Featured Matches
Previous
Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid
ESPNDeportes, ESPN3 8:30 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Bayern Munich
VfL Wolfsburg
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Evian Thonon Gaillard
Paris Saint-Germain
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
US Pescara
Chievo Verona
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Guimaraes
FC Penafiel
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Dallas
Real Salt Lake
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
U.A.N.L
ESPNDeportes 12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Bayern Munich
VfL Wolfsburg
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Evian Thonon Gaillard
Paris Saint-Germain
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Aldershot Town
Forest Green Rovers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid
ESPNDeportes, ESPN3 8:30 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
US Pescara
Chievo Verona
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Heidenheimer SB
TSV 1860 Munich
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
RB Leipzig
FC Erzgebirge Aue
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
St Pauli
SV Sandhausen
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AC Ajaccio
Tours
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Angers
Chateauroux
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arles
Sochaux
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AS Nancy Lorraine
Nimes
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Clermont Foot
Ajaccio GFCO
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Créteil
Niort
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Orléans
Brest
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Troyes
Stade Laval
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Valenciennes
Le Havre AC
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
SC Heracles Almelo
Cambuur Leeuwarden
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Almere City
Jong FC Twente
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Den Bosch
RKC Waalwijk
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Emmen VV
Jong PSV
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Helmond Sport
FC Oss
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Jong Ajax
FC Volendam
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
MVV Maastricht
Sparta Rotterdam
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
NEC Nijmegen
Fortuna Sittard
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Roda JC Kerkrade
FC Eindhoven
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
SC Stormvogels Telstar
Achilles '29
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
VVV Venlo
De Graafschap
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Guimaraes
FC Penafiel
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Terek Grozny
FC Arsenal Tula
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Racing Genk
KAA Gent
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Mjallby
Helsingborg
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sandnes Ulf
Viking FK
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Dallas
Real Salt Lake
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
U.A.N.L
ESPNDeportes 12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Santos
Toluca
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Newi Cefn Druids
Aberystwyth
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Prestatyn Town
Connah's Quay
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
T.N.S.
Bangor City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
9:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Tigre
Racing Club
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Atlante
Coras Tepic
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Mineros de Zacatecas
Oaxaca
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Correcaminos
Dorados de Sinaloa
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
América Mineiro
AA Ponte Preta
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Oeste
Boa MG
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Icasa
CR Vasco da Gama
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Santiago Wanderers
Audax Italiano
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Defensor Sporting
Rentistas
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Liga de Loja
Club Deportivo Cuenca
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Universidad De Costa Rica
Pumas Generalena
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Honduras Progreso
Platense
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next

Barca hampered by archaic FIFA

Barcelona 23 hours ago
Read
Oct 31, 2009

Battling Blackburn broken down by class

Barcelona (six), Chelsea (five), Liverpool (two), Manchester United (one). FIFA have spoken and their verdict appeared to damn Sir Alex Ferguson's side. Or, at the very least, failed to acclaim enough of them. The 23-man shortlist for the World Player of the Year contained an exclusive set from the Nou Camp and Stamford Bridge, a pair from Merseyside and a solitary player from perhaps the planet's biggest club: Wayne Rooney.

• Berbatov: Points are all that matters
• Manchester United 3-0 Blackburn

Such lists can be determined by status rather than actual achievements over the preceding 12 months. The fame of supposed superstars appear to influence the judges. Yet for Premier League winners and Champions League finalists, it represented a slight. It reflected Ferguson's reluctance to spend the majority of the proceeds of Cristiano Ronaldo's sale on a marquee player and it highlighted the importance of Rooney.

Six days after his most ineffectual display of the season, in the 2-0 defeat at Anfield, United's talisman ended a six-week wait for a goal. Blackburn were duly dismissed as, given Rovers' failure to take a point on their travels this season, they were expected to be. And along the way, Rooney reiterated his importance to the United cause.

