Man United gets a draw in Spain

Manchester United scored a valuable away goal to secure a 1-1 draw against José Mourinho's Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday.

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Manchester United's striker Danny Welbeck (L) heads the ball to score the opening goal in yesterday’s match against Real Madrid in Madrid. AFP


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Man United gets a draw in Spain

By Nick Morrison (AFP) 

Manchester United scored a valuable away goal to secure a 1-1 draw against José Mourinho's Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday.

England striker Danny Welbeck escaped from his marker Sergio Ramos after 20 minutes to head United in front from a Wayne Rooney corner won by Shinji Kagawa in what was their first attack of the game.

Mourinho's side had started the stronger and they were straight back on the front foot, talismanic striker and former United star Cristiano Ronaldo drawing the hosts level on the half-hour mark.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball to level the score against Manchester United in Madrid. AFP

The Portuguese striker seemed to hang in the air an age before planting a bullet header from Angel Di Maria's cross on the left past De Gea from 12 yards out for his seventh Champions League goal of the season.

Ronaldo's spring-heeled leap left United's Patrice Evra flat-footed and must have reminded Ferguson of the talent he once had at his disposal at Old Trafford.

United could have edged back in front within three minutes after Welbeck got his studs to a viciously-whipped ball in from the left by Robin van Persie, but Diego Lopez got a hand to it and pushed it behind for a corner.

In the second half both side's fashioned gilt-edged chances with an on-form David De Gea saving from Sami Khedira on the hour-mark before Lopez pushed a Robin Van Persie effort onto his crossbar.

The Dutch striker immediately had a second chance to steal a second away goal for United but his miskicked shot past Lopez was cleared off the line by Xabi Alonso.

With a three-week break before the return leg at Old Trafford on March 5, Ferguson was cautious in his post-match comments, but he will know United now have an excellent chance of progressing to the quarter-finals in early April.

"There were chances at both ends," Ferguson said. "De Gea's made some great saves for us but we've created some great chances.

Ferguson was full of praise for his former player Cristiano Ronaldo.

"What a header – you can't stop that," the United boss said of Ronaldo's bullet after 30 minutes.

draw – a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points เสมอกัน
valuable – very useful or important มีความหมาย, สำคัญ, มีราคา
secure – to get or achieve something ได้รับ, ทำให้ได้ผล
leg – one part of a competition ผลัดหนึ่งในเกมการแข่งขันกีฬา
clash – a fight between groups of people, in this case, a sports competition การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
stadium – a large closed area of land with rows of seats around the sides and often with no roof which is used for sports events and musical performances สนามกีฬาที่มีอัฒจันทร์โดยรอบ
striker – a football player whose job is to stay near the opponent’s goal and to score goals ศูนย์หน้าตัวเป้า
marker – a player whose job is to defend against an opponent ผู้ป้องกัน
talisman – an object that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck  เครื่องราง, สิ่งนำโชค
talismanic – of someone/something that seems have magical powers
draw level – to equalise; to cause both teams to have the same score ทำให้เท่ากัน, ตีเสมอ
host – a country, city, group, person, etc. which provides the space and other things necessary for a special event เจ้าภาพ
age – a very long time เวลานานมาก
bullet – extremely fast and powerful, like a bullet fired from a gun รวดเร็ว; แรงมาก
cross – (in football) the action of kicking the ball from one side of the field to someone in the middle or on the other side เตะบอลขวางสนาม
spring – a twisted piece of metal that can be pushed, pressed or pulled but which always returns to its original shape or position afterwards สปริง, ลวดสปริง
heel – the back part of the foot below the ankle ส้นเท้า
leap – a large jump;  a major achievement that has been done before การกระโดด
spring-heeled leap – a very high jump as if the person has springs beneath the heels
leave (or catch) flat-footed – not prepared for what is going to happen จับได้อย่างไม่ทันตั้งตัว
remind – to make someone think of something they have forgotten or might have forgotten เตือนความจำ
talent - a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught ความสามารถพิเศษ
at your disposal – available for use as you prefer/somebody prefers ใช้ได้ามที่ต้องการ/ ด้ามที่คุณชอบ / ด้ามคนชอบ
edge – to move or to move something slowly and carefully in a particular direction เขยิบ, เคลื่อนที่ทีละน้อย
stud – one of several small metal or plastic objects that are fixed to the bottom part of a football boot or running shoe
vicious – violent and cruel, aggressive and dangerous ร้ายแรง, ดุร้าย
whip – to move, or make something move, quickly and suddenly or violently in a particular direction ตี
fashion – to make something, often using a lot of skill or care ทำให้เป็นรูปร่าง
gilt-edged – excellent; very valuable or reliable; having golden edges ที่ขลิบด้วยทอง
on-form – playing very well during the current period of time กำลังเล่นดีมาก
crossbar – a horizontal bar that forms the top of a goal คานประตู
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
cautious – careful to avoid danger ระมัดระวัง
post- – after
comment – to express an opinion แสดงความคิดเห็น
progress – to move to the next level of a competition เข้ารอบ
quarter-finals – competitions between the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ
praise – an expression of strong approval or admiration การยกย่อง, การชื่นชม

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