After 90 minutes of the 2008 Champions League final, Chelsea and Manchester United couldn’t be separated.
Giggs becomes United’s record appearance holder
The game went into extra time and Chelsea continued to put United under pressure.
Salomon Kalou had replaced Malouda as Grant attempted to mix things up with a fresh pair of legs. United manger, Sir Alex Ferguson had done the same just before the end of normal time.
He sent on Ryan Giggs in place of his fellow veteran Scholes. It was a significant moment for Giggs as it was his 759th appearance in a United shirt.
That is one more than the previous record holder, Sir Bobby Charlton who was cheering United on from the stands. What a game to mark the milestone!
Both sides almost win it in extra time
In the fourth minute of extra time Chelsea’s German midfielder, Ballack played a fantastic ball in to Lampard. Lampard struck the ball past Van der Sar but hit the bar and the ball bounced harmlessly away.
United also had their chances and Chelsea skipper Terry had to be in the right place at the right time to prevent them going in front. Good work from Evra created a great opportunity for Giggs. The Welshman’s shot had Chelsea keeper Cech beaten but Terry was able to get back to somehow head the ball off the line.
Chelsea striker is sent off
There was still time for more drama. With just four minutes left of extra time both sides had given everything yet neither had been able to force their noses in front. With so much at stake and the lottery of penalties approaching, tensions were running high.
Players from both teams began squaring up to each other and there was plenty of tit for tat pushing and shoving. It started because Chelsea players were furious at perceived unsporting behaviour from Tevez who had not given the ball back after a number of players had been treated for cramp.
At the centre of the melee were Drogba and Vidic. In a moment of madness, Drogba aimed a slap to the face of the United defender. In truth Drogba’s fingers barley brushed the face of the Serb but he had raised his hands to an opponent and given the referee no choice. By the letter of the law he had to go.
So after 120 minutes of exhilarating football the two teams could not be separated. Both sides had given everything and it was a shame that one of the teams would have to lose. However there is always drama in a penalty shootout so perhaps it was an appropriate way to end such an exciting match.
Tevez took the first penalty. He hit a confident strike into the bottom right corner, sending Cech the wrong way. Ballack took Chelsea’s first penalty, a good choice as German’s never miss penalties. Van der Sar guessed right but Ballack hit the ball beyond him with typical efficiency.
Carrick scored United’s second penalty with a shot to the left of the goal, sending Cech the wrong way. Then Juliano Belletti who had come for Makelele in the last minute of extra time stepped up. He had been brought on specifically to take a penalty and he didn’t disappoint. He passed his shot into the bottom right corner as Van der Sar guessed wrong.
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