Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Anderson Recalls His European Final Penalty Jitters

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Anderson Recalls His European Final Penalty Jitters

Article excerpt

FORMER United midfielder Anderson thought he was 'f*****' before he took his critical Champions League final penalty against Chelsea in 2008.

Anderson was introduced late in extra-time as United's final substitute with the intention of taking a spotkick in the shoot-out between the Premier League's top two. United and Chelsea converted their first two penalties before Petr Cech thwarted Cristiano Ronaldo.

Frank Lampard, Owen Hargreaves, Ashley Cole and Nani scored before John Terry's fateful slip denied Chelsea a 5-4 penalty victory.

Ryan Giggs suggested Anderson, then just 20, take a penalty and the Brazilian was chosen as United's sixth taker and first in sudden death.

But the midfielder grew anxious when he approached Cech. He said: "I came on to take the penalty. …

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