Manchester United's ambition to make sure ticket to the round of 16 must be delayed. A 2-2 draw at home to Benfica at Old Trafford Stadium to make sure the Red Devils through from Group C shall be determined until the final matchday.
Up to five games that have been passed, Benfica became the first team to qualify ensure the meeting of two other competitors. In addition, the two teams will face each other underneath the final matchday. Basel is slim 3-2 win over Otelul Galati ranks third with one point difference from Man United's shift to the same sequence two though with Benfica point .
Man United was actually hoping to make sure these tickets on Matchday 5. No wonder Sir Alex Ferguson's squad is a direct hit since the beginning. However, they are surprised by the quick attack Benfica at the beginning of the game. Action has been running for three minutes, the Red Devils left after Phil Jones was forced to commit suicide.
Starting from the kick Nicolas Gaitan, Jones tried to block it, but the ball just shot into his own net. Goalkeeper David De Gea could not do what his goal conceded by their own colleagues.
The hosts tried to react, but Benfica gave strict resistance. Benfica neat game is often inconvenient and even Man United's defense. Only in the 17th minute, the Red Devils got a pretty good chance. Nani's free kick near the penalty box towards goal. However, Benfica goalkeeper, Artur, was able to catch the ball.
Red Devils continue to try to suppress. They have control of the ball to 60 percent. However, Benfica's defense is very tight, but they also had a dangerous attack.
However, in the 29th minute, Dimitar Berbatov equalized.
# This is Berbatov's first goal since the 1262 minutes in the Champions League. Recently he scored against Celtic Glasgow in 2008.
After a 1-1 draw in the first half, Man United try to suppress after the break. However, Benfica did not want to lose. They gave fierce resistance to the Premier League champions last season.
In the 59th minute, Man United finally back ahead to 2-1 for the host.
Unfortunately for Man United, their superiority did not last long after Pablo Aimar flick Rio Ferdinand take advantage of an error in the ball, managed to change the score back to 2-2 two minutes later.
Thus, Man United's match against Basel will determine the pace both teams advance to the next round. While Benfica quite benefited with the advantages of meeting and make sure ticket to the round of 16.