Manchester United beats Marseille at Champions League

Manchester United's Javier Hernandez is celebrating with his teammates after a score in the game versus Marseille on March 15. In the end, Manchester United won the game 2-1 and advanced into the Champions League quarter-finals for the fifth consecutive season. (Photo by Xinhua/Reuters)

Manchester United survived a late scare against Marseille on March 15 before advancing into the Champions League quarter-finals for the fifth consecutive season, which is an achievement no other European team can claim.

Javier Hernandez cemented his growing reputation with two close-range finishes to put United in control. However, a late own goal from Wes Brown forced an anxious finale as Marseille pressed for the equalizer that would have sent them through.

In the game, the lively Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs had threatened Marseille's gate many times. They assisted Hernandez to break the gate and helped United to win the game.

Although Marseille's players tried their best to push the ball out of Van der Sar's gloves and into the net, they never made it. However, Wes Brown, Manchester United's backfielder, diverted another Marseille corner into his own net with about 15 minutes left in the game, which kept United from relaxing in the final quarter and brought a little hope for its opponent.

But ultimately, Marseille could not turn it around.

As the clock ticked down, Marseille was unable to apply any serious pressure and United could celebrate safe passage into the last eight of the Champions League once more.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online
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