21/05/2008 19:52, Report by Gemma Thompson in Moscow
Report: MU 1 (6) Chelsea 1 (5)
United are Champions of Europe for the third time after beating Chelsea in dramatic fashion... 6-5 on penalties.
Edwin van der Sar was ultimately the man who made the Reds' dream come true when he saved the Blues' seventh spot-kick taken by Nicolas Anelka. John Terry also missed in the shoot-out, when a goal with his kick would have won the cup for Chelsea.
Earlier, during normal time, Cristiano Ronaldo had put the Reds in front with a first-half header before Frank Lampard equalised in first-half injury time.
Sir Alex Ferguson surprised many pundits, and no doubt his opposite number Avram Grant, by starting with Owen Hargreaves on the right, Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes anchoring the midfield and Cristiano Ronaldo taking up the left flank position. Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez were up front. As for the bench, Gary Neville and Louis Saha were understandable absentees after spending much of the campaign troubled by injury. The biggest shock was perhaps the omission of Ji-sung Park.
The Luzhniki Stadium was a sea of colour and noise before kick-off with the travelling Reds in typically good voice. Their team were the more lively outfit early on with Hargreaves in particular seeing a lot of the ball and sending in a couple of decent crosses from the right.
United were temporarily down to ten men whilst Paul Scholes received treatment for a bloodied nose after a clash with Claude Makelele – for which both players were booked. Thankfully Scholes was back in time to play his part in the opening goal.
Neat play between Scholes and Wes Brown after a throw-in on the right flank gave Brown time to pick out a cross for Ronaldo who expertly directed his header past Petr Cech - his 42nd of a staggering season. Who can’t do it on the big