Hernandez double sends Manchester United into last eight

Hernandez double sends Manchester United into last eight

Javier Hernandez scored both goals as Manchester United beat Olympique Marseille 2-1 at Old Trafford on Tuesday to ease into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, dpa reported.

The Mexican striker tapped in one goal in each half, both from just a few yards out and though a Wes Brown own goal caused a nervous last 10 minutes, United held on to win 2-1 on aggregate, the first leg in France having ended in a goalless draw.

"We're delighted to get through to the quarter-finals," Rooney said. "It was a difficult game and Marseille came here with a big physical team but thankfully we got through.

"Javier has got great movement and I was playing in the sort of position I did when I started playing professionally. I'm getting on the ball more and I'm really enjoying it."

The win sent United through to the quarter-finals for the fifth successive time, joining Tottenham Hotspur as the second English side in the last eight. Chelsea can make it three if they can successfully defend a 2-0 lead over FC Copenhagen on Wednesday.

The home side suffered a blow before the match when their captain Nemanja Vidic was ruled out with a calf injury but Nani was fit to start just nine days after he suffered a gashed shin in the league defeat at Liverpool.

Chris Smalling and Wes Brown renewed their partnership from that Anfield defeat while Dimitar Berbatov was left out in attack.

Marseille brought in Taye Taiwo, Benoit Cheyrou and Andre-Pierre Gignac for Edouard Cisse, Charles Kabore and Brandao as they looked to make a positive start at Old Trafford.

But their hopes of doing that ended in after just five minutes when Wayne Rooney sent a left-foot effort across goal and Hernandez was there to tap in the opening goal.

Gignac wasted a golden chance to equalize for Didier Deschamps' Marseille side soon after when he lifted the ball over the bar when through on Edwin van der Sar's goal.

Souleymane Diawara then headed another good chance wide while at the start of the second half, Van der Sar did well to claim at the feet of Gignac.

Rooney almost set Hernandez away on goal again while Marseille brought on Mathieu Valvuena to try to force the equalizer for the French club.

It almost worked when Loic Remy broke free on the right and swept the ball into Cheyrou but his shot lacked pace and Van der Sar was able to save easily low to his right.

Marseille were enjoying all the pressure but out of nothing, United got a second goal, with substitute Antonio Valencia sliding a perfect pass through to Giggs, whose low centre was easily converted by Hernandez.

The United fans thought it was as good as over but they were given hope when Lucho Gonzalez's corner was headed into his own net by Brown, with former United defender Gabriel Heinze breathing down his neck.

The French side had renewed belief but United controlled possession well in the dying minutes and held on to move into the quarter-finals.

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