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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Christiano Ronaldo Laser Dsitraction against Lyon Video Clip

Cristiano Ronaldo gets a laser/strong light in his eyes against Lyon, which could have had an effect..

Lyon Vs. Manchester United Highlight Video Clip (Version 2)


UEFA probe as laser is aimed at Ronaldo

United’s evening in Lyon got off to a bizarre start when Ferguson’s staff noticed that what seemed to be a laser was being shone into the eye of Cristiano Ronaldo from the crowd during the warm-up.
United reported the matter to UEFA but the problem appeared to continue during the first half of the game at the Stade de Gerland.
Ferguson said: “We reported what was happening to UEFA before the game because we noticed what was going on.
“UEFA tried to deal with it but I’m not sure what happened after that.”
Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail

Benzema: We'll fight for it

Lyon goalscorer Karim Benzema concedes that United are "big favourites" to go through to the quarter finals after snatching a late away goal at Stade Gerland on Wednesday.

However, the powerful 20-year-old forward has vowed to push the Reds all the way in the return leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday 4 March.

"United were big favourites but we showed we can compete with them and we'll go to Old Trafford to win," he told

"Even if we know it'll be tough, we believe we can do it. United are one of the biggest clubs in Europe, yet they are the ones going home feeling happy with a draw."

Lyon were sturdy in defence and even if they were only occasionally threatening going forward, Benzema says the performance has given the team the lift they needed after some inconsistent form domestically.

"This performance will give us a lift because we'd dug ourselves into a bit of a hole," he added. "We hadn't really been playing as a team in the past few weeks but we showed we can still be a strong side when we work hard for each other." Read more...

Vidic: It felt like victory

United's hard work in a tough match against Lyon was rewarded with a late goal that Nemanja Vidic says made the 1-1 first-leg draw feel like victory.

The Reds enjoyed large periods of dominance against the French Ligue 1 leaders, but Lyon's impressive 20-year-old forward Karim Benzema hit a wonderful opener on 54 minutes.

The goal came against the run of play, and momentarily knocked the United players out of their rhythm.

However, substitutes Nani and Carlos Tevez gave United an attacking edge. And it was from Lyon's failure to clear a Nani cross that Tevez was able to fire home the equaliser three minutes from time.

"Lyon have some good players and Benzema caused us some problems," Vidic said after the match. "But scoring near the end makes it feel a little bit like a victory."

Vidic praised the influence of Tevez and Nani and says it is a sign of the squad's strength in depth.

"Nani and Tevez made a big difference when they came on," Vida added. "We are capable of finishing games strongly because we have so much strength on the bench." Read more...

Gallas clash over with

Sir Alex Ferguson is happy to draw a line under William Gallas’ actions in United’s FA Cup win over Arsenal, but feels the defender escaping punishment for kicking Nani will disappoint plenty of other clubs.

Referee Alan Wylie has watched the incident again on tape, but declined to include the defender’s kick in his report – thus the FA will take no further action.

“It’s hard to assess,” Sir Alex said at a press conference in Lyon. “There will be a lot of clubs disappointed because they’ve had players suffer from a retrospective view of incidents. It was a tough game for Alan Wylie, and he’d probably had enough. He was probably quite happy to put a marker under it and get a rest for the rest of this week.”

A fiery encounter saw Emmanuel Eboue sent off for the Gunners. And although Sir Alex insists there were other offences – including Gallas’ – that could have warranted the same punishment, he's happy to draw a line under the incident.

“It was very difficult in the second half,” he said. “There could have been three or four red cards for Arsenal. The important thing is everybody’s been made aware of the incident. We don’t need to answer to it, and we’re happy to leave it now.” Read more...