Cristiano Ronaldo made blunt John Terry remark after Man Utd beat Chelsea
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On this day 15 years ago, Manchester United beat Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final. It came down to a penalty shootout in Moscow, with John Terry squandering the chance to give the Blues club football’s ultimate prize. And Cristiano Ronaldo had no sympathy for the iconic defender in the immediate aftermath of the game.
Manchester United went ahead against Chelsea, with Ronaldo rising to head home a pinpoint cross from Wes Brown.
But the Blues came roaring back, with Frank Lampard capitalising on a slip from Edwin van der Sar to draw his side level.
Chelsea also struck the woodwork during the final as well, with both Lampard and Didier Drogba seeing efforts come agonisingly close.
And with nothing to choose between the two teams, the game went to a penalty shootout.
Ronaldo missed his effort, with the Portugal international seeing his spot-kick saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.
That then gave Terry the chance to win the Blues the trophy, with the England international looking sure of himself as he stepped up.
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However, on a rainy night in Russia, Terry slipped and his effort sailed wide with Van der Sar then saving from Nicolas Anelka to win United the trophy.
In the immediate aftermath of the game, Ronaldo was asked about the Blues skipper.
And he had no sympathy for his Chelsea counterpart, merely saying ‘this happens’ as he basked in the glory of a first Champions League triumph.
“This happens,” said the forward.
“Everyone wants to score a penalty but it’s a great feeling when your team win, on penalties, it’s a great moment.”
Ronaldo also admitted he was disappointed to have missed his own penalty – but also put focus back on the goal he scored.
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“Well I felt disappointed but I scored in the game,” said the attacker, who would go on to stay for another 12 months before leaving for Real Madrid.
“This is the most important I try and help my team all the time, I think I scored a great goal.
“And I missed a penalty but this happens with the players, it’s a lottery you know.
“Chelsea can win or us, I think Edwin made two great saves.”
Back in 2020, Terry was asked about his infamous miss.
And the Chelsea icon revealed he’d been practicing panenkas in training prior to the final, only to then tweak his method.
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“On the build-up to finals you take penalties, and you go through the routines, and you do the walk from the halfway line,” he said.
“We’d been doing that for two weeks at the training ground, and I’d been dinking them down the middle like the panenka!”
In 2015, Terry also revealed he was still haunted by the memory of his penalty miss – despite going on to lift the trophy in 2012.
“I’ll definitely never be over it,” he said at the time. “I still wake up in the night now and it’s like s***, it’s there and then you go back to sleep.
“It’s eased over the years for sure.
“But I still have a few times a year when I wake up and, bang, it’s on my mind.
“It’ll never go. It’s one of those things, it’s disappointing, and I was gutted at the time.”
He continued: “The worst thing was, we had England the following week, we played USA at Wembley and I had to go and sit at a table with all the Man United players.
“I was just sitting there fuming.
“I didn’t want to be there. It was a horrible time for me.”
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