Sunday, February 28, 2010

Carling Cup final: Manchester United comeback gives them the win over Aston Villa at Wembley

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Today, Manchester United played Aston Villa in the final of the Carling Cup at the Wembley Stadium.

Wayne Rooney is mobbed after his superb header won the CupFinal Score: 2-1 to Manchester United.

Manchester United FC - Michael Owen (13') and Wayne Rooney (74').
Aston Villa FC - James Milner (5'; Penalty).

Attendance: 88,596.

Manchester United FC - Tomasz Kuszczak, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Rafael, Jonathan Evans, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Ji-Sung Park, Antonio Valencia, Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov.
Subs: Ben Foster, Gary Neville, Wes Brown, Paul Scholes, Darron Gibson, Wayne Rooney, Mame Diouf.

Aston Villa - Brad Friedel, James Collins, Richard Dunne, Stephen Warnock, Carlos Jimenez Cuellar, Stiliyan Petrov, Stewart Downing, James Milner, Ashley Young, Emile Heskey, Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Manchester United FC - Patrice Evra (41'; yellow) and Nemanja Vidic (68'; yellow).
Aston Villa - James Collins (11'; yellow) and Stewart Downing (18'; yellow).

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Razvan Lucescu calls up 23 players for the friendly against Israel

With Cristian Chivu, Razvan Rat and Stefan Radu out injured, Razvan Lucescu offered Gabriel Tamas (transferred in January to West Bromwich Albion) the chance to reclaim his spot in the team. Another surprise is the absence of the first two choices for the goalkeeper postion, Lobont and Coman, but, looking at the likes of Gaman, Sepsi, Florescu or Deac, it's obvious that the National Team coach is trying to evaluate some of the promising, yet established players in the first division. Here's is the full list of players:

Goalkeepers: Mircea Bornescu (Rapid, 29), Costel Pantilimon (FC Timisoara, 23)

Defenders: Cristian Panin (CFR Cluj, 31), Vasile Maftei (Unirea Urziceni, 29), Gabriel Tamas (WBA, 26), Dorin Goian (Palermo, 29), Mirel Radoi (Al-Hilal, 28), Valerica Gaman (Universitatea Craiova, 21), Laszlo Sepsi (FC Timisoara, 23), Mihai Nesu (FC Utrecht, 27)

Midfielders: Banel Nicolita (Steaua, 25), Mihai Roman (FC Brasov, 25), Iulian Apostol (Unirea Urziceni, 29), Paul Codrea (Siena, 28), Tiberiu Ghioane (Dynamo Kiew, 28), George Florescu (FC Midjtyland, 25), Ciprian Deac (CFR Cluj, 24)

Forwards: Gigel Bucur (Kuban, 29), Andrei Cristea (Dinamo Bucharest, 25), Ciprian Marica (VFB Stuttgart, 24), Daniel Niculae (Auxerre, 27), Marius Niculae (Dinamo Bucharest, 28).

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