Sir Alex Ferguson 25 Years Story | Champions League 2008

Champions League 2008

Nine years on from the breathtaking finale at the Nou Camp, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow was the setting for more European drama involving United.

In the year that marked 50 years since Munich, a familiar foe stood in United’s way of more Champions League glory. The Reds, who had made it to the final via victories over Olympique Lyon, Roma and Barcelona in the knock-out rounds after a successful run in the group stage, had already seen off Chelsea’s challenge in the title race, and Sir Alex’s men made the best possible start to the final against the Blues when Cristiano Ronaldo headed home his 42nd goal of the campaign on 26 minutes.

Frank Lampard netted an equaliser on the stroke of half-time and indeed prompted a period of domination for the South Londoners for much of the second period. Extra-time still couldn’t split the sides although Chelsea lost out numerically when Didier Drogba was dismissed for slapping Nemanja Vidic as the clock edged towards 120 minutes.

The ensuing penalty shoot-out will forever be remembered for John Terry’s crucial slip, record-breaking appearance-maker Ryan Giggs’ decisive sudden-death spot-kick and Edwin van der Sar’s trophy-clinching save from Nicolas Anelka which confirmed the Reds as Kings of Europe once more.

Group stages
Sporting Lisbon 0-1 United
United 1-0 AS Roma
Dynamo Kyiv 2-4 United
United 4-0 Dynamo Kyiv
United 2-1 Sporting Lisbon
AS Roma 1-1 United

Last 16 v Olympique Lyon
1-1 (A), 1-0 (H)

Quarter-final v AS Roma
0-2 (A), 1-0 (H)

Semi-final v Barcelona
0-0 (A), 1-0 (H)

Chelsea 1-1 United – Reds win 6-5 on penalties


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