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UEFA Champions League Final 2011: Chicharito Denied By Good Victor Valdes Save

That was close to a key goal and a lifeline for Manchester United, but Victor Valdes somehow managed to get in front of a shot by Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez when the Mexican striker was through on goal. It was an ungainly save, but it worked - Chicharito probably ought to have done better there, however.

Minutes later and it's Nani on the attack, and although he does well to cut inside and smash in a shot it's not a good effort and the ball bobbles harmlessly past Valdes' goal. The Barcelona goalkeeper then picked up a yellow card from Viktor Kassai for wasting time on the resultant goalkeeper. Barcelona have made their first substitution of the match, incidentally - David Villa for Seydou Keita. Assumedly Andres Iniesta will push forward, but it's a more defensive shape. We're less than five minutes from the end at Wembley, and it's 3-1 Barcelona.

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