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When the clock strikes 12…will the late start hit Utd and Chelsea?
After 60 minutes of the 2008 Champions League final all eyes will be on the pitch, but for a not-so-obvious reason.
The match, to be held in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on May 21, kicks off at 2245 local time to accommodate mid-evening audiences in the rest of Europe.
Fans will surely be wondering what happens to footballers after midnight…
Will a Cinderella story turn sour for somebody when the clock strikes 12? Will Cristiano Ronaldo’s golden slippers turn into useless flippers?
In all seriousness though, I’d like to know what effect the late kick off will have on the biggest game in English football for many a moon.
The two sets of fans will have more time to sample the vodka before the game, while the players will certainly have to adjust their body clocks so they reach their physical peak when most Moscovites will be in bed.
In the event of extra time and penalties the game could be winding up well past 0100.
Can we realistically expect a game played at a million miles an hour or will it be a dour defensive affair?
PHOTO: Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo lies on pitch during their Champions League semi-final second leg match against Barcelona at Old Trafford, April 29. REUTERS/Albert Gea