Tuesday, April 29, 2008

April 29, 200820:45 (CET)
Manchester United 1–0 Barcelona Old Trafford, Manchester, England Attendance: 75,061 Referee: Herbert Fandel
Scholes 14′ (1)Carrick 63′Ronaldo 68′Nani 77′Giggs 77′Scholes 77′Fletcher 77′Evra 90′ + 3′Silvestre 90′ + 3′ Match Report 52′ Zambrotta 54′ Deco 61′ Iniesta 61′ Henry 70′ Touré 72′ Eto’o 72′ Bojan 88′ Touré 88′ Guðjohnsen

Manchester United are heading to Moscow, Russia to play in the UEFA Champions League Final on May 21 after beating Barcelona 1-0 on Tuesday evening. The aggregate score finished 1-0 after last Wednesday’s goalless draw in Barcelona, Spain.

Former England midfielder Paul Scholes scored the only goal of the match in the 14th minute with a swerving strike from 25 meters after collecting a loose ball that resulted from a Gianluca Zambrotta clearance error. Scholes and team captain, former Wales international Ryan Giggs are the last remaining players from the Manchester United side that beat FC Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, played in Barcelona’s own Camp Nou stadium.

Manchester United’s defensive resiliency continued from last Wednesday’s 1st leg and withstood Barcelona’s attack as Lionel Messi and company failed to unsettle United’s back line, despite a 4-3-3 formation spearheaded by Eto’o, Messi, and Iniesta’s persistent pressure in the attacking third of the pitch. Barcelona managed to put several shots near the home goal, but never really tested Dutch international goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar.

The win for Manchester United guarantees the first all-English final in European Champion League and Champions Club Cup history when they face Chelsea in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on May 21.