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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea
Man Utd win 6-5 on penalties
By Phil McNulty

Manchester United won the Champions
League after beating Chelsea 6-5 on
penalties after a dramatic 1-1 draw.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed United in front
after 26 minutes but Frank Lampard
equalised before the interval.
Lampard and Didier Drogba hit the            Ronaldo is
woodwork before the striker saw red in       mobbed after
extra-time for slapping Nemanja Vidic.       putting Man Utd
Ronaldo missed his penalty, but John Terry ahead against
hit the post with a kick that would have won Chelsea
it for Chelsea and Edwin van der Sar saved from Nicolas Anelka.

                            It sparked wild celebrations for
                            Sir Alex Ferguson and his
                            players in the Moscow rain as
                            United won Europe's elite trophy
                            for the third time, a triumph
                            made more poignant coming 50
                            years on from the Munich air crash.
Ferguson had made it his mission to take the trophy back to
Manchester this year in memory of those who died, and those who
survived, in the tragedy in Munich in February 1958.
And it gave the 66-year-old Scot his second Champions League
triumph, repeating his success against Bayern Munich in Barcelona
in 1999.
Chelsea captain Terry had to be consoled by boss Avram Grant
as he broke down in tears after missing the penalty that would
have given his side the trophy. He slipped in his run-up on turf
made treacherous by a torrential downpour and sent his kick
against the upright.

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Scenes in Manchester as United win

The penalty shoot-out capped a thrilling game with passages of play of the highest calibre,
with United dominating the first half but Chelsea showing huge reserves of character,
resilience and ability to dominate after the break.
United may have been fuelled by the fates, however, and they rode their luck and Sir Bobby
Charlton - a survivor of the Munich disaster - joined the players in the ceremony as they
went up to collect their medals.
The opening exchanges amounted to little more than sparring - but the game burst into life
after 20 minutes after an aerial collision between Paul Scholes and Claude Makelele that left
both players with a yellow card and the Manchester United veteran with a bloody nose.
Ronaldo had been giving Michael Essien a torrid time, and his threat was transformed into
tangible results after 26 minutes when he soared above the Chelsea defender to meet Wes
Brown's cross and head his 42nd goal of the season and put United ahead.


Chelsea were almost gifted an equaliser in bizarre circumstances seven minutes later when
Van der Sar was forced to claw away a header from his own defender Rio Ferdinand after
Drogba forced Lampard's cross into the six-yard box.
Petr Cech somehow denied Manchester United a second in the 34th minute after a stunning
move that swept from one end of the field to the other in an instant and left Chelsea
exposed.
Wayne Rooney found Ronaldo with a raking pass, and his cross was delivered to perfection
for Tevez, whose header was blocked by Cech - who then recovered to make a magnificent
one-handed save from Michael Carrick's follow-up effort.
Tevez was denied again four minutes before the interval when he escaped the attentions of
Makelele but could not slide in Rooney's low cross.


United were left to regret their missed chances when Chelsea took advantage of several
slices of good fortune to equalise on the stroke of half-time.
Essien's shot was speculative at best, but two crucial deflections off Vidic and Ferdinand saw
the ball fall kindly for Lampard, who slotted in a neat finish - and his celebration
demonstrated that the goal was dedicated to the memory of his late mother Pat, who died in
April.
Chelsea were transformed by the equaliser, passing with purpose and looking the more likely
side.
And the much-debated Luzhniki Stadium pitch was suddenly starting to exert an influence,
with both Ferdinand and Lampard suffering from cramp.
Drogba had been a peripheral figure for much of the game, but he produced a moment of
brilliance with 13 minutes left when he curled a right-foot shot against the post from 25
yards.
There was a moment of history three minutes from the end of
normal time when Ryan Giggs replaced Scholes to make his
                                                                  Terry slipped at the
759th appearance for United, beating the previous club record
                                                                  vital moment in the
held by United legend Charlton, who was watching from the         shoot-out
stands.
Chelsea boss Grant bizarrely left it until two minutes into extra-time to make his first
change, sending on Salomon Kalou for the disappointing Florent Malouda.
The woodwork denied Chelsea again seconds later when a superbly disguised pass from
Michael Ballack set up Lampard, but his shot rebounded to safety off the bar with Van der
Sar beaten.
United were left cursing 10 minutes into extra time when Chelsea captain Terry headed off
the line miraculously from Giggs after Patrice Evra had shown pace and strength to fashion
the opening.
Rooney had suffered a frustrating evening, and he looked less than satisfied when he was
hauled off as United introduced the pace and unpredictability of Nani.
Drogba was sent off four minutes from the end of extra time by Slovakian referee Lubos
Michel for slapping Vidic after an ugly melee developed when Chelsea felt Tevez and been
unsporting in returning the ball after a break for players to be treated for cramp.
Tevez and Carrick were on target for United as the shoot-out started, with Ballack and
Juliano Belletti following suit for Chelsea.
Ronaldo then made a hash of his effort, stopping in his run-up before seeing his kick saved
by Cech.
Lampard was successful from the spot and Owen Hargreaves scored under pressure before
Ashley Cole's penalty took Chelsea to the brink of victory.
Nani scored to prolong the tension, but with defeat staring United in the face, Terry threw
them a lifeline with his miss.
Substitutes Anderson and Kalou traded successful kicks before Giggs threw all the
responsibility on Anelka as the shoot-out reached sudden death - and it proved too much for
the striker, who saw his penalty palmed away by Van der Sar to crown United as kings of
European football once again.
Tevez and Carrick were on target for United as the shoot-out started, with Ballack and
Juliano Belletti following suit for Chelsea.
Ronaldo then made a hash of his effort, stopping in his run-up before seeing his kick saved
by Cech.
Lampard was successful from the spot and Owen Hargreaves scored under pressure before
Ashley Cole's penalty took Chelsea to the brink of victory.
Nani scored to prolong the tension, but with defeat staring United in the face, Terry threw
them a lifeline with his miss.
Substitutes Anderson and Kalou traded successful kicks before Giggs threw all the
responsibility on Anelka as the shoot-out reached sudden death - and it proved too much for
the striker, who saw his penalty palmed away by Van der Sar to crown United as kings of
European football once again.

				
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