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Man Utd's Ronaldo: I thought we'd lost

Cristiano Ronaldo admits he thought he'd lost Manchester United the Champions League after his penalty miss last night.

The winger told Sky Sports: "I feel very proud for the lads. They believe all the time. The lads deserve the Champions League. I looked forward to winning this competition -and we won the Premier League. It's a magnificent season for me."

Ronaldo shrugged off missing his penalty in the shoot-out, adding: "This is football. I don't know what to say.

"I think we're going to lose. I score the goal and miss the penalty. The worst day of my life.

"But the lads did the proper job and I feel very proud for them. It means everything for me."

United hero Edwin van der Sar savoured some personal redemption after losing on penalties to Juventus when he was with Ajax in 1996.

The Dutch goalkeeper saved Nicolas Anelka's spot-kick after John Terry earlier missed a chance to win it at 4-4.

Van der Sar told ITV 1: "Twelve years ago I lost on penalties and we've won it now. It's unbelievable. We deserve it. It's fantastic."

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