2008 UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United vs. Chelsea F.C.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

May 21, 2008
18:45 (UTC)
Manchester United 1–1
Chelsea F.C. Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Attendance: 67,310
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ
Scholes Booked after 21 minutes 21'
Ronaldo Scored after 26 minutes 26' (8)
Ferdinand Booked after 43 minutes 43'
Scholes Substituted off after 87 minutes 87'
Giggs Substituted on after 87 minutes 87'
Rooney Substituted off after 101 minutes 101'
Nani Substituted on after 101 minutes 101'
Vidić Booked after 111 minutes 111'
Tévez Booked after 116 minutes 116'
Brown Substituted off after 120'+5 minutes 120'+5'
Anderson Substituted on after 120'+5 minutes 120'+5'
Booked after 21 minutes 21' Claude Makelele
Scored after 45 minutes 45' (4) Lampard
Booked after 45'+5 minutes 45'+5' Carvalho
Substituted off after 92 minutes 92' Malouda
Substituted on after 92 minutes 92' Kalou
Substituted off after 99 minutes 99' Cole
Substituted on after 99 minutes 99' Anelka
Sent off after 116' 116' Drogba
Booked after 118 minutes 118' Essien

The match took place at the Luzhniki Stadium
Image: fourlingual.

British football clubs Manchester United and Chelsea today competed in the first ever Champions League final containing only English clubs. The UEFA Champions League is a large European football tournament, where the highest ranked teams from many countries compete. Manchester United won 6-5 on penalties.

The logo of the UEFA Champions League
Image: UEFA.

The match started off slowly, with the first goal being scored by Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United. The goal was scored at 19:11 UTC.

Claude Makelele and Paul Scholes were both given yellow cards in the 22nd minute due to a collision in air which resulted in Scholes receiving treatment for a small injury.

A goal scored just before half time, by Frank Lampard, put both sides at an equal position for the start of the second half. The goal was scored from a free kick which was taken as a result of a foul by Rio Ferdinand in the 44th minute. Ferdinand got a yellow card as a result of the incident.

Alex Ferguson, Manchester United Manager
Image: Austin Osuide.

In the first few minutes of the second half, Manchester United were awarded a free kick due to a foul by Ballack, which resulted Ronaldo falling to the ground.

At the mid point in the second half a BBC commentator predicted that changes would be made to the Manchester squad. "Fergie [Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager] remains impassive on the United bench, but surely he can't leave it too much longer before making a change? His team are being over-powered at present," he said.

Drogba aimed to give Chelsea a lead with a shot in the 79th minute, which hit the left hand post.

A late substitution resulted in Paul Scholes being taken off and Ryan Giggs being brought on for Manchester United,


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