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MOSCOW (AP) — John Terry ran up to the ball, with Chelsea needing only a successful penalty kick to win its first European Champions League title. The Blues captain slipped on the wet turf of Luzhniki Stadium and his shot glanced off a post.
Terry fell to the ground and bent over, his head between his knees, and Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar raised his arms in triumph. A few moments later, Van der Sar was celebrating again, batting away Frenchman Nicolas Anelka’s drive to give United its third European title.
“If it wasn’t for the slip by John Terry, it would have been all over,” Van der Sar said after Manchester United beat Chelsea 6-5 in a rain-soaked penalty shootout yesterday following a 1-1 tie. “It’s our luck that he slipped.”
This championship, following titles in 1968 and 1999, came in the 50th anniversary year of the plane crash that killed eight United players in Munich. Fourteen penalty kicks were needed to decide the first final between two English teams.
In a testy match that saw eight yellow cards, the ejection of Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and a broken nose for United’s Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 42nd goal of the season with a header in the 26th minute off a Wes Brown pass.
Chelsea tied it in the 45th when Michael Essien’s shot hit defenders Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and the ball dropped to an unmarked Frank Lampard, who scored from 12 yards. He pointed both hands skyward in honor of his mother, who died April 24.
“When we missed the penalty kick, we thought we were in trouble,” said United’s Alex Ferguson, who led the club to its 22nd title overall since he became manager in September 1986.
Anderson and Giggs then converted for United around Salomon Kalou’s score for Chelsea.
That left it up to Anelka and Van der Sar correctly dived to his right. At just past 1:30 a.m. local time, the save set off another celebration for the Red Devils, who 10 days earlier won their second straight English Premier League title by edging Chelsea on the final day of the season.
“That’s the first penalty shootout I’ve ever won,” Ferguson said. “I lost three with Aberdeen and three with United, so it’s seventh-time lucky.”
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