give him only a yellow. And the England striker made the most of his reprieve, scoring the opening goal with a superb turn-and-shoot move after Antonio Valencia's cross.
Cardiff had been kept out of the match up to that point as United had dominated possession, but Rooney's goal galvanised the hosts as they fought back with some excellent football that resulted in a well-deserved equaliser as former United youth star Campbell was the scorer, taking advantage of a stunning through-ball by Mutch - and some flat-footed defending by Jonny Evans - to finish coolly past David De Gea into the far left corner.
Just before half-time United went ahead as Rooney's corner picked out Patrice Evra, who finished his run into the box with an inch-perfect glancing header that gave David Marshall in the Cardiff goal no chance.
Cardiff seemed destined to lose out after Campbell hit the bar late on, but Peter Whittingham's free-kick picked out Kim and the Korean's perfect header gave Malky Mackay's men a richly-deserved point that helps give them some breathing space ahead of the relegation zone.
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