United Kings of Europe

Edwin van der Sar was the hero as United were crowned champions of Europe for the third time after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Forty years after first winning the European Cup at Wembley in 1968, and 50 years since the Munich tragedy, fate played a big part as a dramatic Champions League final went to penalties.

After Cristiano Ronaldo had missed his kick for United, John Terry had the chance to win the cup for Chelsea, but the Blues skipper slipped on the run up and his penalty hit the post. After Anderson and Giggs, plus Kalou for Chelsea, then converted, Nicolas Anelka’s sudden death shot was finally saved by van der Sar, sparking jubilant scenes among United’s rain-soaked travelling contingent.

Cristiano Ronaldo had given United a 26th minute lead with a header from Wes Brown’s cross in a first half which the  Reds dominated. Carlos Tevez had two clear chances to put United 2-0 ahead, but his efforts were well saved by Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, who also denied Michael Carrick.

Chelsea gained a foothold in the game in the final few minutes of the first half, and equalised with almost the last kick of the half, when a deflected Michael Essien shot fell kindly for Frank Lampard, who beat Rio Ferdinand and Van der Sar.

The Londoners dominated the second half and Didier Drogba struck the post, before Frank Lampard did likewise in extra time. Ryan Giggs, making a club-record breaking 759th appearance for the Reds, spurned United’s best chance.

In the second period of extra time, Drogba was red carded for a slap on Nemanja Vidic, but despite the one man advantage, the Reds couldn’t make the breakthrough on a heavy pitch, and so the final went to that heart-stopping penalty shoot-out.

For more details and a complete match report visit: http://www.manutd.com

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4 thoughts on “United Kings of Europe

  1. @Girish:
    First of all, let me say that Man United is the 2nd best team in the WORLD(forget Europe or England), as the 1st team is Brazil (they play really good football).
    Well am sorry for you man, as well as all the others who do not support Man Utd, coz it’s a great team. They play a bewitching football, although they lose somtimes, bt all teams lose matches, its part of the game.

    Man United is like a religion for its fans, me being one of them means that i follow a second religion as well lol.

    Now lets get to the point… There has NEVER been a team managed or coached by a single Manager for over 22 years, but Sir Alex Ferguson is one of them. He took this team when they were facing relegation in the late 1980’s. Now this is one of the world’s finest team!!! Plus, Man U have players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville who joined the club in the early 1990’s, and are still part of the squad…just think about all those players who every yr want to play for another club (even Cristiano Ronaldo!!!)

    Not to forget that Giggs has beaten a very famous footballer’s record in the name of Sir Bobby Charlton, a former United and England player, who is now President of the club, and Giggs has not retired yet :p , and he has 759 appearances to 758 for Charlton.

    Of course, top of the tops is the 10th Premier League title for the “Red Devils” as we call them, and since the Premier League has been formed, LIVERPOOL HAVE NOT YET WON IT ONCE, even thou they hold 18 titles, whereas teams like Chelsea and Arsenal have won it for the past seasons. Man Utd is now 1 champions title behind Liverpool.

    But all this because for those who are eager about football should know that Man U lost almost its whole team and staff members in the 1958 Munich air crash, and building a new team takes time, determination and experience.

    Old Trafford is called the Theatre of Dreams because the fans and management dare to dream for a better future at the club, and every team which comes to play on this field have an inner fear which never quits them until the final whistle, because when Man Utd start to make their own dreams come true, the other teams find themselves in HELL!!!

    So cheers to the Red Devils, and repect to all those players and staff members who lost their lives 50 yrs ago.

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  2. @Girish: This is why i said they were destined to win… 🙂 Coz most of the situations went in favour of Manchester United, the ball of Drogba which hit the post, even Terry missing that penalty and if u have seen the match stats, even though Chelsea had made more attempts on goal, Man Utd had greater shots on target… 😛 And about team making the football ground into a fighting ground 😀 I think the proof of Drogba getting the red card is a proof of which team made it into a fighting ground. 🙂

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  3. hey i am not certain that man utd was destined to win helios
    i am more certain that chelsea would have win if some of the opposite team did not make the match become a fighting ground
    n yea can some1 please confirm me of this rule : the max height for a leg(along with it shoes to reach) in a football match.. as i knw in kickboxing it goes upto the head of the opponents.. btw hits on the face is also allow in kickboxing but with a front punch not as in football back punch so u can check if that is correct or not

    n yea another thing:: IS tevez a player or fighter.. every ball he got been turned out to be either a foul… oops only the penalty where he was alone with the balll same for vidic .. Please from a guy who dont watch football so often … be fair in everygame u play n in ur discipline

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  4. That’s a great victory for Man Utd, and yeah that was really a thrilling match… As well as got quite some events during the final… Players getting injured more frequently… but in the end it really seems Manchester United was really destined to win the UEFA Champions Cup 2008. 🙂 Cheers…

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