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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010

Rooney gives United edge

In-form striker scores twice as Red Devils beat Milan in first leg

MILAN, Italy (AP) David Beckham's first game against Manchester United was a disappointment for the English midfielder.

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Beck and call: AC Milan midfielder David Beckham lunges in on Manchester United's Darren Fletcher during their Champions League second-round first-leg tie on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

Wayne Rooney scored twice as the English champions rallied to beat AC Milan 3-2 Tuesday night in the first leg of the European Champions League's second round.

"We played really well in the first half, going a goal up, and we had three really good chances," Beckham said. "If we had put them away, obviously it would have been a different game. But you have to put those chances away, especially against a team like Manchester United and a player like Wazza (Rooney)."

Ronaldinho put AC Milan ahead when he volleyed Beckham's free kick past goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar in the third minute, but Paul Scholes tied the score in the 36th and Rooney gave Manchester United a 3-1 lead with headers that beat Dida in the 66th and 74th minutes.

"Wayne Rooney carried on the form he showed from before," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "He's in absolutely devastating form, and they couldn't handle him in the second half. I thought he was marvelous tonight."

Second-half sub Clarence Seedorf got Milan's second goal in the 85th. Michael Carrick was ejected in injury time, receiving a second yellow card for time-wasting.

"In the first half we played a perfect game and didn't get what we deserved," Milan coach Leonardo lamented. "We were able to come back at the end, and that is why I think we have a chance, and I don't think that 2-0 at Old Trafford is an impossible score for us."

In Tuesday's other game, Jean Makoun scored in the 47th minute to give Lyon a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid.

Makoun picked up the ball inside the Madrid half, advanced to the edge of the penalty area and looped a shot over goalkeeper Iker Casillas, giving Lyon its third straight Champions League home win over Madrid.

"It was a very physical match, Lyon played with a lot of passion and they covered the ground well and marked us very well," Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini said. "The result is not good for us. We've conceded a goal without scoring. We will need a very disciplined performance to turn this round, but I have faith in my players."

Tuesday's schedule included one Europa League game in the round of 32, with Everton beating Sporting Club 2-1.

Steven Pienaar and Sylvain Distin gave Everton a 2-0 lead by the 49th minute. But an 87th minute penalty converted by Sporting's Miguel Veloso after a red card for Distin will give the visiting team plenty of hope in the home leg.

City move into fourth

STOKE , England (AP) Gareth Barry scored in the 85th minute, giving Manchester City a 1-1 tie at Stoke that moved the Citizens into fourth place in England's Premier League.

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