Referee Bahattin Duran sends off Nani of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second leg match between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford on March 5, 2013 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Referee Bahattin Duran sends off Nani of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second leg match between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford on March 5, 2013 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Man Utd out of Champions League after disappointing loss

HE received a hero's reception, but former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo broke fans' hearts when he scored to give Real Madrid a 2-1 victory this morning and send the Red Devils crashing out of the Champions League.

Ronaldo was almost apologetic after knocking in a cross in the 69th minute, not long after Luka Modric had equalised.

The defeat was United's first in a Champions League knockout game at Old Trafford since February 2005 - a 1-0 loss to AC Milan - and manager Sir Alex Ferguson blamed it in part on the sending off of Nani 10 minutes into the second half when the home side led 1-0.

 


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