Rooney Strikes Late, Sinks Milan

ManU closes in on Champions League final
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2007 6:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – Gifted young English footballer Wayne Rooney brought Manchester United within striking distance of the Champions League finals with a win over AC Milan. His second goal, a 20-footer, came in the final minute of the game and canceled a two-goal performance by Kaka, the celebrated Brazilian forward, as well as spotty defense by his own team.

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ManU now needs only a tie in their last semifinal game to progress to the UEFA Champions League finals, where they'd face either Liverpool or Chelsea.  Meanwhile, Milan head Carlo Ancelotti rued, understatedly, "It seemed we were going to get a good result but that goal has complicated matters." (Read more Wayne Rooney stories.)

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