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Football: Manchester Utd See Off Derby To Reach League Cup Final

Posted on: January 21, 2009

MANCHESTER, England: Manchester United gave themselves the chance to win yet another trophy with a 4-2 League Cup semi-final second leg win over Derby County here at Old Trafford.

Tuesday’s result gave United a 4-3 victory on aggregate after their shock 1-0 loss away to the second-tier Championship strugglers in the first leg.

First-half goals from Nani, John O’Shea and Carlos Tevez put United in seemingly total command but Giles Barnes pulled one back for Derby with a penalty 10 minutes from time.

When Cristiano Ronaldo beat former United goalkeeper Roy Carroll with an 89th minute penalty it seemed all hopes of a Derby revival had been snuffed out only for Barnes to score a second goal in stoppage time with a fine free-kick.

English, European and world champions United will face the winners of the second semi-final between Burnley and Tottenham, who play their second leg on Wednesday, at Wembley on March 1.

Spurs will be firm favourites to make it an all Premier League final after winning the first leg 4-1. – AFP/de

Channel News Asia

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