Manchester United Wins Russian-Roulette Club Final

Late-night shootout in Moscow caps long day for British clubs, army of fans

By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff

Posted May 21, 2008 5:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – Manchester United beat Chelsea in a sudden-death shootout to win tonight's European Champions League Final in Moscow, with goalie Edwin van der Sar saving a shot from Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka to seal the all-British encounter, the BBC reports. "The first penalty shoot-out I've ever won in a big game," exhaled Man U boss Sir Alex Ferguson. "I think there was a bit of fate about it."

Thousands of English fans flooded the Russian capital for the championship—which ended after 1am local time—and riot police are standing by in case of hooliganism. So far, however, everyone has stayed on best behavior. “The fans from both teams have conducted themselves in a friendly manner," a Moscow police spokesman told the New York Times.

Chelsea soccer fans show their support in a sea of blue and white colours, as they watch Chelsea play Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League Final soccer match at the Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday May 21.
Chelsea soccer fans show their support in a sea of blue and white colours, as they watch Chelsea play Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League Final soccer match at the Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow,...   (AP Photo)
Chelsea's Salomon Kalou heads the ball during the Champions League final soccer match against Manchester United at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday May 21, 2008.
Chelsea's Salomon Kalou heads the ball during the Champions League final soccer match against Manchester United at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday May 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Manchester United and Chelsea players battle for the ball during the Champions League final soccer match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday May 21, 2008.
Manchester United and Chelsea players battle for the ball during the Champions League final soccer match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday May 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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