His 87th-minute finish was beautifully taken, a first-time finish diverting Anderson's enticing cross into the far corner of the net. An improvised flick could have brought an earlier strike, Rooney diverting Nani's corner into the side-netting.

His place among the FIFA elite is merited. A glaring absentee from their global galacticos, given his price tag and talent, was Dimitar Berbatov. It is understandable given the Bulgarian's underwhelming debut campaign at Old Trafford. An elegant waster for some, a misunderstood master for others, Berbatov polarises opinions as adeptly as he controls a ball.

He can do so within the space of the same game. Berbatov spent the first half spurning chances. In the second, he conjured a finish of breathtaking brilliance, meeting Patrice Evra's shot with a flick, a turn and a volley, producing placement, precision and panache in an instant. "The quality of Berbatov's flick and volley into the bottom corner was great from their point of view," said Sam Allardyce. "Berbatov has scored a fantastic goal," added Sir Alex Ferguson. Yet it was just a fourth of the season, a meagre tally for a player of Berbatov's ability in a team of United's capabilities. It is an indication that the supply line can be improved - and with Nani exasperating with his wastefulness, it certainly could today - and an indictment of his finishing on other occasions.

But as Ferguson recognised in a lengthy and costly pursuit, he possesses something defiantly different. In sacrificing Carlos Tevez and selling Ronaldo, Berbatov's idiosyncrasies have acquired a greater importance in a side that may be sprinkled with too little stardust (for FIFA's liking anyway).

A 12th win in 14 games is hardly cause for concern, yet the two-goal margin made this United's biggest home victory of the season. They retain the habit of overcoming opponents, but none have been crushed at Old Trafford yet in this campaign.

"It was a good sound solid performance," said Ferguson. "I thought we worked very hard." Indeed, industry was among United's attributes tonight. While Nani, selected to add flair, provided frustration, Antonio Valencia's speed proved more profitable on the opposite flank.

A clean sheet satisfied the manager, especially as it was achieved by a second-string central defensive pair. "If you've got Wes Brown and Jonny Evans as your back-up you're not too bad," Ferguson added. "If you take Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic out of the partnerships in all the division, there's not too many better than Brown and Vidic."

Blackburn, however, felt the shutout was a consequence of a poor decision. Referees have become a cause of controversy at Old Trafford of late. This time, however, the criticisms came from the visiting manager, while Ferguson's opinions are unlikely to provoke an inquest at the FA.

At the start of added time, one Blackburn substitute - Benni McCarthy - shot and after Edwin van der Sar saved, another - Nikola Kalinic - converted the rebound. He was wrongly ruled offside. "He was so far onside it is unbelievable that the assistant referee got it wrong," moaned Allardyce. "It wasn't even close. People will say 'Sam's moaning again' but I like to moan when I know I'm right. And I've been right for ten years managing at this level."

MAN OF THE MATCH: Antonio Valencia - He lacks the flamboyance and the firepower of the departed Ronaldo but the Ecuadorian is quietly making himself a fixture on the right flank.

MANCHESTER UNITED VERDICT: It was an improved display after the substandard showing at Anfield. Bringing Anderson into the midfield made a difference. While Evans and Brown appeared accomplished in defence, they were scarcely tested by Blackburn for the most part.

BLACKBURN VERDICT: Allardyce's side came intent on securing a 0-0 draw which, after conceding 11 goals in their two previous away games, was understandable. Defensively dogged, they impressed with their organisation, with Paul Robinson making a string of saves, mainly from Berbatov, and Gael Givet distinguishing himself with several blocks. Their league position is unflattering but easier fixtures await Rovers.

OBER AND OUT: Gabriel Obertan came on for a delayed Premier League debut, looking rather right-footed for a man deployed on the left. Though Ferguson was encouraged by the Frenchman's display, he was culpable of one appalling miss, shooting wide when the goal gaped. Michael Owen, a late substitute, missed a similarly easy opportunity.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.