Thursday, May 22, 2008

united triumph: relive the moment in moscow

Manchester United was crowned as the best in Europe after they ousted Chelsea in Luzhniki Stadium early this morning (Malaysian time). The scoreline after 130 minutes 1 - 1, and the penalty shootout result 5 - 4 to Man Utd.

Let's relive the moment in Moscow, and see how the Red Devils made through 130 minutes of football, plus the penalty shoot-out.

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All English affair in city of Moscow.

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Before kick-off, the lucrative honour and silverware all managers and players crave for. It will be the Cup to fight for between Chelsea and Manchester United.

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Cristiano Ronaldo rose high to the top to meet Wes Brown's cross, guiding in his header to the back of the net. Chelsea defenders looked helpless, and Cech was stunned in his position, he didn't even move.

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Paul Scholes were left bloodied after clashing with Claudia Makelele. He suffered concussion, and had momentary blurred vision. He stayed on to play through the match until 87 minutes, that's when Ryan Giggs was introduced into the game. Giggs also made history by breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's club record appearance in Europe.

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Manchester United dominated the first half, while Chelsea took charge most of the second. They ended 90 minutes with a 1 - 1 stalemate. Not even a Didier Drogba's red card in the 116th minute could change the scoreline.

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The hero, almost a villain the same night, had his spot kick saved by Petr Cech. It was Manchester United's third kick.

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A slip of a lifetime. John Terry missed the kick, which could have sent the trophy to London instead, after he slipped while taking his kick. He was left soaked in rain of agony.

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A hero's redemption. Edwin van der Saar made it count the most after his save on Nicolas Anelka's penalty kick, the first attempt after the shoot out went into Sudden Death. van der Saar failed to save any in the previous 5 shots, JT sent his shot completely wide.

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New crop of heroes. The miss, the save, the luck. Manchester United - the Champion in 2008.

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ahlost said...

How can they took such nice pictures hor?

allen said...

[ ahlost ]
They use heaps of kancils-turn-cannon to take pictures with. LOL!