United reign in Moscow
Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1 (6-5 on penalties) (Moscow 21 May 2008 )
Manchester United needed extra time and penalties to get the better of compatriots Chelsea and win the ultimate European club prize. Cristiano Ronaldo met Wes Brown's cross with a towering header to put United ahead in the 26th minute. van der sar made a point-blank save to claw away a header from his own defender Rio Ferdinand in the 34th minute and a minute later Petr Cech made a double save to deny a Tevez header and brilliantly keep out Michael Carrick's follow-up shot, but on the stroke of half time a shot from Essien was deflected into the path of Lampard who restored parity for Chelsea. The Londoners came close in the 2nd half with Drogba striking the post from outside the area, but extra time was needed, in which Lapmard stabbed the ball past van der Sar only to see it come off the underside of the bar, and Ryan Giggs had his goal-bound shot headed away by John Terry. As tension grew, minutes before the penalty shoot-out Drogba received his marching orders for a slap on Vidic. With Ronaldo being the only player to have his penalty saved, John Terry stepped up in the pelting rain to win the cup for Chelsea, but slipped and saw his shot hit the post, giving United a lifeline. van der Sar made the all important save from Anelka to hand Manchester United the European Cup 50 years on from the Munich air crash.