85 min: Another freekick, as Schneiderlin gives the ball away in midfield and then takes down Draxler. He’s lucky to escape a second yellow card there. Will Wolfsburg dish out there own punishment? The freekick is about 25 yards out and central.
The Wolfsberg Cup is organised by ATSV Wolfsberg. This club was founded in 1927 and has 600 members and 10 youth teams. The first team currently plays at the highest level in the Austrian Bundesliga. The municipality of Wolfsberg plays an active role in the organisation of this tournament, as does the local tourist office.
64 min: Smalling goes down hurt after jarring his knee on landing after a header. He clambers back to his feet - gingerly, to use a word always employed in this context and never in any other - and hopefully he will be able to carry on. It looked painful, the sort of incident that can twang ligaments.
Wolfsberger AC are an Austrian association football club from Wolfsberg, Carinthia. The club competed twenty seasons on the second level of the Austrian football pyramid. Between the 2007–08 and 2011–12 seasons, Wolfsberger AC entered a cooperation with SK St. Andrä, competing under the name WAC/St. Andrä during that period. The team is currently called RZ Pellets WAC for sponsorship reasons.
86 min: Rodriguez sends a curling freekick inches wide. De Gea had it covered.
79 min: United are playing a dicey game here. They’re become very meek, sitting deep and just trying to deflect Wolfsburg’s constant raids. Young has just been booked for time-wasting. With more than 11 minutes left. At Old Trafford.
62 min: De Gea flings a long throw to Memphis, whose arm clobbers Trasch in the face as they both challenge for the ball. Didn’t look at all intentional but Memphis is booked. If Van Gaal’s mind was not already made up, that may have clinched it: Memphis is taken off and replaced by Pereira.
72 min: Solid defending by Darmian, who made a timely header at the back post after a dangerous cross from Schurrle.
51 min: Excellent cross by Memphis. Martial leaps well but can’t quite plant a proper header on it, glancing wide from 10 yards.
82 min: Corner to Wolfsburg as Young heads a Rodriguez freekick behind. Draxler’s delivery is good but Bendtner jumps right past it. He was 8 yards out and if he’d connected, De Gea would have had to do something special to keep it out.
46 min: It’s back on. But Valencia isn’t. He has been put out of his misery and replaced by Young, whose first contribution is an important tackle on Draxler after United sloppily coughed up possession.
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68 min: More trickery by Mata, who has been exceptional tonight. After doing a little Footloose tribute, he pings the ball on to Young, whose cross is intercepted.
After having played the majority of its existence in the lower leagues, Wolfsberger AC finished their 2011–12 season as champions of the 2011–12 Austrian Football First League and earned promotion to the Austrian Bundesliga for the first time in the club's history. At the end of the season they finished 5th.
60 min: Andreas Periera is poised to come on. I’d have hooked Rooney, but word is that Memphis is the one to be replaced.
47 min: Kruse glides across the pitch and collects the ball on the left. His cross looks set to travel all the way to Dost in front of the goal, but Darmian gets back in time to cut it out.
77 min: Wolfsburg make their final change, Jung replacing Trasch.
In the other match in this group, CSKA are tonking PSV 3-0.
There's no room for boredom at the Wolfsberg Stadium Pool . You'll find a 50 metre pool, a 70m long water slide, a 10 metre high diving board, a mini-golf course and a beach volleyball court. The stadium pool is right next door to the ATSV stadium.
84 min: Nine United players in their own box as they defend another Wolfsburg freekick. But set-pieces have been a disappointing aspect of the Germans’ play so far and another bad one gifts United the chance to launch a rare counter-attack. They work it to Martial, who dashes down the right and tries to send the ball across the face of goal, but it’s deflected into the keeper’s arms.
58 min: Young demonstrates his keen defensive instincts by anticipating Caligiuri’s run and heading him off. Then clears. are you watching, Valencia?
90 +1 min: That’s one way to hold it together! Martial lead a counter-attack, then fed Rooney, who clipped a fine ball back to the young Frenchman. Now it’s Wolfsburg who have to defend frantically, and they end up conceding a freekick just outside the box.
The Wolfsberg Cup matches will be played at various sports parks in the area surrounding Wolfsberg. The venues are never more than 3 kilometres away from each other. The main venue has a modern stadium, 2 beautiful pitches, a canteen and changing rooms. The other venues also have great pitches, a canteen and changing rooms.
A good win against a good team in a good match. A good night all round, then, as United get their Champions League campaign back on the track. Everyone in their group is now on 3 points. Mata, Smalling, Martial: outstanding performances.
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42 min: Wolfsburg’s best move for a while is ruined when Caligiuri gets ideas abvoe hi station and tries to hammer one into the net from 35 yards. He didn’t even get close. As a ball boy sets off to retrieve the ball, the ref comes back to show a yellow card to Schweinsteiger, who was guilty of a tackle so late that if he were a U-bahn train he would be decommissioned forthwith.
75 min: Draxler, who has been quiet for most of the night, plays a cute pass behind Darmian. Schurrle runs on to it but the Italian recovers and diverts the cross behind for a corner. Which United clear.
55 min: De Gea forced into a smart save to thwart Caligiuri’s snapshot from the edge of the box. This game is dingining and donging like billyo. An old football expression that one.
73 min: Ooooh! Caligiuri did well down the right before zipping a pass into Schurrle. The former Chelsea player twisted past Blind and fired a low shot inches past the far post!
74 min: United change: Schweinsteiger off, Jones on. The new man slots in alongside Smalling in central defence, while Blind pushes into midfield. And the pressure from Wolfsburg is mounting ...
90 min: Three more minutes for United to hold it together, just about ...
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88 min: United are ragged. Their ability to retain possession has abandoned them, along with any clue as to what to do beyond praying. And bogging the ball downfield whenever they get it...
70 min: Wolfsburg substitutions: Schurrle and Bendtner on, Dost and Arnold off.
76 min: As PSV cut CSKA Moscow’s lead to one goal - it’s 3-2 in Moscow - Wolfsburg win a corner. And it almost leads to an equaliser! Rooney made his presence felt in the United box, booting a Dante shot clear from right in front of the goal!
49 min: Wolfsburg have begun this half the same way as they did the first. United, too. Wolfsburg nearly played their way right through the centre again with some nifty passing, but it all came undone when Dost ran fractionally too early, the offside saving United.
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All courtesy of a lovely touch from Mata, who sent a reverse flick from the edge of the box over the out-rushing defence and into the path of Smalling, who slid to poke it past the keeper from seven yards.
That was cracking entertainment and the signs are that there is much more to come. Wolfsburg scored a splendid opener and United then came back strongly. But they are playing with a good deal more abandon than Louis Van Gaal can be thought to like. Valencia is struggling at right-back. With Wolfsburg similarly minded, this has been thrillingly open so far. More goals look a certainty.
The history of Wolfsberg (460 m, 25,000 inhabitants) is a long one, stretching back over a thousand years. Wolfsberg is located between Graz and Klagenfurt in Carinthia, at the foot of the Koralpe mountain range. Visitors who approach the city from the south will see the imposing Wolfsberg Castle, which towers high above the atmospheric old town. The Wolfsberg Cup is played a few kilometres from the town centre.