Champions league: Man Utd shoot out Chelsea
Moscow, May 22:
Edwin van der Sar saved the 14th penalty of the shootout on Wednesday to give Manchester United a 6-5 win over Chelsea after a 1-1 draw in the first all-English Champions League final.
Van der Sar dived to his right to block the spot kick from Nicolas Anelka at the Luzhniki Stadium to give the Red Devils their third European Cup title. In a final that included a red card and all the flareups usually associated with meetings between English powerhouses, Cristiano Ronaldo put United ahead in the 26th minute. Frank Lampard equalised in the final minute of the first half.
In extra time, Chelsea hit the post and the bar before goalkeeper Petr Cech saved Ronaldo’s penalty in the shootout. But Blues captain John Terry, stepping up for a chance to win the title, slipped and shot wide. Anderson and Ryan Giggs — making a club record 759th appearance — then hit the target for United.
Chelsea finished the game with 10 men after Didier Drogba was sent off in the 116th minute for petulantly tapping Nemanja Vidic in the face with his hand. Carlos Tevez, Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves and Nani scored United’s other kicks, while Michael Ballack, Juliano Belletti,
Lampard, Ashley Cole and Salomon Kalou scored for Chelsea.
Chelsea stifled United’s efforts to create moves in the first 25 minutes and the action got stuck in the midfield, but Ronaldo scored his 42nd goal of the season in the 26th. Ronaldo headed in a cross from Wes Brown, who had neatly swapped passes with Paul Scholes on the right wing.
Chelsea equalised in the final minute of the half when a shot from Essien hit United defenders Vidic and Ferdinand and the ball dropped to the unmarked Lampard. Lampard hit the bar in the fourth minute of injury time with a left foot shot from 15 yards as Chelsea continued to threaten. But Terry rescued the Blues when he got his head in the way of a goalbound shot from Giggs.