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Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

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Now you see me: Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil evades a tackle from Lyon's Michel Bastos during Real's 4-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday. AP

Ten-man United beats Galati; Madrid hits four against Lyon


MILAN, Italy — Wayne Rooney helped Manchester United to a nervy 2-0 win over Romania's Otelul Galati in the Champions League on Tuesday, despite playing over 20 minutes with 10 men, while Real Madrid cruised to a 4-0 victory over Lyon.

Rooney broke the deadlock when he fired home a penalty in the 64th minute, only for captain Nemanja Vidic to be sent off for a dangerous challenge on Gabriel Giurgiu two minutes later. Rooney secured United's first victory in Group C with another penalty in injury time.

There were no such nerves for Madrid, which maintained its 100 percent record this season with goals from Karim Benzema, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Sergio Ramos.

A last-minute strike from substitute Sergio Aguero saw Manchester City beat Villarreal 2-1, earning the Premier League leaders their first victory in Group A. Bayern Munich dropped its first points in the group, as it was held to a 1-1 draw at Napoli.

Inter Milan moved top of Group B, with a 1-0 win at Lille, Giampaolo Pazzini scoring the game's only goal in the 22nd minute. Earlier, CSKA Moscow beat Trabzonspor 3-0.

Elsewhere, Dinamo Zagreb and Basel both lost 2-0 at home to Ajax and Benfica respectively.

In Romania, Rooney scored his first from the spot in the 64th minute after Sergiu Costin's handball and then repeated the feat in stoppage time after he was fouled by Liviu Antal.

Otelul also finished with 10 men when Milan Perendija was sent off a minute from time for his second booking.

United coach Alex Ferguson was pleased despite the manner of the labored victory.

"I think in these away games you have to work, they are not easy," Ferguson said. "In the second half we improved a great deal. Nani's performance in the second half was terrific. I'm satisfied with the result. It was a long night and we had to be patient."

United's first victory in the group lifts it to second place, two points behind Benfica after three games.

Goals from Bruno Cesar and Oscar Cardozo kept the Portuguese club unbeaten this season and gave Basel interim coach Heiko Vogel a loss in his first home match.

In Manchester, City came from behind to beat Villarreal in dramatic circumstances as Aguero met a cross from Argentine compatriot Pablo Zabaleta with a simple tap-in at the far post in the fourth minute of stoppage time to rescue the hosts.

Cani had put Villarreal in front in the fourth minute at the Etihad Stadium after goalkeeper Joe Hart spilled Giuseppe Rossi's shot but City equalized through Carlos Marchena's own goal in the 43rd.

City boss Roberto Mancini said: "I said before the game it was important to win and I think we deserved to because we had a lot of chances to score. But Villarreal were very dangerous on the counter-attack because they play football very well.

"When you play in the Champions League for the first time you need to improve game after game. We needed to win and I think tonight after this game we can do better.

City is now within a point of second-place Napoli, following the Serie A club's draw at home to four-time winner Bayern.

Toni Kroos scored with Bayern's first opportunity, easily finding the target after striding through the center of Napoli's defense unmarked in the second minute.

Napoli equalized in the 39th when Bayern defender Holger Badstuber diverted in a cross from Christian Maggio. Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis stopped a weak penalty shot from Mario Gomez in the 49th.

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