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2008 UEFA Super Cup

The 2008 UEFA Super Cup was the 33rd UEFA Super Cup, a football match played between the winners of the previous season's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup competitions. The 2008 competition was contested by Manchester United of England, who won the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, and Zenit Saint Petersburg of Russia, the winners of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. The match was played on 29 August 2008 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.

2008 UEFA Super Cup
Date29 August 2008
VenueStade Louis II, Monaco
Man of the MatchDanny (Zenit Saint Petersburg)[1]
RefereeClaus Bo Larsen (Denmark)[2]
25 °C (77 °F)
78% humidity[4]

Zenit won the match 2–1, Pavel Pogrebnyak scoring just before half-time, before Danny doubled the Russians' lead just before the hour mark. Nemanja Vidić reduced the deficit to one goal in the 73rd minute, but it was not enough to wrest the trophy from Zenit's grasp, as they became the first Russian team to win the competition. The sending-off of Paul Scholes for handball in the 90th minute resulted in him missing Manchester United's opening game in their defence of the Champions League, a home tie against Villarreal.[5]

This was Zenit's first appearance in the competition, while Manchester United had appeared twice before, in 1991 and 1999; their first appearance finished in a 1–0 win over Red Star Belgrade, while their most recent appearance was a 1–0 loss to Lazio, the last winners of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup to compete in the UEFA Super Cup.


Match summaryEdit

First halfEdit

The opening exchanges of the match were dominated by Zenit, counter-attacking down their right flank, exploiting the attack-minded Patrice Evra. Both Konstantin Zyryanov and Aleksandr Anyukov created opportunities on the right wing, only for Pavel Pogrebnyak to miss the target from a promising position on both occasions. Danny also managed to break into the box from the right-hand by-line, only for Rio Ferdinand to block his low cross.

Up at the other end, United had a couple of half-chances of their own as, first, Carlos Tevez hit a weak shot into Vyacheslav Malafeev's arms before sprinting after a ball played up the right wing, just managing to keep it in, before breaking through one tackle into the box and squaring the ball to Wayne Rooney. However, the England striker's first touch was poor, and the delay meant that the chance had passed.

Zenit's pressure began to mount and, with half-time approaching, they won a corner on the left-hand side. Alejandro Domínguez took an in-swinging corner. Igor Denisov flicked the ball on at the near post, and it floated over Edwin van der Sar for Pavel Pogrebnyak to head in on the line. Paul Scholes picked up a yellow card shortly after the game had restarted, but the half-time whistle soon followed and Zenit went in on top.

Second halfEdit

Andrey Arshavin, a target for Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur over the summer, came on as a substitute for Alejandro Domínguez at half-time, but it was Danny who made the breakthrough for the second goal on the hour mark. Picking up the ball just inside the United half, the United defence continued to back off from him and he broke into the box, firing a shot past Edwin van der Sar, who dived the wrong way.

A Carlos Tevez effort came close to pulling a goal back for Manchester United, and sparked a period of sustained pressure for the European champions. As United began to get into full swing, the Zenit side struggled to cope and, after Tevez had been found in space in the box by Wayne Rooney, he pulled the ball back to Nemanja Vidić who stabbed the ball into the net from six yards out. John O'Shea, Park Ji-sung and Wayne Rooney all went close as the clock ran down, but it was Danny who went closest to getting another goal for Zenit, shooting over the bar with just Van der Sar to beat after picking up a through ball from Andrey Arshavin.

With only a minute of normal time remaining, Wes Brown sent over a cross from the right wing. Paul Scholes rose to meet the ball, but, instead of heading the ball, he stuck out his right arm and punched the ball into the goal. The referee had no hesitation in showing Scholes a second yellow card and sending him off. The red card meant that Scholes would miss Manchester United's first Champions League game of the 2008–09 season, at home to Villarreal.

Match detailsEdit

Manchester United  1–2  Zenit Saint Petersburg
Vidić   73' Report Pogrebnyak   44'
Danny   59'
Attendance: 18,064[3]
Manchester United[4]
Zenit Saint Petersburg[4]
GK 1   Edwin van der Sar
RB 2   Gary Neville (c)   76'
CB 5   Rio Ferdinand
CB 15   Nemanja Vidić
LB 3   Patrice Evra
RM 24   Darren Fletcher   60'
CM 18   Paul Scholes   45+1'   90'
CM 8   Anderson   54'   60'
LM 17   Nani
CF 10   Wayne Rooney
CF 32   Carlos Tevez   74'
GK 29   Tomasz Kuszczak
DF 6   Wes Brown   76'
DF 22   John O'Shea   60'
MF 13   Park Ji-sung   60'
MF 28   Darron Gibson
MF 34   Rodrigo Possebon
FW 31   Fraizer Campbell
  Sir Alex Ferguson
GK 16   Vyacheslav Malafeev
RB 22   Aleksandr Anyukov
CB 4   Ivica Križanac   71'
CB 28   Sébastien Puygrenier   62'
LB 11   Radek Šírl
DM 44   Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (c)
RM 18   Konstantin Zyryanov
LM 27   Igor Denisov
AM 19   Danny
CF 7   Alejandro Domínguez   46'
CF 8   Pavel Pogrebnyak
GK 1   Kamil Čontofalský
DF 5   Kim Dong-jin
DF 15   Roman Shirokov   62'
MF 2   Vladislav Radimov   71'
MF 10   Andrey Arshavin   46'
MF 20   Viktor Fayzulin
FW 9   Fatih Tekke
  Dick Advocaat

Man of the Match:
  Danny (Zenit Saint Petersburg)[1]

Assistant referees:
  Henrik Sonderby (Denmark)[2]
  Anders Norrestrand (Denmark)[2]
Fourth official:
  Nicolai Vollquartz (Denmark)[2]

Match rules[6]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


First half[3]
Manchester United Zenit Saint Petersburg
Goals scored 0 1
Total shots 4 5
Shots on target 2 2
Saves 1 2
Ball possession 42% 58%
Corner kicks 2 3
Fouls committed 10 7
Offsides 1 0
Yellow cards 1 0
Red cards 0 0
Second half[3]
Manchester United Zenit Saint Petersburg
Goals scored 1 1
Total shots 9 4
Shots on target 4 3
Saves 2 3
Ball possession 51% 49%
Corner kicks 4 0
Fouls committed 6 5
Offsides 1 1
Yellow cards 3 0
Red cards 1 0
Manchester United Zenit Saint Petersburg
Goals scored 1 2
Total shots 13 9
Shots on target 6 5
Saves 3 5
Ball possession 46% 54%
Corner kicks 6 3
Fouls committed 16 12
Offsides 2 1
Yellow cards 4 0
Red cards 1 0


Danish brewers Carlsberg were the main sponsors of the event,[7] and the Man of the Match award was officially called "Carlsberg Man of the Match".[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Haslam, Andrew (29 August 2006). "Danny dazzles on debut to remember". Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Larsen to blow the Super Cup whistle". Union of European Football Associations. 27 August 2008. Archived from the original on 24 May 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Full Time Report" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Line-ups" (PDF). Union of European Football Association. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  5. ^ Lyon, Sam (29 August 2008). "Man Utd 1-2 Zenit St Petersburg". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 30 August 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
  6. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Super Cup 2008" (PDF).
  7. ^ "UEFA announces Carlsberg sponsorship of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2008.

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