United Smash Kiev

  • 24 October 2007

Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo helped a dominant Manchester United to a comfortable victory at Dynamo Kiev.

Kiev's defence was poor. Actually to be blunt, they were awful for much of the match. They looked disjointed against a United side whose attacking wave of Carlos Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo and Giggs were a cut above sublime.

And it was the senior member of the quartet, Giggs, who shone the brightest. The Welshman was on hand to deliver a glorious ball from the left for Ferdinand to power in his first Champions League goal for United early in the first half.

Cristiano Ronaldo played an important part in the second goal when he seized on a misplaced ball on the halfway line and sped down the wing. Brown, in support, was fed the ball before laying a low pass into the feet of Rooney who tapped in from six yards.

But their flow was stopped abruptly by a Rincon who powered his header from Carlos Correa's corner.

With the Kiev fans given something to cheer about it was expected the visitors goal would come under severe pressure, but instead United restored their two goal advantage thanks to some more sloppy defending.

Giggs made the most of the free space he was gifted on the left to swing in another perfect cross that Ronaldo, unmarked, headed into the keeper's top right.

A typical United break led to their fourth when Tevez was fed down the right and his cross was handled by Gavrancic. Referee Viktor Kassai had to consult his linesman to see whether the offence was inside the area before awarding the spot-kick. With that drama over, Ronaldo coolly stepped up to score his second.

Bangoura's beautifully struck low drive made sure United were kept on their toes for the last few minutes of their victory.

Man Utd: Van der Sar (Kuszczak 80), Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, O'Shea, Ronaldo, Anderson, Fletcher, Giggs (Simpson 80), Rooney, Tevez (Nani 72).

Subs Not Used: Pique, Eagles.

Goals: Ferdinand 10, Rooney 18, Ronaldo 41, 68 pen.