Goal keeper Edwin van der Sar saved the 14th penalty of the shootout on Wednesday to give Manchester United a 6-5 win over Chelsea after a 1-1 draw in the first all-English Champions League final. Van der Sar dived to his right to block the spot kick from Nicolas Anelka in rain at the Luzhniki Stadium to give the Red Devils their third European Cup title, ten days after United edged Chelsea to win the Premier League title.
In a final that included a red card and all the flare-ups usually associated with meetings between English powerhouses, Cristiano Ronaldo put United ahead in the 26th minute. Frank Lampard equalized in the final minute of the first half.
In extra time, Chelsea hit the post and the bar before goalkeeper Petr Cech saved Ronaldo’s penalty in the shootout. But Blues captain John Terry, stepping up for a chance to win the title, slipped and hit the right post.
With this win Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson took his haul of titles with the club to 22 in as many seasons since he joined September 1986.