Half time - Russian FINAL
By Andrew Cuff
Wednesday 21 May 2008 20:41:00
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KICK OFFFFFFFF 19h45 (BST)Carvalho as he sticks a boot into Ronaldo’s shin. That’s 2 yellow cards a piece. United have done very well isolating Essien leaving Ronaldo to dominate him, Ashley Cole having to do a lot of work as Hargreaves and Brown attack down the right side.

 

United and Chelsea join the field lead by Terry and Ferdinand. United line up with a versatile 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 formation with Van Der Sar, Ferdinand, Vidic, Brown, Evra, Hargreaves, Scholes, Carrick, Ronaldo, Rooney and Tevez. Chelsea have both the Cole’s, Ashley passed fit after Makelele fouled him in training on Tuesday while Chelsea practiced the perfect way to foul the opposition and injury them temporarily. Joe Cole after his elbow injury last week is well enough to start today.

The United side of the stadium with the words ‘BELIEVE’ across the fans. A true reminder of United’s dream, beat Chelsea and bring home the trophy. The sound is thunderous in the stadium from both sets of fans!

A very promising start to the half with great combinations of passes from both teams and searching passes from the United midfield. The referee showing his strength right at the beginning, with decisive decisions, no grey area or leeway given. A half dominated by United’s passing and pressure on Chelsea. A collision between Scholes and Makelele results in a push about by both teams; Scholes left with a bloody nose and a yellow card, Makelele given a yellow for pushing about.

United SCORE!!! With a cross by Wes Brown down the right to the back post where Ronaldo slots it past the orange clad Cech, who is left helplessly lost in the middle of the posts. 1- 0 in favour of United.Only twice in the history of the champions league have a team come from behind to win the game.

Yellow card to Rio as he brings down Lampard outside the box, the free kick goes miles over the bars. Chelsea are lucky to get away after Cech save the double shot from United outside the box after a counter-attack by United. Goal Chelsea. Lampard picks up a lose ball in the box after multiple deflections and slots the ball between Van Der Sar and Ferdinand. On the stroke of half-time a yellow card given to

A promising second half with everything to play for!!!!

United 1 - 1 Chelsea

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