“Glory, Glory, Man United. As the Reds go marching on….”
Manchester United are Champions of Europe for the third time after beating Chelsea in dramatic fashion… 6-5 on penalties.
You cannot believe this.
The Luzhniki Stadium prepares to welcome two English teams for the first time in Champions League final history.
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.
It was definitely a dramatic and tiring match for each player on the Moscow pitch.
Bleeding Scholes trying to get up on its feet
Manchester United were temporarily down to ten men whilst Paul Scholes received treatment for a bloodied nose after a clash with Claude Makelele – for which both players were booked with a yellow card each. Thankfully Scholes was back in time to play his part in the opening goal.
A goal opener from Cristiano Ronaldo
It was definitely a neat play between Scholes and Wes Brown after a throw-in on the right flank gave Brown time to pick out a cross for Ronaldo who expertly directed his header past Petr Cech – his 42nd goal of a staggering season. Can you believe it? 42 goals for 2007/2008!!!
A red card for Drogba
I definitely didn’t expect this to happen.
Didier Drogba was sent off for a petulant slap on Nemanja Vidic at the end of extra-time.
Why must you slap Vidic, Drogba? Why?
Van De Sar – Hero of the Day
Eventually, the game headed for penalties. There Manchester United were to have their glory but not before Ronaldo had his penalty saved by Petr Cech, to give Chelsea a brief advantage.
When Terry squandered his opportunity to win it for the Blues, Anderson scored to level for United – then Kalou and Giggs both netted before Anelka stepped up for the final decisive spot-kick, saved superbly by Edwin van der Sar.
Edwin van der Sar’s penalty shoot-out save from Nicolas Anelka handed United only their third ever European Cup and ensured the Reds finished the season as double winners.
True champions of soccer – Manchester United
It is definitely a jubilant year for Manchester United as they celebrate a double for 2008. Champions of England and Champions of Europe!
Well done, Manchester United! Glory, Glory, Manchester United.
I declare that I am proud to be a Manchester United fan. Always and Forever.
*All pictures are taken from ESPN Soccernet Gallery.