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Fratton Park (ATT 20,510) 15th August 2007 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Bennett

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Ronaldo off as United stall

Tevez makes debut as United stutter

Last Updated: 15/08/07 11:30pm

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Scholes: Screamer

Scholes: Screamer

On a night in which Cristiano Ronaldo saw red and Carlos Tevez made his debut, Manchester United could only manage a 1-1 stalemate from their trip to Portsmouth.

Paul Scholes' thunderbolt, from Tevez's lay-off, gave a strolling United a deserved first half lead but after the interval, Portsmouth were much improved.

Substitute Matthew Taylor proved the architect of their leveller, when his deep cross was powered in by the head of Benjani.

In what was a frenetic second half, Ronaldo joined Sulley Muntari in taking an early bath, when he put his head into the face of Richard Hughes, in the dying embers of what was a disappointing performance from the champions.

Just two minutes earlier, Muntari had received his marching orders for picking up a second booking, courtesy of a reckless and entirely unnecessary challenge on Michael Carrick.

Pompey had an early escape when Ronaldo stayed on his feet in the penalty area when Hermann Hreidarsson clumsily clattered into the back of him following a corner.

Nani and Tevez were both involved in the action when United took a 15th minute lead with Scholes' powerful drive.

The goal inevitably galvanised United into more positive action after a fairly pedestrian start and Pompey were happy to see Ronaldo's shot deflected into the side-netting for a corner soon afterwards.

Although David James had to make thrilling saves at the start of the second half to defy both Nani and Tevez, Pompey stormed back into the game with Benjani's dramatic equaliser seven minutes after the break.

United still made the better chances and Pompey hung on bravely at times with Redknapp forced to make another change when Noe Pamarot limped off in the 66th minute, switching Hreidarsson from left-back to the centre with Distin.

They held out somehow as the pace grew and were grateful to see Tevez slide in just too late to touch home a rebound from Ronaldo's 74th-minute shot.

Muntari was then sent off after he clattered into Carrick before last season's Player of the Year, Ronaldo, was shown a red card after appearing to head-butt Hughes.

The late dismissals scarred what was a much better second half but Pompey finished celebrating another against-the-odds triumph.

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PortsmouthTeam StatisticsManchester United
1Goals1
01st Half Goals1
4Shots on Target7
1Shots off Target7
2Blocked Shots6
6Corners12
14Fouls6
1Offsides4
1Yellow Cards1
1Red Cards1
58.7Passing Success79.6
31Tackles17
87.1Tackles Success82.4
30.7Possession69.3
44.6Territorial Advantage55.4

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2 Manchester City 34 67
3 Arsenal 33 67
4 Manchester United 34 65
5 Liverpool 33 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 58
7 Southampton 34 57
8 Swansea City 34 50
9 Stoke City 34 47
10 Everton 34 44
11 West Ham United 34 44
12 Crystal Palace 34 42
13 West Bromwich Albion 34 37
14 Newcastle United 34 35
15 Aston Villa 34 32
16 Hull City 33 31
17 Leicester City 33 31
18 Sunderland 33 30
19 Queens Park Rangers 34 27
20 Burnley 34 26

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