Friday, April 11, 2008

Manchester United to face Barca in UCL 07/08 semi

Following Manchester United's 1-0 victory against AS Roma at Old Trafford this Wednesday with aggregate 3-0, Manchester United set their way to face the test of Barcelona, who also won 1-0 against Schalke 04 with aggregate 4-0, in UEFA Champions League 07/08 semifinal. The other semifinal will match Liverpool, who eliminated Arsenal, against Chelsea, who eliminated Fenerbache, for the third time in the last four years to ensure one English football club to reach the final for the fourth time in a row.

United won the hard-fought game against Roma 1-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to Carlos Tevez's 4th goal in Champions League in 70 minutes and disaster penalty by Danielle de Rossi in 30 minutes in the first half. Barcelona also scored their only goal in the game against Schalke in the first half, this time by Yaya Toure.

This semifinal match will be the most anticipated game in Europe and will be the battlefield between Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer in Premiership and in Champions League , and Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who is expected to return from injury by the first leg of the semifinal. This will also be a match of two most offensive football clubs in the world. Barca trio striker, Samuel Eto'0-Bojan/Thierry Henry-Lionel Messi will compete in terms of productivity against Cristiano Ronaldo-Wayne Rooney-Carlos Tevez, who have scored altogther 15 goals in Champions League this season.

Manchester United are considered favorites in this game, being in their very best form this season led by the extraordinary Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 37 goals in 40 matches this season. However, they should be aware of the potency that last season incident can happen again. Last season, England has three representatives in the semifinal only to lose the title to AC Milan who beat United in semifinal and Liverpool in the final.

Check out the first leg of the semifinal on 23 April at the Nou Camp and the second leg on 29 April at the Old Trafford.

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