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Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Man Utd

Chris Eagles
Fringe player Eagles featured in a strong United line-up

Midfielder Chris Eagles made the most of a rare first-team start by earning Manchester United a draw in their Cape Town friendly against Kaizer Chiefs.

Gary Neville also turned out for a side that included six players who started last season's Champions League final.

Wayne Rooney had already been booked before Jonathan Quartey's penalty put the home side in front following Neville's foul on Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Carlos Tevez went close before setting up Eagles to head United back on terms.

606: DEBATE
Rio Ferdinand withdrew from the game just before kick-off with a minor back spasm, and the Chiefs began positively, with David Mathebula and Tshabalala both testing Tomasz Kuszczak early on.

Rooney almost gave United the lead on 10 minutes when he flashed a free-kick just over the bar after a foul on Paul Scholes.

Nemanja Vidic and Tevez both wasted good headed chances before Quartey made the breakthrough from the spot.

Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune did well to keep out Scholes and also deny Rooney a one-on-one chance as United were sparked into life.

They upped the tempo in the second half and finally grabbed an equaliser on 59 minutes, with the header from 22-year-old Eagles being deflected in off Jimmy Tau.

After that, United's superior fitness meant they were never in danger but they found the home side difficult to break down.

Afterwards, Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson defended Rooney over his booking, saying: "Wayne is a born fighter, and he gets frustrated in some games.

"He is learning how to control himself and it (the challenge) was next to nothing. I do not think he was out of order in this instance."

The next game of United's tour is on Tuesday, against Orlando Pirates, by which time Ferdinand is expected to be fit.


Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Tau, Bhasera, Nahayo, Quartey, Nengomasha, Mathebula, Sibeko, Torrealba, Schalkwyk, Tshabalala. Subs: Baron, Zwane, Mooki, Letsholonyane, Nkambule, Masango, Motaung Jnr, Promise Mthembu, Lebese.

Manchester United: Kuszczak, Neville, Brown, Vidic, O'Shea, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs, Eagles, Tevez, Rooney. Subs: Amos, Ferdinand, Evans, Simpson, Silvestre, Gibson, Martin, Campbell.




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