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Date: Thu Mar 04 07:39:52 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Man Utd 2-0 Inter Milan 
2. Two-goal Yorke leads United towards semifinals  
3. United - Inter by Terry
4. Inter thoughts by Boon Wee


Daily RED Trivia  Thursday 4th March 1999:

4/3/1963: In a much-delayed FA Cup 3rd Round tie United beat Huddersfield Town
 5-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a Denis Law hat-trick and goals from Johnny Giles
 and Albert Quixall. The attendance was 47,703. Team was: Gregg, Brennan, 
 Cantwell, Stiles, Foulkes, Setters, Giles, Quixall, Herd, Law, Charlton.

1995: United annihilate Ipswich Town 9-0 at Old Trafford in a Premiership game
 watched by 43,804. Andy Cole scored 5 goals, Mark Hughes 2, and others came
 from Roy Keane and Paul Ince. Team was: Schmeichel, Keane (Sharpe), Irwin,
 Bruce (Butt), Kanchelskis, Pallister, Cole, Ince, McClair, Hughes, Giggs.


Barry Daily Comment:

The perfect result! The whole team took a gigantic leap last night
100% profesional team work everyone working for each other.
Congrats to ALL Worldwide REDS! Match reports galore today......

Previous News:
 Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

7  Chelsea      (H) 14.00 FAC6 *SKY SPORTS* LIVE* + DkTV1 Scand. 
10 Liverpool    (A) 19.45 PL (moved due to FAC)
13 Newcastle    (A) 15.00 PL
17 Inter Milan  (A) ECL "Quarter Final" 2nd leg 19.45
21 Everton      (H) 15.00 PL

UNITED Stats v All teams:

 Sheffield Wednesday   1-2   Wimbledon             24,116

*** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 03/03/99 ***

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    28  16   9   3  63  29   34   57
 2  Chelsea              27  14  11   2  41  22   19   53
 3  Arsenal              27  13  11   3  35  13   22   50
 4  Leeds United         27  12   9   6  41  26   15   45
 5  Aston Villa          27  12   8   7  38  31    7   44
 6  Wimbledon            27  10  10   7  32  37   -5   40
 7  West Ham United      27  11   7   9  31  38   -7   40
 8  Liverpool            27  11   6  10  50  34   16   39
 9  Derby County         27   9  11   7  26  25    1   38
10  Tottenham Hotspur    27   8  12   7  33  32    1   36
11  Sheffield Wednesday  27  10   5  12  35  27    8   35
12  Newcastle United     27   9   8  10  35  36   -1   35
13  Middlesbrough        27   7  12   8  34  39   -5   33
14  Leicester City       26   7   9  10  26  36  -10   30
15  Everton              27   6  10  11  20  29   -9   28
16  Charlton Athletic    27   6   9  12  31  37   -6   27
17  Coventry City        27   7   6  14  28  38  -10   27
18  Blackburn Rovers     27   6   8  13  27  38  -11   26
19  Southampton          27   6   5  16  26  53  -27   23
20  Nottingham Forest    27   3   8  16  22  54  -32   17


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds United             Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlesbrough            Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Nottingham Forest        Home     W  3-0     3    55,216
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741
10/01/99    West Ham United          Home     W  4-1     3    55,180
16/01/99    Leicester City           Away     W  6-2     2    22,091
31/01/99    Charlton Athletic        Away     W  1-0     1    20,043
03/02/99    Derby County             Home     W  1-0     1    55,174
06/02/99    Nottingham Forest        Away     W  8-1     1    30,025
17/02/99    Arsenal                  Home     D  1-1     1    55,171
20/02/99    Coventry City            Away     W  1-0     1    22,596
27/02/99    Southampton              Home     W  2-1     1    55,316

This weeks fixtures:

                  Arsenal  v  Derby County
                 Barnsley  v  Tottenham Hotspur

        Manchester United  v  Chelsea
         Newcastle United  v  Everton

Premier League

*** FIXTURES ON 02/03/99 ***
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  Southampton

*** FIXTURES ON 03/03/99 ***
 Sheffield Wednesday  v  Wimbledon

*** FIXTURES ON 06/03/99 ***
       Coventry City  v  Charlton Athletic
         Southampton  v  West Ham United
           Wimbledon  v  Leicester City

Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Manchester Utd  2 v 0  Inter Milan
 Real Madrid     1 v 1  Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus        2 v 1  Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich   2 v 0  Kaiserslautern

return Ties to be played on March 17

FAC Quarter Finals Draw ties to be
played the weekend of Saturday, March 6:

Newcastle United  v Everton  
Barnsley v Spurs  
Arsenal  v Derby  
Manchester United v Chelsea (Sunday 7/3 1400 hrs UK)


Beckham thanks Simone! [click pic for match reports]

