(CNN) -- Manchester United have won the Champions League 6-5 on penalties after the first all-English final finished 1-1 after a dramatic 120 minutes of action on a rainy night in Moscow.
Manchester United players hold the European Cup aloft after their dramatic 6-5 victory over Chelsea on penalties.
Substitute Nicolas Anelka's spot-kick was saved by Edwin van der Sar to hand United victory, after Chelsea captain John Terry had struck the post with his penalty -- when a goal would have taken the trophy to London for the first time in its history.
Earlier, with the teams locked together 2-2 on penalties, United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo had seen his penalty saved by Peter Cech, handing Chelsea the advantage.
But Terry's dramatic miss, with the central defender seeming to slip as he took his kick, took the shoot-out into sudden death.
The match itself proved an epic with United having the best of the first 45 minutes. Watch CNN's Don Riddell sum up the match »
Ronaldo, switched to the left flank, was causing all sorts of problems for makeshift right-back Michael Essien and in the 15th minute he produced a great cross which just evaded the flying leap of midfielder Owen Hargreaves.
But the warning was there for Chelsea and, just 11 minutes later, Ronaldo again showed why he is the most coveted player in the world by giving United the lead with his 42nd goal of the season.
A superb one-two on the right wing between Wes Brown and Paul Scholes resulted in Brown delivering a delightful cross deep into the box, where Portuguese international Ronaldo comfortably outjumped Essien to plant his header into the bottom corner, leaving keeper Peter Cech stranded.
The goal stirred Chelsea into life and they nearly levelled in the 32nd minute with their first serious goal-scoring chance.
Frank Lampard's cross from the left was nodded back across the area by Didier Drogba. United captain Rio Ferdinand, under pressure from Michael Ballack, headed towards goal and it needed a superb reflex save from Edwin Van der Sar to stop Chelsea equalizing.
The match was proving a great advertisement for the Premier League -- and only a magnificent double save from Cech prevented United from doubling their lead just a minute later.
The tireless Wayne Rooney picked up possession in his own half and launched a magnificent crossfield ball for Ronaldo, who controlled and sent in a teasing cross for the onrushing Carlos Tevez.
The Argentine striker's header was pushed away by Cech and the ball eventually broke for Michael Carrick -- only for the Chelsea goalkeeper to again produce a match-saving stop.
United continued to dominate possession and with four minutes of the half remaining, the superb Rooney produced another tantalising cross from the right which the covering Claude Makelele missed completely. Tevez was lurking behind but his despairing lunge also failed to connect with the goal gaping.
However, with just a minute left of the half, Chelsea brought the scores level with an unlikely equalizer. A long-range shot from Essien took a couple of deflections and fell beautifully to Lampard, whose run into the box had not been covered by the United defense.
With Van der Sar slipping at an inopportune moment for United, Lampard was left with a simple chance to slide the ball home.
The goal prompted an emotional celebration as the England midfielder pointed to the heavens in a tribute to his mother Pat, who died earlier this month.
If United dominated the first half, then the second period belonged to their opponents as Chelsea, bouyed by Lampard's goal, looked a different side after the break.
Essien, given a nightmare first 45 minutes by Ronaldo, started turning the tables on his tormentor with regular forays into the United half.
The Ghanaian nearly put Chelsea ahead in the 54th minute when he powered forward, turned inside Ronaldo and fired towards goal. But the shot, with his weaker left foot, flew over the crossbar.
Chelsea continued to press forward with a succession of attacks and corners, but failed to turn their possession into goalmouth opportunites.
With United's defense holding firm, a moment of inspiration was needed by either side -- and that was provided by Drogba who nearly scored one of the great Champions League final goals with 13 minutes remaining.
The Ivory Coast striker collected the ball 20 meters out and curled a delightful shot past van der Sar, only to see the left-hand post keep the effort out.
United were beginning to look weary, with Ferdinand seeming to be troubled by cramp. With Rooney and Ronaldo having less impact than the first 45 minutes, Tevez was proving their main threat and his 81st minute strike flew just over the crossbar.
As extra time loomed, Joe Cole began to have more influence on the Chelsea right, and his cross with four minutes left found an onrushing Drogba, who fired wide.
Chelsea continued to call the shots in extra time and they nearly took the lead with a superb move three minutes into the added period.
Ashley Cole and Ballack combined, for the German international to play a delightful ball to Lampard, whose superb shot on the turn struck the underside of the bar before bouncing to safety.
With the rain starting to get heavier fatigue began to set in, with players dropping like flies, suffering from cramp on a pitch which had held up surprisingly well despite the controversy beforehand.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson brought on Ryan Giggs for fellow-veteran Paul Scholes to hand the Welshman his 759th appearance for the club, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's long-standing club record.
And the 34-year-old nearly capped that extraordinary achievement with the winning goal in the 10th minute of extra time.
Left-back Patrice Evra somehow found some reserves of energy to burst into the box. His cut-back was perfect for Giggs, but Terry somehow reacted to head the ball clear and avert a certain goal.
As the game headed towards penalties tempers began to flare and with four minutes to go a bust-up near the touchline resulted in Drogba being sent off for slapping United defender Nemanja Vidic in the face.
But Chelsea's 10-men held on to take the match to penalties, where United proved victorious to win the cup for a third time in the year of the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash.
Champions League line-ups:
Manchester United: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Hargreaves, Scholes, Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez. Substitutes: Kuszczak, Giggs, Anderson, Nani, O'Shea, Fletcher, Silvestre.
Chelsea: Cech, Essien, Terry, Carvalho, A Cole, Makelele, Ballack, Lampard, Malouda, J Cole, Drogba. Substitutes: Cudicini, Shevchenko, Mikel, Kalou, Alex, Belletti, Anelka.