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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #320 on: May 05, 2009, 03:57:03 AM »
Exciting two nights indeed...just that Barca should really play their natural fluent game and they for sure will be in the finals...as for ManU, they already have an upperhand...still very exciting two nights of football awaits us  :))


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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #321 on: May 05, 2009, 02:01:10 PM »
wow ManU how has started!!! 0-2 in just 10 minutes  :eek:

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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #322 on: May 06, 2009, 12:25:36 AM »
FANTASTIC, BRILLIANT, AMAZING, A DREAM COME TRUE!! WE'RE IN OUR 2ND SUCCESSIVE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL AND GET TO DEFEND OUR TITLE IN ROME IN THE BIGGEST FOOTBALL GAME GOING :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause: :cloud 9: :winner: :swoon: :shakey: :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause: :cloud 9: :winner: :swoon: :shakey: OMG I'm just so excited that we destroyed Arsenal 3-1 on the night and 4-1 over the 2 games and made the Final again. We've never lost a European Cup Final in 3 attempts so I hope that continues! We were just fantastic last night, our class and experience really showed over Arsenal. Park's goal was a really clever finish, Ronaldo's 1st was a 41 yard beauty, and then Ronaldo's 2nd was United at their deadly best, on the brake, Park, Rooney and Ronaldo were so quick, 13 seconds from Vidic heading it away in our box to Ronaldo scoring. Just 1 downside, the shocking referee's decision to give Arsenal a penalty but more so send Fletcher off. He clearly got the ball and as a result of that sending off the poor lad misses the chance to be a part of the final and amazingly in this competition you can't appeal!! How an earth you can have a player missing the biggest game of all for a fantastic bit of defending I'll never know!!

So our dream of being the first ever team to retain the Champions League goes on and still the fantastic Quadruple + Communnity Shield lives on. This could be absolutely perfect if we can wrap the Premier League up now and then go to Rome and win the biggest prize of all for a 2nd successive year :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause: :cloud 9: :winner: :swoon: :shakey:
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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #323 on: May 06, 2009, 01:16:58 AM »
Ruthless Man Utd cruise into final
Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd (agg 1-4)
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By Phil McNulty
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Manchester United produced a virtuoso display to remain on course to become the first team to retain the Champions League - and destroyed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's dream of winning his first European trophy.

Arsenal's hopes of wiping out a single-goal deficit from the first leg ended inside 11 minutes as United struck twice to silence an expectant crowd at the Emirates.

Ji-Sung Park pounced on Kieran Gibbs' slip for a close-range finish after eight minutes, while Cristiano Ronaldo fired a 40-yard free-kick past startled keeper Manuel Almunia three minutes later.

It left Arsenal's plans, plus Wenger's bold promise of a "magnificent" performance from his players, in tatters as they were simply unable to cope with the power, pace and energy produced by Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Ronaldo's second goal of the game after 61 minutes summed up his side's display in the space of a few devastating seconds.

Arsenal were undone from their own corner by a superb sweeping move that also involved starring roles for Park and Wayne Rooney before Ronaldo completed the formalities with a flourish. It rubber-stamped United's passage into a final against Chelsea or Barcelona in Rome on 27 May - and on this evidence they will take some stopping.

The only blot on United's otherwise perfect night came 16 minutes from time when Darren Fletcher was sent off by referee Roberto Rosetti, who ruled the midfielder had fouled Cesc Fabregas as he raced in on goal.

Robin van Persie's penalty will not cause United as much pain as Fletcher's suspension for the final.

If United's first-leg performance did not bring the margin of victory it deserved, they were full value for this triumph.

And as Ferguson and United's players celebrated, Wenger was left to contemplate the stark statistic that Arsenal have not won a trophy since they beat these same opponents in the 2005 FA Cup final - and looked light years behind them on the evidence of these two games. United will now press on to try to seal another Premier League title, safe in the knowledge they can take a tilt at winning this European trophy for the fourth time.

Arsenal attempted to crank up the atmosphere inside the Emirates by placing thousands of flags on seats around the stadium but two early blows from United ensured they were swiftly lowered.

United were desperate for the away goal that would leave Arsenal facing a mountainous task and they were gifted it via an error from Gibbs. He looked comfortably positioned to clear Ronaldo's routine cross but he slipped and Park was on hand to take advantage by sliding in to lift a finish over Almunia.

Arsenal's plight became virtually impossible three minutes later when another mistake, this time from Almunia, allowed United to double their advantage and leave the Gunners requiring four goals.

Van Persie fouled Ronaldo 40 yards out and while his strike was sweetly-struck and dipping, Almunia must take responsibility for moving too late to save an effort that arrived at a comfortable height.

Arsenal's players - and their thousands of followers - were visibly shell-shocked and Rooney almost made it three after 18 minutes.

Playing with great discipline in a left-flank role, he cut in dangerously to test Almunia with a shot the keeper was just able to turn to safety.

United were in complete control and Ronaldo was just off target with a header from Anderson's resulting corner.

