Stoke City 1-1 Manchester United (01.01.2015) Live Commentary

90+3′
The supporters are far from satisfied with this tedious game. The players will have to try much harder in future matches to provide them with a worthy entertainment. Both teams’ performances were more or less even. The hosts tried to catch the opposition off guard and to hit them on the break. The visiting side kept the ball on their feet and the main purpose was to produce that final killer pass.
90+3′
 
The referee is checking his watch and blows his whistle for the end of this match.
90+3′
 
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
90+3′
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. Corner kick. Manchester United will have an opportunity.
90+2′
Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) latches on to a pass on the edge of the box, but he cant’t get any power into a shot which fails to trouble David de Gea (Manchester United).
90+1′
 
Mata (Manchester United) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
90′
 
2 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
90′
Rafael (Manchester United) fires the ball from inside the area, but it is well blocked. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester United are awarded a corner kick.
88′
Manchester United hold possession of the ball and display neat passing move from player to player. They are waiting for the right moment to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
86′
 
The current number of shots on goal is 2:2.
83′
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger.
82′
Michael Oliver calls for a foul. Phil Jones (Manchester United) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball. There is a free kick given to Stoke City.
81′
 
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) goes off the pitch and Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) comes on.
81′
What a poor attempt! Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) drives another shot towards goal – this time from further out, but it couldn’t have been worse if he had shot blindfolded. The ball goes miles wide to the right.
79′
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) goes close to scoring with a shot fom inside the box, but he drags his effort wide of the left post.
78′
 
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) launches a cross from the corner, but David de Gea (Manchester United) is alert to thwart the effort.
77′
 
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away. The referee blows his whistle, Stoke City are awarded a corner kick.
76′
 
The resulting corner from Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger. The ball is out-of-play. Stoke City win a corner kick.
76′
Attempted cross from Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) is cleared. Stoke City earn a corner.
75′
 
Louis van Gaal is forced to make a change. Ashley Young (Manchester United) is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Rafael Pereira Da Silva (Manchester United).
74′
 
Ashley Young (Manchester United) picked up an injury.
73′
 
The attendance for today’s match is 27203.
71′
 
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
70′
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being blocked by one of the defenders. The ball goes out-of-play. Stoke City are awarded a corner kick.
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Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) will deliver the corner kick.
70′
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) unleashes a bullet of a shot that is blocked by a defender. Now Stoke City with a corner.
70′
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) latches on to a superb cross into the box and hits the right post with his header. What a luck for the goalkeeper out there!
68′
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) receives a precise pass inside the box and takes a shot that goes just wide of the left post.
65′
 
The resulting corner from Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is cleared.
64′
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear. The ball goes out-of-play. Stoke City have been awarded a corner kick.
64′
 
Today’s match ends for Luke Shaw (Manchester United) who will be replaced by Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United).
64′
 
Here comes a substitution. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) is brought on as a substitute for Falcao (Manchester United).
62′
 
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) launches the ball from the resulting corner, but one of the defenders is first to the ball and averts the threat.
62′
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) attempts to find one of his teammates with a sweet pass into the box, but one of the defending players reacts well and intercepts the effort. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Manchester United.
61′
Phil Jones (Manchester United) finds himself some space around the penalty spot and leaps high to meet the free kick. He tries to put his header into the middle of the goal, but Asmir Begovic keeps it out.
61′
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) commits a rough foul. Michael Oliver stops the game and makes a call. A free kick to Manchester United.
60′
The resulting free kick from from Mata (Manchester United) ends only in the gloves of the keeper.
59′
Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows for a foul after seeing the whole situation. A free kick is given to Manchester United.
57′
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
55′
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) tackles a bit over-zealously. Michael Oliver blows for a foul.
53′
Phil Jones (Manchester United) sends a long ball in, but Asmir Begovic comfortably gathers the ball.
51′
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is caught offside!
50′
The Manchester United players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
47′
Falcao (Manchester United) makes a rough challenge and Michael Oliver blows his whistle for a foul.
46′
 
