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Terry Slips, Manchester United Win Champions League Final

May 22, 2008 12:52 PM
by Denis Cummings
Manchester United won its third European Cup Wednesday, beating Chelsea in a rain-soaked penalty shootout after John Terry slipped while taking his penalty kick.

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Tied at four in the penalty kick shootout, John Terry stepped to the spot with a chance to win the Champions League for Chelsea.

With rain pouring down on Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium pitch, Terry sent goalie Edward van der Sar diving the wrong way, but his plant leg slipped and his shot hit the post. Four shots later, van der Sar stopped Chelsea’s Nicholas Anelka, giving United the 6-5 shootout victory.

Terry, a defender, was a curious choice to take to kick. According to the Chelsea coaching staff, Terry was taking the spot of striker Didier Drogba, who was red carded late in extra time.

As a sobbing Terry was consoled by his coach and teammates, Manchester United players celebrated their second major title in two weeks. On May 10, they won the Premier League title, finishing just two points ahead of Chelsea.

For Manchester United, the night capped a memorable season, one that was dedicated to the 1958 “Busby Babes” team that lost eight players in a plane crash.

Several of the surviving team members were on hand for the game, including Sir Bobby Charlton, who saw Ryan Giggs break his record for career appearances for United. Giggs scored United’s decisive sixth penalty kick goal.

Charlton, like most observers, credited manager Sir Alex Ferguson for United’s triumph: “He has made Manchester United what we always thought it was—number one.”

Headline Link: United wins the Champions League final

Reactions: Chelsea defends Terry, Ronaldo won’t commit

Background: Manchester United vs. Chelsea

Historical Context: The Busby Babes and the Treble

Opinion & Analysis: Compassion for Terry, credit for Ferguson

Related Topics: Big-game goats

Reference: Official Web sites, and the Soccer Web Guide

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