2008 UEFA Super Cup

2008 UEFA Super Cup

2008 UEFA Super Cup
Date 29 August 2008
Venue Stade Louis II, Monaco
Man of the Match Danny (Zenit Saint Petersburg)[1]
Referee Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)[2]
Attendance 18,064[3]
Weather Sunny
25 °C (77 °F)
78% humidity[4]

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.

Zenit Saint Petersburg 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 in the 90th minute resulted in him missing Manchester United's opening game in their defence of the UEFA Champions League, a home tie against Villarreal.[5]

This was Zenit Saint Petersburg'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 summary

First half

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 half

Andrei 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. O'Shea, Park and 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 Andrei 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 goalwards. 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 UEFA Champions League game of the 2008–09 season, at home to Villarreal.

Match details

Manchester United
Zenit Saint Petersburg
GK 1 Edwin van der Sar
RB 2 Gary Neville (c) Substituted off 76'
CB 5 Rio Ferdinand
CB 15 Nemanja Vidić
LB 3 Patrice Evra
RM 24 Darren Fletcher Substituted off 60'
CM 18 Paul Scholes Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 45+1', 90'
CM 8 Anderson Booked 54' Substituted off 60'
LM 17 Nani
CF 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 32 Carlos Tevez Booked 74'
GK 29 Tomasz Kuszczak
DF 6 Wes Brown Substituted in 76'
DF 22 John O'Shea Substituted in 60'
MF 13 Park Ji-Sung Substituted in 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 Substituted off 71'
CB 28 Sébastien Puygrenier Substituted off 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 Substituted off 46'
CF 8 Pavel Pogrebnyak
GK 1 Kamil Čontofalský
DF 5 Kim Dong-Jin
DF 15 Roman Shirokov Substituted in 62'
MF 2 Vladislav Radimov Substituted in 71'
MF 10 Andrei Arshavin Substituted in 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 also


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