Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Reds' Saha Settles It

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Reds' Saha Settles It

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Byline: Champions League

Louis Saha's second-half strike gave Manchester United their first Champions League away win in three years.

Rarely convincing against a Benfica side responsible for their embarrassingly early European exit 12 months ago, United nevertheless carved out a triumph based on grit, determination and the flair provided by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Though Saha took the glory with his third goal in two Champions League games, it was Ronaldo who threatened more, especially in the latter stages as the visitors looked to exploit the gaps left by a Benfica side desperate to force an equaliser.

The victory cemented United's position at the top of Group F, although concern still lingers about the form of Wayne Rooney, who worked hard without looking like ending a barren streak in this competition that now extends to 11 matches.

In the same group, a Kenny Miller penalty gave Celtic their first Champions League points as they defeated Copenhagen 1-0 at Parkhead. …

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