30 Apr 2009

Man U beat Arsenal

1:55 pm on 30 April 2009

Holders Manchester United have beaten Arsenal 1-0 at Old Trafford in their first leg European Champions League football semi-final.

Defender John O'Shea scored after 17 minutes in a match dominated by United and they can feel they should be travelling to next week's second leg at the home of their Premier League rivals with a greater advantage.

There was concern for United in the closing stages when England defender Rio Ferdinand left the field clutching his ribs but Alex Ferguson's team held firm to stay on course to reach the final in Rome.

The winners of the tie will play Barcelona or Chelsea, who drew nil-all in yesterday in the first leg of their semi-final, in the final in Rome.