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Rooney, United edge Milan; Lyon stuns Real

Milan, Italy (Sports Network) - Wayne Rooney scored twice in the second half and Manchester United defeated AC Milan 3-2 in a Champions League Round of 16 first-leg match Tuesday at the San Siro.

Milan's Ronaldinho scored three minutes into the game and assisted on Clarence Seedorf's 85th-minute goal but, in between, Paul Scholes scored United's first off a lucky bounce late in the first half and Rooney added his brace.

United, which won the Champions League two years ago and was second last year, hosts AC Milan in the return leg on March 10 at Old Trafford.

Lyon stunned Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo 1-0 at the Stade de Gerland in Tuesday's other Round of 16 game. Jean Makoun had the match-winner in the 47th for Lyon.

United has never beaten AC Milan in four previous two-legged European clashes, and was put in an early hole, in part, by former star David Beckham.

Beckham drove a free kick into the area less than three minutes into the match and, after a poor clearance by United, Ronaldinho latched onto the rebound and unleashed a volley at the left post. His rocket deflected off Michael Carrick, and sailed inside the right post with United goalie Edwin van der Sar going to the left.

United leveled in the 36th when Scholes tired to volley Fletcher's cross from the right and completely missed the ball with his right foot. The ball hit his left shin, flew through Alessandro Nesta's legs, rolled off the inside of the left post and dribbled into the net.

Milan had a few chances to retake the lead early in the second half, with Pato heading wide right in the 48th, Andrea Pirlo making Van der Sar save his blast in the 52nd, and Ronaldinho testing Van der Sar at the right post in the 61st.

Rooney began to find space minutes later, with his first good chance denied by Milan goalie Dida in the 63rd before he scored two goals in eight minutes.

United substitute Antonio Valencia picked out Rooney with a cross in the 66th, and the England striker backpedaled to get under the pass and headed well from the back post to the opposite side to leave Dida no chance.

Rooney fired wide of the left post in the 72nd, then completed his double with another header in the 74th. Darren Fletcher had tons of time to set up a cross from the left wing, and Rooney walked in unmarked between two Milan players to nod home from 10 yards for his 25th goal in all competitions this season.

Ronaldinho set up Milan's second goal in the 85th, sending a pass into the box to Seedorf, who finished with a between-the-legs side flick from close range.

AC Milan had three chances to level in the final minutes, but Filippo Inzaghi, Massimo Ambrosini and Thiago Silva - who wasted an open header from the middle of the six-yard box - all failed to convert.

United survived, but it did lose Carrick for the return leg following a second yellow card and the resulting ejection deep into stoppage time.

At Lyon, Makoun's 30-yard laser into the upper-right corner was enough for the hosts to stun Real. Lyon outplayed Real for most of the game, with Real having just a few looks at goal through the first 60 minutes.

Makoun picked up a loose ball in the center circle and drove down field before unleashing the winner. Miralem Pjanic's free kick nearly sneaked past Madrid's Iker Casillas two minutes later, but the goalie snared the deflected ball off the line.

Casillas handed Lyon another chances minutes later when his goal kick went out to Lisandro Lopez, who drove down field and fired wide as Madrid's Raul Albiol and Ezequiel Garay did well to get back and pressure the Lyon striker.

Ronaldo had a pair of chances in the final 30 minutes for Real, and Lisandro wasted Lyon's best chance of the final half hour, but the French side held on for the huge victory.

Madrid hosts Lyon in the return leg on March 10.

On Wednesday, Arsenal visits FC Porto and Fiorentina visits Bayern Munich. The rest of the first-leg matches are next week, with Barcelona at Stuttgart and Bordeaux at Olympiacos on Feb. 23, and Chelsea at Inter Milan and Sevilla at CSKA Moscow on Feb. 24.

02/16 17:47:20 ET


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