The whistle blows and Michael Oliver starts the second half.
45+2′
The game can’t be described as attractive. We are hoping against hope that the second half will bring more exciting moments and goal opportunities. The game is quite balanced. The home team’s main weapon are fast counter-attacks, while the away side attempts to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
45+2′
 
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
45+1′
 
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) launches an inaccurate corner kick into the penalty area.
45′
 
There will be a minimum of 1 min. of added time.
45′
Long cross from aside is directed to well-positioned Mame Diouf (Stoke City), but the defence gets it clear. The ball is out-of-play. Stoke City will have a chance to score from a corner.
42′
Wonderful pass from Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) for Robin van Persie (Manchester United), but they can’t profit from it as Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) comes off his line to collect.
41′
 
Shots on target – 2:2.
38′
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) is forced to stop his attacking move after the linesman signals for offside.
38′
Falcao (Manchester United) brings an opponent down and Michael Oliver interrupts the game. Stoke City have a free kick.
36′
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) comes off his line to gather the ball.
35′
 
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates managed to outjump the defence.
35′
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) has a shot blocked from inside the box. Stoke City have been awarded a corner kick.
33′
 
The resulting corner from Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
33′
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball. Stoke City get a corner.
31′
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to David de Gea (Manchester United), who smothers the ball.
29′
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wastes a great chance as he climbs high around the penalty spot to connect with a cross from the resulting free kick. He produces a header which goes just wide of the left post.
29′
Falcao (Manchester United) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Michael Oliver blows a whistle for a foul. Stoke City are awarded a free kick.
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The corner from Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is cleared away by the defence.
28′
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked. Stoke City will take a corner kick.
26′
 
Falcao (Manchester United) collects the ball just deep inside the box from a rebound following the corner kick. He beats the keeper with a sharp low shot in the middle! Quite a nice goal!
26′
 
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) takes the corner.
26′
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) sends a pass into the box, but the opposition’s defence is alert to the danger and makes a clearance. Manchester United win a corner.
24′
 
Mata (Manchester United) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
23′
A lofted cross from Michael Carrick (Manchester United) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester United have been awarded a corner kick.
23′
Michael Oliver blows his whistle and it is Peter Crouch (Stoke City) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
19′
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) with a great chance to score from deep inside the box! He finds some space for shot to send it errantly far away of the left post. Very bad attempt.
18′
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) takes a mid-range free kick. His miskick goes only into the stands. Poor shot!
17′
Michael Oliver interrupts the game. One of the players from Stoke City got the ball, but his effort is judged as a rough play. Manchester United have a free kick from a promising distance.
15′
Long pass, produced by Ashley Young (Manchester United), missed precision to reach his teammates.
13′
 
Mata (Manchester United) sends the corner into the box, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) intercepts it and averts the threat.
13′
A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Jonny Evans (Manchester United), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence. Manchester United have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
11′
Rough tackle by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City). The referee blows his whistle for a foul.
10′
Michael Oliver blows the whistle for a foul. Ashley Young (Manchester United) hacks down one of his opponents.
9′
 
Mata (Manchester United) sends a poor cross from the corner and Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) has no trouble to gather it.
8′
Falcao (Manchester United) is picked up by one of his teammates with a brilliant low pass, but he doesn’t receive the ball well. The defence eliminates the danger without any problem. He could have found himself in a good chance to score. The ball goes behind for a corner. Manchester United will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
5′
The Manchester United players are exchanging some short passes.
2′
 
Goal – 1:0! Peter Crouch (Stoke City) tees up Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) inside the box and he slams the ball into the roof of the net and past David de Gea (Manchester United).
2′
 
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) takes the ball to the corner flag to send it into the box from there.
2′
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Stoke City.
1′
Flag goes up against Robin van Persie (Manchester United). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
1′
 
Here we go, today’s match is starting right now.
The Stoke City players will kick-off.
Michael Oliver was nominated as a referee for this game.
 
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