What a great game awaits us on Wembley Stadium in London, Saturday 28 May 2011. Two great teams that will surely bring a great spectacle to the fans. If someone was told to pick the two teams with the most enjoyable play from all the teams qualified for this year`s season of the Champions League Tournament would have picked Barcelona and Manchester United for sure.
Both teams, undefeated in this season of Champions League, will face each-other in a game awaited by millions of fans, and probably billions of viewers from all over the world.
Barcelona after winning the fisrt leg in Madrid against life time rivals Real Madrid 2-0, went into the second leg to defend this advantage. They played very well, despite the fact that the field was pretty much soaked after a heavy rain just before the start of the game.
Real Madrid tried to attack from the start of the game hoping for a quick goal to boost up their chances to go to the final. It didn`t happen, Barcelona defended very well and went on fast breaks on every ocasion. The first half ended 0-0 and the supporter`s hopes to see some goals were left for the second half.
The second half pretty much started as the first one, with Real Madrid in attack and Barcelona defending precisely. Barcelona kept threatening the goal of Casillas and they efforts payed up in the 54`th minute when, after a genious pass fron Iniesta, Pedro managed to put the ball in the back of the net, past Real Madrid`s goalkeeper. It was 1-0 and Real Madrid`s chances to get into the final plummeted to the ground. They haven`t lost their hope and they managed to level the score 10 minutes later, by a goal from Marcelo after a good effort by Higuain, first hitting the right post fron near the goal, and then offering a goal assist to Marcelo, just in front of the goal.
After that, Real Madrid continued pushing to get the 2 goals they needed but Barcelona defended very well, keeping the score at 1-1 and getting the tickets fir the final.
A special moment was the return on the pitch of Eric Abidal, after a health issue that kept him off the grass, and nearly threatened his life. The fans cheared his name and in the end the players of Barcelona gave big hugs to their team mate.
Manchester United, as expected, played without the most important players, but the substitutes that played, did a very good job. Goals scored by Valencia, Gibson and 2 from Anderson gave Manchester United a 4-1 victory, and with a 6-1 aggregate score, the "Red Devils" move into the final to meet Barcelona.
Schalke tried to stay in the game, even came back after being led 2-0 to take the score to 2-1, but Manchester pushed as needed and got a conclusive victory in the end. They gave the impression that if they would have needed to score 7 goals to qualify, they would have done it.
Manchester qualified for their third Champions League final in the last 4 years, and this will be a rematch of the 2009 final, when Barcelona won 2-0. Manchester United would love to get a sweet rwvwnge after the lost final from 2 years ago, but it would be very hard against Barcelona.
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