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Gunners Win FA Cup in Shootout


Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has given his team its 10th English Football (soccer) Association Cup in a thrilling 5-4 shootout victory over arch rival Manchester United in Cardiff, Wales.

Vieira converted the decisive kick shortly after Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann blocked Manchester's second penalty shot by Paul Scholes.

Saturday's win makes Arsenal the first club in history to win the Cup in a penalty shoot- out.

The two teams played to a scoreless draw in regulation and were unable to score in 30 minutes of extra time. Bisan Lauren, Fredrik Ljungberg, Robin Van Persie and Ashley Cole scored for Arsenal before Vieira's winning kick. Ruud van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Roy Keane converted their spot kicks for United.

Manchester United missed several opportunities to take the lead in regulation, with Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy both bouncing shots off the post and Rio Ferdinand having a goal disallowed.

A crowd of 75,000 watched the match at Millennium Stadium. Many of the Manchester fans wore black to protest U.S. businessman Malcolm Glazer's takeover of the team. Glazer bought a controlling interest in Man-U in a deal worth nearly $1.5 billion.

Fans complain that Glazer, the owner of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, knows nothing about English football and will use the Manchester's profits to pay debts incurred when he bought the club.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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