While the Premier League nears its return, there is still time for some sporting nostalgia – and it doesn’t come much bigger than Manchester United and Chelsea‘s epic 2008 Champions League Final, 12 years ago to this day.
The Premier League rivals travelled to Moscow as Russia hosted its first ever Champions League final, contested by United and Chelsea in the first all-English club final in the competition’s history.
It was a particularly special occasion for United; the final fell on the 100th anniversary of their first league title triumph, the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, also 40 years since their first European Cup win in 1968.
And United certainly didn’t disappoint. They took the lead in the 26th minute, talisman Cristiano Ronaldo typically rising to the occasion to head his side into a 1-0 lead.
Chelsea swiftly hit back, however, Frank Lampard equalising before half-time after a Michael Essien shot rebounded off Rio Ferdinand and straight into his path.
Crucially, Chelsea forward Didier Drogba was sent off after slapping Nemanja Vidić just four minutes from time, subsequently unable to contribute in the following penalty shoot-out.
It was Chelsea who took the advantage in the shoot-out, but John Terry‘s infamous slip gave United a lifeline after Ronaldo missed their third spot-kick.
Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar then saved Nicolas Anelka’s effort to hand United their third Champions League title in what goes down as a truly historic footballing spectacle.
Watch the video at the top of the article to relive that famous night courtesy of BT Sport…