Monday, May 23, 2005

[manchester-united] Digest Number 366

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There are 2 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Arsenal win Cup in penalty drama
From: "Stu Sharp" <stusharp@btinternet.com>
2. Re: manchester united vs arsenal 0-1
From: Joanna Lao <silva_chair@yahoo.com>

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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 18:02:13 +0100
From: "Stu Sharp" <stusharp@btinternet.com>
Subject: Arsenal win Cup in penalty drama

I have never seen a more one-sided game - football is the cruellest game at
times

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Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd (aet)
Arsenal win 5-4 on penalties

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Patrick Vieira lifts the FA Cup
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Photos
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the final
Arsenal won a penalty shoot-out to lift the FA Cup after a final that was
dominated by Manchester United.

Jens Lehmann made the crucial save from Paul Scholes as the destination of
the trophy was decided on penalties for the first time in its history.

United were left empty-handed after Wayne Rooney hit the post and Freddie
Ljungberg deflected Ruud van Nistelrooy's header on to the bar.

Jose Antonio Reyes was sent off before Patrick Vieira's deciding penalty.

United were in control for almost the entire match, but German goalkeeper
Lehmann was in inspired form, saving brilliantly from Scholes in extra-time
and then producing the stop that won the Cup for Arsenal.

Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney and Roy Keane were on the mark for
United in the shoot-out, but Arsenal's spot-kicks were flawless.

Lauren, Ljungberg, Robin van Persie and Ashley Cole were on target before
captain Vieira stepped forward to score.

United sprang two surprises in their starting line-up, with Roy Carroll
preferred to Tim Howard in goal and Ryan Giggs left on the bench in favour
of Darren Fletcher.

Arsenal selected Philippe Senderos ahead of Sol Campbell in central defence,
and the youngster was quickly under pressure as United pressed.

Ronaldo escaped the attentions of Lauren on the left flank, and his cross
found Scholes unmarked but his finish was uncharacteristically wayward.

Arsenal were leaving Dennis Bergkamp isolated up front, but the ploy was
unsuccessful as the Gunners had little attacking joy in the opening half.

United had one early scare when Carroll dashed from his line and misjudged a
long ball from Senderos, but Reyes was unable to take advantage.

Rio Ferdinand had the ball in the net after 21 minutes after Jens Lehmann
blocked Rooney's drive with his legs, but the goal was ruled out for
offside.

Rooney then brought a fine save from Lehmann when he turned a stinging drive
over the top after good work by Van Nistelrooy.

Wayne Rooney takes a spectacular tumble
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Rooney was in good form again but couldn't break through for United

United dominated the early stages of the second half, with only a desperate
tackle from Kolo Toure stopping Rooney before Ronaldo fired narrowly off
target from 20 yards.

Ronaldo was tormenting Lauren, and eventually the Cameroon defender was
booked after 61 minutes following a succession of fouls.

And it almost proved expensive as Ronaldo fired the resulting free-kick only
inches over with Lehmann beaten.

Arsenal then had their best chance when United failed to clear a free-kick
and Robert Pires shot over.

Wenger made a change after 64 minutes, replacing Bergkamp with Ljungberg.

Rooney came closest to breaking the deadlock with an audacious attempt to
beat Lehmann at his near post, but the Arsenal keeper recovered and got a
slight touch on to the upright.

Van Nistelrooy was then inches away from connecting with Ronaldo's cross as
United continued to dominate.

Keane had a glorious chance to win the Cup for United with five minutes left
when Lehmann misjudged Ronaldo's corner, but Vieira provided a crucial
block.

And seconds later Ljungberg miraculously cleared Van Nistelrooy's header off
the line and up on to the bar as Arsenal hung on desperately.

Giggs came on for Fletcher at the start of the extra time - but it was
Arsenal who finally posed their first serious threat seven minutes after the
re-start.

Mikael Silvestre was harshly penalised for fouling substitute Robin van
Persie, and the Dutch youngster forced a fine diving save out of Carroll
from the free-kick.

Lehmann rescued Arsenal again when he blocked Scholes on the the turn,
before Van Nistelrooy missed United's best chance, heading wide of an open
goal from six yards.

As the game entered the dying seconds, Reyes was sent off for fouling
Ronaldo having earlier been booked.

Then came the penalties - and the miss by Scholes that proved decisive.

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Arsenal: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Senderos, Cole, Fabregas (Van Persie 86),
Vieira, Silva, Pires (Edu 105),Bergkamp (Ljungberg 65), Reyes.
Subs Not Used: Almunia, Campbell.

Sent Off: Reyes (120).

Booked: Cole, Lauren, Reyes, Vieira.

Man Utd: Carroll, Brown, Ferdinand, Silvestre, O'Shea (Fortune 77), Fletcher
(Giggs 91), Keane, Scholes, Ronaldo, van Nistelrooy, Rooney.
Subs Not Used: Howard, Gary Neville, Smith.

Booked: Silvestre, Scholes.

Att: 71,876

Ref: R Styles (Hampshire).

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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 15:10:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: Joanna Lao <silva_chair@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: manchester united vs arsenal 0-1

this isn't just a good season for us

beverley <bevmid@tmo.blackberry.net> wrote:Yeah.
I was in pub to watch at the match. I cried!!!!! Many Arsenal fans were there, so I couldn't stand!!
:-(
:-(
But Red Devil is still in our hearts, isn't right??

MU forever!!!!

-----Original Message-----
From: Anastasia Avilla <charlotte_angelz@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 18:01:18
To:manchester-united@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [manchester-united] manchester united vs arsenal 0-1

damn!!
man utd has just lost from arsenal on final FA CUP today, 21st may 2005, saturday!!!!!

they were playing as best as they can

the score still 0-0 after full time and the referee gave them more times...

still not getting any...

the penalties are so bad....

arsenal won from the penalty kick!!!!
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