Arsenal had been dominated to such an extent that they were reduced to ignoring Wenger's long-held philosophies as they launched aimless balls in the direction of Emmanuel Adebayor and Van Persie.

Their only response was a tame header from Fabregas that provided little more than catching practice for Edwin Van der Sar.

If Arsenal hoped the interval would inspire some remarkable transformation in a one-sided encounter, they were to be disappointed as United simply resumed with the same air of superiority.

Ronaldo tested Almunia with a low shot at his near post before he added United's third - a goal that summed up the quality of his side's performance.

From an Arsenal corner, Ronaldo found Park just 20 yards from his own penalty area. He played in Rooney and when he served up a perfect pass, there was Ronaldo to complete a picture goal with a finish high past Almunia.

It afforded Ferguson the luxury of being able to remove Rooney and Patrice Evra, players who would have missed the final had they had picked up another yellow card.

Fletcher did, however, suffer that fate when he was shown a straight red card by referee Rosetti 14 minutes from time when Fabregas tumbled as the pair collided in the penalty area.

Rosetti awarded a penalty, which Van Persie duly scored, but replays showed Fletcher appearing to get a clean touch on the ball before Fabregas fell to the ground - although there was no suggestion the Arsenal captain dived.

United then simply played out time before taking deserved acclaim at the conclusion of a magnificent team effort - as Europe's elite trophy came into sight for Ferguson and his men once more.
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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #324 on: May 06, 2009, 01:20:13 AM »
A few pictures from last night  :))
O'Shea and Arsenal's Van Persie:

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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #325 on: May 06, 2009, 01:21:10 AM »
Park giving Gibbs constant problems:

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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #326 on: May 06, 2009, 01:22:12 AM »
Park perfectly finishes the ball to send United 1-0 up on the night.

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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #327 on: May 06, 2009, 01:23:21 AM »
Rooney congratulates and celebrates Ronaldo's stunning goal to make it 2-0 after just 11 minutes:

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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #328 on: May 06, 2009, 01:25:11 AM »
Ronaldo brilliantly finishes off a stunning United move that went from defence to attack in just 13 seconds, 3-0 United!!

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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #329 on: May 06, 2009, 01:26:20 AM »
The 1 downside to the night, Fletcher wrongly sent off and misses the Final!!

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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #330 on: May 06, 2009, 01:28:09 AM »
The celebrations begin as we reach the Champions League Final and get to play for the biggest prize of all again :yahoo: :cloud 9: :grind dance: :shakey: :winner:

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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #331 on: May 06, 2009, 04:31:38 AM »
Wow what a performance from manU!!! Excellent offensive attack and Arsenal are supposed to be such good counter punchers but manU  :worthy: :worthy:

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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #332 on: May 06, 2009, 05:28:36 AM »
congrats Chris!! very nice match yesterday!! both goals from Cristiano are awesome!!  :not worthy: :not worthy:

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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #333 on: May 06, 2009, 08:05:39 AM »
Huge congrats to Man U and hopefully another CL Final repeat !
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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #334 on: May 06, 2009, 12:51:32 PM »
congrats Chris!! very nice match yesterday!! both goals from Cristiano are awesome!!  :not worthy: :not worthy:

Thanks Borovnia, I'm still so happy :cloud 9: another week of going through those emotions and build up of last year will be interesting  :scared: Cristiano's goals were stunning, a wonder strike and an incredible break and finish for the 2nd. Over to you guys now- I hear Henry is definitely out. Best of luck tonight in your quest to meet us in the biggest game of all :)
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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #335 on: May 06, 2009, 12:54:09 PM »
Huge congrats to Man U and hopefully another CL Final repeat !

Thanks Luggy  :)) best of luck for you guys too tonight, a repeat of last years outcome(United with the trophy) would be perfect as far as I'm concerned :cloud 9: just not that much drama please- can't go through that again  :scared:
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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #336 on: May 06, 2009, 03:37:44 PM »
INIESTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA :lmao:
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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #337 on: May 06, 2009, 05:13:05 PM »
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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #338 on: May 06, 2009, 05:25:21 PM »
No comment (none of the words can't explain how I feel )
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Re: UEFA Champions League 2008/2009
« Reply #339 on: May 06, 2009, 05:43:17 PM »
Am I missing something here? Why are Sky Sports showing a stream of letters from angry Chelski fans about how cheated they are? All I saw was:
2 'handballs' that were blatantly ball to hand, and therefore not penalties.
Drogba go down when Toure clearly took the ball and dive against Abidal.
Malouda try and run through Pique and ask for a penalty when Pique didn't obligingly get out of the way.
Anelka dive 2 steps after barely brushing past Abidal when he was clean through on goal, to get Abidal sent off.

So, I think the referee made 1 big wrong decision and it went in favour of Chelski. But I have no doubt sid and Lugburz will tell me Chelski should;ve had 5 penalties, it's all a conspiracy, Anelka was tripped by Abidal and isn't diving cheating scum (yes, we have Ronaldo but you have Drogba, Ballack and Anelka) and that Terry, Ballack and especially Drogba were justified in their disgusting abuse of the referee at the end?