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S Ramos (og 48)
Nani (S/O 56)

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L Modric (66)
C Ronaldo (69)

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo dumps out 10-man Manchester United

By Rob Parrish - Follow me on Twitter @skysportsrobp.   Last Updated: 05/03/13 11:59pm

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Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford to dump 10-man Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League as Real Madrid triumphed 2-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate.

The second leg of the last-16 encounter turned firmly in the favour of the side from Spain the moment referee Cuneyt Cakir brandished a shock red card to Nani in the 56th minute following the winger's clumsy, but not malicious, high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.

United had edged ahead on aggregate shortly after the interval as Sergio Ramos could only divert Nani's drilled low cross into his own net after it had flicked off the foot of Danny Welbeck, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the ascendency at that point.

But Nani's dismissal sparked a spell of Real pressure which United could not withstand, as substitute Luka Modric, sent on for Arbeloa, curled home a delicious strike from the edge of the box in the 66th minute.

And, somewhat inevitably, it was former Manchester United favourite Ronaldo who had the final say, sliding in at the far post to convert Gonzalo Higuain's drilled cross-shot after the striker's mesmerising one-two with Mesut Ozil.

Ferguson sprang a major surprise with his team selection, leaving Wayne Rooney on the bench and tasking Welbeck with nullifying the threat of Xabi Alonso, a job he performed excellently, particularly in the opening 45 minutes, until Nani's exit left United a man down.

Ryan Giggs was named in the starting XI for his 1,000th senior career appearance and lined up in an unfamiliar role on the right of midfield, providing additional protection to full-back Rafael against the danger posed by Ronaldo on his first appearance back at Old Trafford.

United came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening period, when Giggs' fine corner from the right was met with a thumping header by Nemanja Vidic which crashed back off the upright before striking Welbeck and then landing between Diego Lopez's legs.

Ferguson stressed the importance of his side taking their chances at the interval and they responded immediately as Giggs and Rafael combined down the right, before Welbeck and Van Persie were kept out, only for Nani to pick Raphael Varane's pocket and force Ramos to put through his own net.

But the Portuguese winger's dismissal left United under the cosh and, despite the impassioned urgings of Ferguson and Giggs to stir the home crowd, Modric and Ronaldo both found a way beyond the excellent David De Gea in the space of four minutes to crush their hopes.

To their credit, United were not bowed and created several chances to get back into the contest, with Lopez saving superbly from headers by Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic, while Rooney, who was eventually thrown on in the 73rd minute, blasting over when well placed.

But Real could have extended their advantage, with Ronaldo drawing two further excellent saves from De Gea, while Kaka's deflected shot from a tight angle on the left of the area struck the goalkeeper's near post and then his back, before the shot-stopper gratefully gathered on his own line.

Manchester UnitedTeam StatisticsReal Madrid
1Goals2
01st Half Goals0
7Shots on Target10
8Shots off Target4
5Blocked Shots9
9Corners12
7Fouls12
4Offsides1
2Yellow Cards3
1Red Cards0
73Passing Success83.7
18Tackles24
88.9Tackles Success66.7
37.1Possession62.9
39.3Territorial Advantage60.7
304Total Passes545
24Total Crosses26
163Lost Balls153
60Recoveries48
35.61st Half Poss.64.4
362nd Half Poss.64

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UEFA Champions League Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 1 3
2 Olympiakos FC 1 3
3 Atletico Madrid 1 0
4 Malmo FF 1 0

UEFA Champions League Group B

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 1 3
2 Liverpool 1 3
3 Ludogorets 1 0
4 Basel 1 0

UEFA Champions League Group C

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Zenit St. Petersburg 1 3
2 Monaco 1 3
3 Bayer Leverkusen 1 0
4 Benfica 1 0

UEFA Champions League Group D

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 1 3
2 Anderlecht 1 1
3 Galatasaray 1 1
4 Arsenal 1 0

UEFA Champions League Group E

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Roma 1 3
2 Bayern Munich 1 3
3 Manchester City 1 0
4 CSKA Moscow 1 0

UEFA Champions League Group F

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 1 3
2 Paris St Germain 1 1
3 Ajax 1 1
4 Apoel Nicosia 1 0

UEFA Champions League Group G

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Schalke 1 1
2 Sporting Lisbon 1 1
3 Chelsea 1 1
4 Maribor 1 1

UEFA Champions League Group H

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Pos Team P Pts
1 FC Porto 1 3
2 Athletic Bilbao 1 1
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 1 1
4 BATE Borisov 1 0

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