Egyptian Premier League fixtures (15th matchday)    Communication ministry provides 20 electronic services via digital means    Tennis: Federer overcomes slow start, reaches Australian Open QFs    Erdogan says Haftar cannot be expected to respect Libya truce    Lebanon's Bank Audi chooses Egypt's EFG Hermes as financial advisor in deal to sell its Egypt unit    Israel approves travel to Saudi under limited circumstances    STC claims negotiating to acquire stake in Vodafone Egypt    Iraqi security forces clash with hundreds of protesters in central Baghdad    Dozens pulled from rubble as Turkey quake toll hits 35    Trump says U.S. will not lift sanctions to negotiate with Iran    Live score: Egypt's Ahly v Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel (African Champions League)    China virus ability to spread getting stronger    US registers third coronavirus case: Health officials    Egypt's Sisi awarded by Germany's St. George medal for peace-making in Africa    Major Gulf stocks slump over spreading coronavirus fears    EBRD is interested in pumping investment into Egypt: President    Egypt denies cases of coronavirus among its citizens in China    Trump to reveal Middle East peace plan, amid Palestinian rejection    EGX expected to maintain sideways at 13,700-14,000 amid low liquidity    Zero coronavirus infection in Egypt, eastern Mediterranean region, says WHO    E-Commerce latest strategies to double online business    Egypt to play Tunisia for African Men's Handball Championship title, Olympics qualification    MOI pardons 2,957 prisoners on Police Day    A whisper from the past: voice of 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy reproduced    France confirms three cases of deadly China virus    Egypt's AOI, Canada's Point North Co signs deal to revamp SEMAF    GEM at the forefront of Egyptian tourism promotion in 2020    A year of major tourist openings ahead: Al-Anani    Two Iraqi protesters killed, 25 wounded in clashes with police: Sources    Despite FDA's anti-vaping campaign, popularity of e-cigarette grows    Interdisciplinary study reveals new insights into evolution of sign language    Books not to miss this book fair - The dreams and agonies of an Egyptian filmmaker    Technical, legal committee meeting on GERD concludes in Khartoum    Financial solvency biggest challenge in Egypt's smart transport market    Egypt's Sisi marks National Police Day with visit to Police Academy    Audio recording: The voice of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy    Egypt's achievements will be starting point for building modern state: El-Sisi    Al-Sisi reviews GERD negotiation updates ahead of Washington meeting    Sesame Street launches Arabic TV programme for Middle East children dealing with displacement    Egypt in a group with Gabon, Libya, Angola in 2022 World Cup qualifiers    Egypt to play Angola for group leadership in African Men's Handball Championship quarter-finals    Maspero triangle's towers will be up and standing in 30 months: NUCA    TMG to sponsor 5 Egyptian athletes qualified to Tokyo Olympics 2020    ‘Djamila Bouhired' movie star Magda al-Sabahi dies at 89    Egypt is best tourism destination for 2020 according to BBC    Egypt's Zamalek, Smouha presidents hit with disciplinary sanctions by EFA    Egypt's President Sisi pardons some prisoners on 25 Jan. Revolution anniversary    Egypt's Sami Anan released after near two-year detention    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Manchester United's Giggs: Nani's red card was shocking
Giggs said that nothing has shocked me more than Nani red card
Published in Ahram Online on 10 - 03 - 2013

Ryan Giggs said nothing has shocked him in his 1,000 matches as much as his Manchester United team mate Nani's red card against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Giggs, 39, took part in the 1,000th first class game of his career against Real and in an intriguing interview with his former United team mate Gary Neville in The Mail on Sunday, Giggs said he was staggered when Nani was sent off.
"I've never, ever experienced a shock like it on a football pitch because I just didn't expect it," he said of the game-changing moment. "And I've never seen a stadium in shock like that."
United were leading 1-0 and 2-1 on aggregate when, in the 56th minute, Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir gave the Portuguese winger a red card for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.
The incident had a huge effect with Real coming back to win 2-1 and qualify for the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.
"I'd initially gone over to tell (the referee) Nani was looking at the ball," Giggs told Neville, with whom he played alongside at United for 19 years.
"I've gone back to my position on the edge of the box, because they've got a free kick.
"I was actually looking at the referee when he did it (showed the red card). I've never, ever experienced a shock like it on a football pitch because I just didn't expect it."
Sky Sports analyst Neville, who came through the youth ranks at United at the same time as Giggs, said he had been going to Old Trafford since he was five and had never experienced astonishment like it.
Giggs agreed saying: "It was, but the only thing I could think of was 'Right lets try and stay comnpact. Let's try and ride it out.'"
Madrid boss Jose Mourinho brought on Luka Modric after the dismissal and the Croatian equalised with a superb curling shot in the 66th minute before former United hero Cristiano Ronaldo scored what proved to be the winner three minutes later.
Giggs said Modric's excellence, as well as Nani's dismissal helped turn the tie.
"You can't really say anything about the goal; it was brilliant by Luka Modric.
"There's not a lot you can do, going down to 10 men. Carra (Michael Carrick) was in the back four and he had to come out to Modric, close him down, whereas if we'd had 11, he would have been there probably.
"Take nothing away from Modric, it was a great goal."
Giggs said that despite all the hype surrounding the occasion, playing in his 1,000th match did not mean all that much to him.
"I don't want to sound dismissive, that it didn't matter, but no, it didn't. When I retire I will look back at it and I am really proud of getting to 1,000 games but.. I just wanted it over with. That doesn't really matter to me, that stuff."
(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports)

Clic here to read the story from its source.