Champions League 2008 Extra Time

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CHAMPIONSLEAGUE Chelsea went straight on the attack. Lampard got the first strike in anger which came off the cross bar for a very narrow miss.

Kalou did come on early in extra time.

Ronaldo seems like he has lot confidence in the air with every high ball that comes to him not being challenged by him. Instead he seems to be constantly drifting off the back of his marking defender, I assume hoping the ball will drop long for him. I think that this part of the reason he has gone quiet. He is fantastic with the ball on the ground but seems reluctant to fight for it in the air.

Finally Joe Cole has been replaced. He has had bad cramp.

This extra time has been shut down by both teams with some lacklustre work most of the time. There is however some inspiring individual moments. Giggs had a shot that was deflected by Terry for a corner, but nothing came of that.

Rooney replaced now also.

Tevez just had an awesome shot after Ronaldo gave him great service by foot. Chelsea's keeper Petr Cech saved it easily.

To the half way mark of extra time now with the score still 1-1. Will it  go to a penalty shoot out?

The first 5 minutes of the 2nd half of extra time have not produced anything more spectacular than some cramp, but now there is a free kick for Chelsea from outside the box. Drogba took the shot this time but went wide of the near post.

And finally Man U lift. 2-3 minutes of spectacular football with attack after attack coming on Chelsea. The end result was a cross that was saved by the keeper, but it forced Chelsea to some hard defence. More cramp and then an almost fight with Tevez involved and now there is a fisticuffs happening with most of the players involved in a scuffle. The end result is a yellow card for Ballack and a red card for Drogba and a yellow card for Tevez. Drogbas red card was for slapping Vidic.

Another yellow card for Essien this time. The extra time is turning into a stalemate as the rain comes down hard now in the Moscow stadium. Manchester United do have an extra man so it may be possible to construct something but I suspect t will go to penalties now. Ryan Giggs was unfortunately offside in a great move forward for Manchester as extra time comes to 30 minutes, with 2 minutes added on. Another late movement by Manchester saw Giggs with lots of space just outside the box ending up with a great cross to the far side of the box that ended in a nasty head clash for Ashley Cole and Nani. Cole taken off. Ronaldo takes a great pass from Nani after skilful footwork through the centre, crosses to Tevez who heads it out.

And now penalty shooter substitutions. Anderson on for Brown for Man United, and Makelele comes off to make way for another Chelsea player who is a good penalty taker.

Manchester United will take the first penalty.