Meanwhile, a 1—1 draw in Villarreal and a 3—0 win at the Emirates Stadium secured Arsenal's status as United's semi-final opponents. The Champions Festival was opened by former Italian international goalkeeper Luca Marchegiani on 23 May and ran until the afternoon on the day of the final, culminating with a football match between a European side coached by Ruud Gullit and an all-Italian team featuring Alessandro Costacurta and final ambassador Bruno Conti. With his players motivated for the game, Guardiola said nothing as they emerged into the tunnel. Retrieved 13 August Wikinews has related news:
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Edwin van der Sar. As if bristled by United's brio, Barcelona soon awoke from their relative slumber to engineer chances of their own. Just shy matcch the minute mark, Messi turned from goalscorer to architect as he laid on a stunning third for Villa. A brilliant free-kick routine between Xavi and Busquets almost found Pedro and then Messi set off on one of his incredible runs, skipping clear of Vidic, sprinting away from Carrick before finding Villa on the right with a perfect pass.
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The draw also determined the semi-final pairings, with United or Porto drawn to matvh against Arsenal or Villarreal. Bewitching Evra on the left flank he cut inside United's box at speed.
The statistics cannot convey the style in which Barcelona played but they can give you an indication of their dominance. United went into half-time level after Wayne Rooney had exquisitely equalised Pedro's opener for Barcelona but after the interval had to concede to their opponent's collective and individual genius, as Lionel Messi and David Villa both etched their names on the scoresheet.
Use dmy dates from November Good articles. Northern and Shell Media Publications. It was the fifth year in a row in which the final involved at least one English team.
As the atmosphere simmered inside a stadium that housed both clubs' first European Cup wins, in and respectively, the inclusion of Eric Abidal in Barcelona's starting XI despite only having recently returned to playing after a battle with liver cancer provided a human element to proceedings that put into perspective Bill Shankly's infamous quip about life, death and its relation to football. However, they could still draw Bayern MunichRoma or Juventus.
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Retrieved 20 September Union of European Football Associations. Discussion in the comment section is welcome and usually well received, but if there is even a slight hint about game outcome, you must use the spoiler tag.
Leatue Wallace Will soaring Spurs be brought back down to Earth by new stadium saga? Retrieved 25 May Archived from the original on 21 May The committee — who decided the venue for the final and the and UEFA Cup Finals at the same meeting — based their decision on a number of factors, champins stadium capacity, safety and security facilities, and accessibility.
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The entire theme was based on a colour scheme of deep red and silver-white. Screamer Barcelona were right to be shocked such was their ascendancy at that stage but still they kept playing their football as the effervescent Messi eased past Vidic with a gorgeous nutmeg before just failing to meet Villa's return pass on the stretch.
Xavi  Fans' Man of the Match: Manchester United, on the other hand, had a losing record against Spanish teams; they had lost 11 and won 10 of their 37 matches. Ffinal from the original on 20 May The most recent of these had come only the season before, when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Highlights English p Full Match English p.
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Retrieved 4 June Cristiano Ronaldo blames tactics for Rome defeat". Sincethe UEFA Champions League final has been given a unique visual identity in order to increase the marketing appeal of the event. Barcelona and Manchester United had previously faced each other nine times in European competitions: Sir Alex Ferguson was gracious in defeat, quick to congratulate Barcelona.
Retrieved 6 May Retrieved 18 May Read how to use it here. The Champions Festival was opened by former Italian international goalkeeper Luca Marchegiani on 23 May and ran until the afternoon on the day of the final, culminating with a football match between a European side coached by Ruud Gullit and an all-Italian team featuring Alessandro Costacurta and final ambassador Bruno Conti.