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11-25-2010, 11:27 PM #1
Rooney scores as Man United enter last 16Wayne Rooney marked his first start for Manchester United in two months with a late winning goal as the English side beat Rangers 1-0 on Wednesday to secure its place in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
The England striker, who has only recently returned from an ankle injury, converted a penalty in the 87th minute after Fabio had been fouled by Steven Naismith to guarantee United a top-two finish in Group C.
It was just his second goal of the season for United, with the other also coming from the penalty spot in a league game against West Ham in August.
Naismith inadvertently kicked Fabio in the face when the Rangers forward tried to clear the ball in his own box, and Rooney calmly slotted the spot kick into the bottom-left corner.
"It took courage for Wayne Rooney to take the penalty," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "It wasn't the easiest night for him having missed couple of chances but that's what you expect with the rustiness in his game. We are pleased for him."
The visitors had done most of the attacking at Ibrox, with Rooney central to many of their moves, but had been denied by wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping.
United needs a point against Valencia, which is three points behind in second, to seal top spot in the group. The defeat eliminates Scottish champion Rangers, which instead goes into the Europa League....being a human...