Sunday, December 21, 2008

Manchester United crowned World champions

Manchester United crowned World champions.
Manchester United have won the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup, beating LDU Quito 1-0 in front of 68,682 fans at Yokohama International Stadium.

Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute and he was later awarded the Golden Ball award for being named the Player Of The Tournament.

United deserved their win having turned in a dominant performance against the Ecuadorian underdogs, although the reigning European champions were forced to work hard after defender Nemanja Vidic saw red for an elbow to the face of LDU striker Claudio Bieler just four minutes into the second half.

Before that United had enjoyed the best of the action, with the outstanding Wayne Rooney forcing LDU's veteran keeper Jose Francisco Cevallos into an early save with a stinging volley.

Rooney missed an even better chance just before the break when clean through on goal, as his lob-on-the-run landed on top of the net rather than in it.

It wasn't until after United had been reduced to ten men that LDU began to pose a threat, with tricky midfielder Alejandro Manjos driving his team forward.

He saw one long-range effort pushed away by Edwin van der Sar in the 65th minute, with the Dutch goalkeeper proving that he has lost none of his dexterity despite his advancing years.

Cristiano Ronaldo.
With seventeen minutes remaining United finally broke the deadlock, as for once Cristiano Ronaldo eschewed the showboating antics in favour of playing an easy ball, and Wayne Rooney made no mistake as he stroked an accurate finish from Ronaldo's pass into the bottom corner.

A frustrated Alejandro Manjos was then denied again from long-range, as Edwin van der Sar somehow managed to push his right-foot thunderbolt over the crossbar.

With that Manchester United saw victory within their grasp, as the English giants capped a memorable year by adding the world crown to the English and European titles they won last season.

United's victory was a triumph for coach Sir Alex Ferguson, who brushed aside suggestions from a dismissive British media as he added a world title to his impressive swag of trophies - which also includes the Intercontinental Cup won by United in Tokyo back in 1999.

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2 comments:

John said...

A BIG congratulation to all you Red Devil supporters out there. Truly the year 2008 has been an extra ordinary year for your team. First you guys conquered England, then Europe and now the World.

For me as an Argentina supporter, I must say that I’m pretty sad to see Carlos TEVEZ not getting his name in the score sheet. He was absolutely dangerous while he was on the pitch tonight but it was unfortunate to see him being substitute.

But I’m sure many of you (and football fans alike) will agree that he too played his part in making all this happen for your club.

I’ve just published my review on the final and would appreciate if you could check it out. Drop us comment as well please. Tell us about your ecstatic feeling after this latest victory.

http://mundoalbiceleste.blogspot.com/2008/12/tevez-england-europe-now-world.html

BESTPLAYERINTHEWORLD said...

Sir Alex was right to treat this trophy seriously. It looks good on them.