May 21, 2008

Manchester United Complete Double: The Champions League final was won on a sloppy rain-soaked pitch in Moscow when Manchester United held off 10-man Chelsea on (gag) penalties after John Terry slips taking decisive attempt.

posted by scully to soccer at 09:20 PM - 17 comments

First substitution from either team was in the 87th minute. I was really surprised that Scholes didn't come off at the hour mark and that SAF didn't replace either Carrick or Hargreaves with enough time left to maybe win in regulation. Harsh playing throughout and Michel surely cemented his place in the Stamford Bridge Hall of Voodoo Dolls after the early yellow to Makelele and bad decisions on who put the ball over the end line time and again in the second half. Drogba's red, though, that one they cannot count against the ref. Even so, the Red Devils needed every scrap to get this trophy home. Does the result make any of you think Portugal's odds of winning Euro2008 just went up?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:25 PM on May 21, 2008

As a hater of both teams, I enjoyed this match, if only because of Drogba's sending off (how to you lose your head like that), Ronaldo's PK miss (it's about time that classless run, stop, kick thing bit him in the ass), and Terry's bottling it at the last (nothing witty to say, just never really liked the guy). Schadenfreud? Yes. Entertaining. Also yes. But seriously, I'm just glad both teams pretty much went for it rather than setting up their buses in front of the goal.

posted by trox at 10:48 PM on May 21, 2008

As a City fan, my only retort is "We pulled two on you this season. Eat it, Scum."

posted by igottheblues at 12:22 AM on May 22, 2008

Drogba is an idiot. That was one of the dumbest things I have ever seen. Wow. At least Zidane's headbutt made for awesome Youtube videos.

posted by fatfryar at 04:30 AM on May 22, 2008

Ah well... At least Terry got to miss a penalty at a critical juncture even if we aren't in Euro 2008. His year's complete now.

posted by Drood at 04:51 AM on May 22, 2008

I wasn't pulling for either team per se, but was hoping the trophies would be split rather than ManU getting the double. However, the only time I showed any emotion during the game was when Ronaldo missed his PK. I got out of my chair, pointed at his head and shouting "Ha! You missed, you diving fuck!" and then went back to my seat. My wife, who also dislikes Ronaldo, laughed when she saw my display after 120 minutes of sitting passively.

posted by scully at 05:42 AM on May 22, 2008

posted by Mr Bismarck at 07:10 AM on May 22, 2008

I don't understand why Terry was so distraught after the match. It's not like he isn't used to disappointment in major events. After all, he plays for England.

posted by Jeffwa at 07:42 AM on May 22, 2008

Strange. I just don't understand how someone can enjoy and respect the game of football and dislike John Terry. He represents everything that is good about the game. To list all his qualities on the pitch would be pointless, ya'll watch, you know exactly what they are. Do display such glee over what will undoubtedly become known as his greatest failure because you support some crap team whose entire squad can't equal the heart and character of JT is pathetic and petty. Anelka missed the deciding penalty. Blame should be laid on the Incredible Sulk followed closely by the manager who left Essien out of the first five and should have put Ballack in the 5 hole.

posted by r8rh8r27 at 08:32 AM on May 22, 2008

Yeah John Terry is a real stand up guy link 1 link 2 link 3 I know these were all several years ago and he's remained fairly clean since, but I wouldn't say he represents everything good about the game. Someone like Dirk Kuyt is way better suited for a title like that. Gentlemanly, charitable and hard working. Terry is certainly one of the best at what he does but I think falls just a bit shy in the humanitarian race.

posted by Ricardo at 09:12 AM on May 22, 2008

Terry still gets his cheap shots in on the pitch as well, but unlike Drogba, he's smart enough to keep his hands below the chest.

posted by trox at 10:18 AM on May 22, 2008

The only thing that would have made me happier than watching Chelsea lose yesterday would have been watching Man U also lose. I don't know if that's possible, but a fella can dream.

posted by chicobangs at 11:00 AM on May 22, 2008

How about the fact that Terry is always, and I mean always, in the referee's face? And not in the "I'm the captain, so let's have a respectful word" kind of way. I don't take any pleasure in Chelsea losing (nor did I take any pleasure in United winning), but I'm not ready to jump on the "heart and character" of John Terry bandwagon either.

posted by holden at 01:12 PM on May 22, 2008

Good game. I don't really understand all the Terry hatred. He took a penalty, lost his footing, hit the post and because of Anelka's miss was upset that he'd contributed to his team losing the final. That's about all there is to it really.

posted by squealy at 06:50 PM on May 22, 2008

Looks like the British fans didn't get to see much of Moscow.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:32 PM on May 22, 2008

Instant Karma. Maybe.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 01:31 PM on May 23, 2008

And to pile on the karma, reports here suggest Drogba was originally listed to take the fifth Chelsea penalty, the one that was missed by Terry.

posted by owlhouse at 05:21 PM on May 23, 2008

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