Posts Tagged ‘Chelsea

21
May
08

Manchester United Wins UEFA Champions League

Today Chelsea F.C. and Manchester United competed in the first ever all-English Champions League final in a Moscow. Oddly, the game started at almost 11:00p local Moscow time because the majority of TV viewers were in western Europe 3 hours behind making this the first ever Champions League final scheduled over two days. The first half produced two goals, one for each side, with the Manchester goal coming from none other than Cristiano Ronaldo himself on a brilliant header and the Chelsea Goal a product of a Frank Lampard dink past the keeper. In the second half, nothing to write home about UEFA Champions Leagueoccurred offensively, but conversely the defense for both sides was truly top of the line, leaving the game tied and sending it to extra time.

In the second extra time, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba received a red card for a slap to the face he gave to one of the United players. The card rendered Drogba ineligible to compete in the penalty shootout that would occur and thus hurt Chelsea. After 120+ minutes of play Manchester United and Chelsea F.C. went to a penalty shootout to decide the 2008 Champions League final. John Terry, another Chelsea player, was chosen to take the 5th and what would be final penalty kick to decide the match. As he cocked his leg to kick his plant foot slipped a bit and caused his shot to barely miss the right post and causing a 6th PK for both teams. Manchester United keeper Johann Van Der Sar stopped Chelsea’s 7th penalty kick and was immediately surrounding by his teammates in jubilation for their victory of Europe’s version of the Super Bowl.