Sunday, May 4, 2008

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Chelsea continued it’s mastery of the opposition when playing at Stamford Bridge with a 3-2 extra time victory over Liverpool. It a game filled with drama, particularly because of the “away goal” rule, this semi-final was not decided well into the 110th minute. After finishing 1-1 at the end of regulation, Drogba scored his second goal of the game, Chelsea’s third, and it turned out to be needed when Babble scored from 30+ yards out late in the second extra frame.

Manchester United ensured that it will be an all English final in the Champions League final as crafty vet Paul Scholes scored from close to 35 yards away in the 14th minute to give Man U a lead they would not relinquish despite some nervous moments. They advance to Moskow 1-0 for the game and 1-0 on aggregate. United's makeshift backline of Owen Hargreaves at right-back, Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown in the middle and Evra on the left, were immense as time and again they disrupted promising Barcelona attacks. For the first time in the 52-year history of the competition two European teams will meet in the final. The last time Man U went this far, in 1999, they scored twice in the final minutes to defeat Bayern Munich 2-1, ironically in Barcelona. Is this Man U’s year again?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jrrod02 - People will miss Oscar. Despite what anyone says, he was an entertaining fighter. The last of a dying breed, because he was not afraid to fight the best of HIS generation. {I emphasize the word HIS because despite what you feel about greatness of some fighters they were among the best at that particular time} He fought Chavez, Whitaker, Mosley, Trinidad, Hopkins, Vargas, Mayorga, Ruelas, Quartey, Mayweather etc. And regardless of what the outcome was or what you thought the outcome should have been (e.g. I thought the Whitaker fight was clearly a draw at best) he never backed down.
When he is gone boxing will take a huge blow, and not because there is a shortage of great superstars, but because fighters are unwilling to fight anymore. Just look at Mayweather, if he truly is at the prime of his career and the best pfp fighter in the world then act like one. Go out and fight the best!

Anonymous said...

Dawhipseller - As Flavor Flav sang when he was with Public Enemy, "911 is a joke in your town"! Forbes-De La Hoya was a joke! Twelve rounds of sparring, so De La Hoya can stock his millions for retirement! For that performance, De La Hoya doesn't deserve a re-match with Mayweather! Oscar should retire and go into modeling! What is sad, is he has enough sense to fight a fighter who has a grand total of 9 career knock-outs! De La Hoya is washed up as a boxer! Mayweather will knock him out this time, and send him into retirement! If he couldn't knock Forbes out, he doesn't have a chance against Mayweather!

Anonymous said...

mikebodog - I was one of the guys who assumed Oscar would go for the KO in the middle rounds and obviously was wrong. But I am not sure he is disappointed. He had been off for a year and I think he let him off a few times because he wanted to get the whole 12 rounds to help prepare him and sharpen up. I still don't see him hitting Floyd enough to win the fight, but I will wish like hell that he does even though there should be no rematch.
And you Oscar haters can bi te me. He is not an all time great fighter, but he was fun and he fought all of the big names which is more than you can say about a lot of fighters.

Anonymous said...

Mozzy-
why will they miss him??? lol i really find this funny... you chose steven forbes as a step in your three part process to go out on top(nothing against you steve) hows not even in your caliber... my question is why?... is it because you knew it was someone you could beat?... in my neighborhood we call that pus... listen pound for pound your not that real... its all about dollars now for you... if i was prettyboy floyd i wouldnt even waste my time... why mix legacy with this dude who from what i seen and everyone i know has seen got beat hands down... the split decision was a joke. de la hoya your a B+ fighter at best... fall back and be happy where your at in your career.

Anonymous said...

GGear0323 - people need to stop, i too think DLH will lose to PBF, but there was nothing in this fight changed my opinion or reaction to the first fight whatsoever. in this fight he jabbed well, attacked the body and did not look tired toward the end of the fight. in the first fight with PBF, DLH jabbed well and attacked the body early, nothing in this fight makes me think any of these tactics would be worse the second time around against PBF. the first fight was close because PBF started slow and let Oscar get on the inside regularly, in other words PBF was the one who made it close. the only thing that has changed since then is that oscar looks better fighting below 154 so maybe he wont gas out as quickly, but the rematch really depends on Mayweather. if he is more aggressive early he will win much more convincingly than the first. ......
....as for whether we will miss DLH or not, not many of us will miss him fighting in the ring, and on the other hand he really isnt going anywhere, he owns Golden Boy Productions, his fighters are a staple on HBO, he will be at press conferences, and he will be at ringside at every major boxing event. we will be seeing his face for a long time to come

Anonymous said...

Superguy1980-
I was at the fight last night and let me tell you the atmosphere was nothing short of electrifying! Anyone with half of a brain knows that Oscar was toying with Forbes. Forbes got in a few flurries, but come on guys Oscar had him wobbling more than once but didn't go in for the kill. Mikebobdog, I agree that Oscar wanted to go 12 rounds to get in some good work. For those of you saying Forbes is a nobody, he's a former world champ and a heck of a fighter. He's never even been knocked down in his career and has speed for days. He's sparred 100's of rounds with PBF too. He's got skills. At least Oscar still has the grapes to take on top fighters like Mayweather TWICE and perhaps Cotto, especially this late in his career. Mayweather this, Mayweather that, he'll never be the man that Oscar is. Even Floyd Sr. says that PBF is so jealous of Oscar, and I believe it because PBF never showed as much animosity towards anyone for no reason as he did against Oscar. That goes for PBF's whole camp, including Roger and that fat slob joke of a manager Leonard Ellerbe. I feel that Oscar will go out on top, especially with big daddy Floyd Sr. back in his corner now. He'll ride off into the sunset and continue to be the face of boxing for years to come. All of you Oscar haters keep on hating. Try enjoying the sport instead of wasting time hating on one of the greatest fighters of all time.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the Blues have played one less game, and after we beat Newcastle tonight we will be tied with more matches at Stamford Bridge. It's a little too early for all of you Man U supporters to start hoisting the trophy don't you think?