FA Cup Final 2005 – Goalless at the break
Arsenal would have considered themselves very fortunate to go into half time with the match goalless.
Their goal had been under siege for most of the half and their only real chance had come in the seventh minute when Vieira had shot over the bar.
United must have felt a bit mystified not to be leading, but they must have thought that if they carried on the way they had been playing then the goal would come.
United remain on the offensive
The Red Devils started the second half as they had played throughout the first – on the offensive. Within the opening 10 minutes, a Rooney shot was deflected out for a corner, a Ronaldo strike had Lehmann beaten but flew just wide of the post and Touré had to be at his best to deny Keane who had been played in by van Nistelrooy.
15 minutes after the restart, Lauren found his way into the referee’s book after fouling the lively Ronaldo. Ronaldo shot from the resulting free kick but it was high and wide.
Arsenal had a rare opportunity to score when Pirès was left unmarked at the far post but he volleyed the ball over the bar.
Rooney comes close
Rooney hit the post after 67 minutes. His shot from a narrow angle beat Lehmann but not the woodwork. The ball fell to Fletcher but the young Scot was unable to convert the rebound.
After 75 minutes, Reyes and Silvestre got caught in a tangle and the Spaniard was booked for leaving his foot in.
Keane had a great chance for United when Lehmann misjudged a cross. The Arsenal keeper was in no man’s land as the ball fell to the United skipper but the resilient Gunners defence managed to block Keane’s strike.
United hit the woodwork a second time when van Nistelrooy’s header was cleared off the line and on to the bar by substitute, Freddie Ljungberg, who had replaced Bergkamp.
There was still time for one last shot on goal for United. Portuguese youngster, Ronaldo, did well to get the ball to Rooney. Rooney struck the ball over the bar from 35 yards out. So at the end of the second half, Arsenal had managed to survive another onslaught and amazingly, the game was still goalless.
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