2008 Champions League Final: Manchester United Crowned Kings of Europe Again

Edward QuinnCorrespondent IMay 21, 2008

Manchester United have won the European Champions League for the third time in their history as they overcame Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out in Moscow.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed an incredible 42nd goal of the season in the 26th minute after a good cross from Wes Brown in a United dominated first half, but Chelsea snatched one before the break as Frank Lampard charged in to slot home just before half-time.

Chances came thick and fast during the game. Tevez missed a few good chances, plus there were misses for Carrick, Drogba and Lampard to name a few, and the game went into extra-time.

The teams were deadlocked through extra-time, but then five minutes from the end of the second period, Didier Drogba was sent off after slapping Nemanja Vidic in the face during a player rumble in the Chelsea area. It went to penalties.

As fate would have it, Cristiano Ronaldo missed his penalty after a good save from Cech. But then John Terry missed the crucial last penalty to send it to sudden death.

Anderson, Kalou and Giggs then slotted their penalties before Anelka stepped up. He sent it to the right side of the goal, and Van der Sar sprawled across to save it to send United fans into wonderland.

And so it was heartbreak for Chelsea, especially John Terry, as they missed out on a first European Crown, while United partied like 1999, with Ronaldo breaking down after Anelka's miss. Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs, who becomes the most experienced Manchester United player after breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's record, lifted the trophy.

I know I should never put my own personal thoughts in an article, but I just have to. I was heartbroken when Ronaldo missed his penalty, elated when Terry hit the post, and then out of my mind when Anelka missed. Such is my support of United, my throat went dry from all the roaring I did.

I can't really say anymore. I'm SO SO HAPPY! So congratulations Manchester United on another Champions League victory, and my deepest sympathies to Chelsea. Despite not liking them, I have to feel sympathy for them.

That's the club football done now everybody!

Bring on Euro 2008, where we will see more explosive footballing talents!

Until the Premier League starts next season, have a great summer footy fans everywhere!