Thursday, August 04, 2005

[manchesterunited_rulez] Digest Number 289

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1. Antwerp Hit For Six
From: Larry Cai <>


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Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 06:13:04 +0800 (CST)
From: Larry Cai <>
Subject: Antwerp Hit For Six

Antwerp Hit For Six By Rampant Reds

Pre-season Friendly
Royal Antwerp 1
Manchester United 6
Bosuil Stadium, Belgium

A Ruud van Nistelrooy hat-trick gave United a well deserved 6-1 victory over Royal Antwerp in Belgium on Wednesday night but the victory was marred by injuries to Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rooney limped off the field just minutes before full-time after appearing to twist his right ankle following a challenge inside the area, while Ronaldo also needed treatment on an ankle knock.

United had earlier raced into a 5-0 half-time lead thanks to van Nistelrooy's treble plus goals from Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Dutch striker opened the scoring after just 12 minutes following good work from Ronaldo. Four minutes later, Scholes added another thanks to a deflected left-foot shot from the edge of the box.

Van Nistelrooy grabbed his second from the penalty spot soon after, before Ronaldo fired home an unstoppable angled-drive after being put through by Rooney.

Van Nistelrooy completed his hat-trick via a deflected free-kick right on the stroke of half-time.

Antwerp grabbed a consolation goal from the penalty spot just after the restart after Rio Ferdinand was harshly adjudged to have committed a foul in the box. Guest player Francis Severyns sent van der Sar the wrong way to make it 5-1 to United.

The Reds notched their sixth of the evening on the hour-mark through Darren Fletcher, who side-footed home after good work from Rooney down the left.

United starting line-up: Van der Sar, G. Neville, Ferdinand, Silvestre, O'Shea, Fletcher, Keane, Scholes, Ronaldo, Rooney, van Nistelrooy.

Report by Gemma Thompson.

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