manU, Barcelona win in quarter-finals
Wayne Rooney scored in the 24th minute to give Manchester United a 1-0 win over Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, and Barcelona routed visiting Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 Wednesday night to close in on a semifinal matchup with Real Madrid.
Following his hat trick against West Ham last weekend, Rooney met Ryan Giggs’ pass in the penalty area and slotted past goalkeeper Petr Cech to give United its first win at Stamford Bridge in nine years. Fernando Torres remained scoreless since Chelsea acquired him from Liverpool in January.
Charged by England’s Football Association for swearing into a television camera while angrily celebrating a league goal on Saturday, Rooney’s face four days later was a picture of happiness as he was mobbed by his teammates to celebrate his 13th United goal of the season. “Wayne got a lot of abuse and late tackles but he played his game,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “He was important on the counterattack and he was in tremendous form and he has given us a great chance of reaching the semi.”