Subject: Man Utd 2-0 Inter Milan Dwight Yorke and David Beckham combined twice to keep Manchester United's European Cup hopes very-much alive with a comfortable victory over Inter Milan at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Beckham twice found Inter sleeping to produce inch-perfect crosses to Yorke - who gladly headed home to leave United 2-0 up without reply after the first-leg. The game had begun somewhat disjointedly, with the United attack pressing one of the best defensive units in Europe. Beckham v Simeone Much of the talk before the game had concentrated on the Beckham versus Diego Simeone battle. And fans certainly weren't disappointed. Beckham's first tackle on the Argentinian - whose actions contributed to his red card during the World Cup - made his intentions evident. David Beckham outshone his Argentinian rival The England midfielder had clearly been targeted by the Italians as the key to the game - and after only seven minutes he showed just why. After shaving the cross-bar with his first free-kick of the game he then combined superbly with Yorke to give United a dream start to the clash. It was Beckham's cross that found an unmarked Yorke six yards out and he headed neatly into the net. Simeone retaliated almost immediately for Inter - hitting a blistering 30-yard shot which curled just to the right of Peter Schmeichel's post. But United clearly had the upper-hand - pushing Inter back into their half. Inch-perfect partnership The Beckham-Yorke combination was undoubtedly causing the Italians problems with their back-line looking particularly shaky. In contrast the United defence looked settled - closing down Youri Djorkaeff, Ivan Zamorano and Roberto Baggio with ease. The pace of game soon began to increase - with a poor Old Trafford surface quickly digging up after days of heavy rain. Ryan Giggs then made a superb break - unusually on the right flank - passing inside to Yorke who blasted the ball - only for it to rebound off Francesco Colonnese Zamorano and Roy Keane then received the first cards of the match - clearly in disagreement over a Paul Scholes challenge. It signalled a good period of pressure from United with Andy Cole denied by Gianluca Pagliuca after another excellent Beckham cross. Inter were surviving on scraps and it was no surprise when Beckham and Yorke combined again in an almost exact replay to push United further in front. Minutes into injury time, another deep run from Beckham saw him flight the ball perfectly to Yorke who steered it in for his seventh goal in as many European games. Pace increases United started where they left off after the break - and should have found a third after only 45 seconds. A Yorke cross found Giggs unmarked in the Italian area - but the Welshman headed wide of the post. It was all one-way traffic from United and Inter's first chance arrived with 55 minutes on the clock. A good break from Fabio Galante found Zamorano clear with only Schmeichal to beat - but the Dane stood his ground to deny Inter a much needed opener. Despite the brief respite, however, United were rampant. Yorke: An unstoppable force for United Yorke and Cole made a number of useful breaks - with the England striker denied only by a desperate lunge from Winter in front of an open goal. But if United thought they could have it all their own way - they were wrong. Baggio soon began to find more space, winning a corner for the Italians from which Simeone converted with a stunning diving header. But Inter were called back for pushing by referee Helmut Krug. It was a dangerous period for United - but it did not last long. Cole, Yorke, Beckham and Giggs all looked dangerous and continually asked questions of the Inter defence. The visitors failed to give up, however, and were unlucky not to find the all-important away goal in the final minutes. Nicola Ventol - brought on for Zamorano in the 66th minute - was denied by Schmeichel, before Henning Berg cleared off the line to hand United a clean sheet as they move into the second leg. Teams: Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Johnsen, Stam, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Yorke, Cole. Subs: Raimond Van Der Gouw, Butt, P. Neville, Blomqvist, Solskjaer, Berg, Brown. Inter Milan: Pagliuca, Galante, Bergomi, Colonnese, Zanetti, Cauet, Simeone, Winter, Djorkaeff, Zamorano, Baggio. Subs: Frey, Ventola, Ze'Elias, West, Pirlo, Milanese, Gilberto. Referee: Helmut Krug (Germany)
Beckham thanks Simone! [click pic for match reports]

Subject: Two-goal Yorke leads United towards semifinals MANCHESTER, England, March 3 - Manchester United took a step towards the semifinals of the European Cup when two headed goals from Dwight Yorke gave them a 2-0 win over Inter Milan in the first leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday. United, who have never eliminated an Italian club from European competition, had the better of a match played at a frenetic pace for 90 minutes and should have won by a far bigger margin. Inter still have a chance of saving the tie in the second leg in Milan in two weeks but will have to show a huge improvement after being caught out by Yorke after seven and 45 minutes. Both goals were created by accurate right-wing crosses from David Beckham. United had a lucky escape after 66 minutes when Diego Simeone headed the ball into the net from a corner but German referee Hellmut Krug had already blown for a foul by a team mate. United keeper Peter Schmeichel made one outstanding save to prevent Ivan Zamorano scoring with a diving header after 49 minutes and substitute Henning Berg blocked a shot from Francesco Collonese on the line in injury time of a match shown live in more than 100 countries across the world. ************************************ Manchester United 2 Inter Milan 0 - result MANCHESTER, England, March 3 - Manchester United (England) beat Inter Milan (Italy) 2-0 in their European Cup quarter-final first leg match at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Scorer: Dwight Yorke 6, 45 Halftime: 2-0; Attendance: 54,430 Teams: Manchester United: 1-Peter Schmeichel; 2-Gary Neville, 5-Ronny Johnsen (21-Henning Berg 46), 6-Jaap Stam, 3-Denis Irwin; 7-David Beckham, 16-Roy Keane, 18-Paul Scholes (Nicky Butt 69), 11-Ryan Giggs; 19-Dwight Yorke, 9-Andy Cole Inter Milan: 1-Gianluca Pagliuca; 5-Fabio Galante, 2-Giuseppe Bergomi, 3-Francesco Colonnese; 4-Javier Zanetti, 15-Benoit Cauet, 14-Diego Simeone, 8-Aron Winter; 6-Youri Djorkaeff, 18-Ivan Zamorano (Nicola Ventola 68), 10-Roberto Baggio (21-Andrea Pirlo 79). Referee: Hellmut Krug (Germany)
Beckham thanks Simone! [click pic for match reports]

Subject: United - Inter by Terry What a great result. I think we can be quietly confident about the return leg in Milan, given our gift to score goals and the fact that we didn't concede one tonight ... but it was close during those last 10 minutes. I think I was sweating more than the players. BECKS did his worldwide reputation no harm at all tonight with some brilliant crossing and passing, the usual 200% dedication, and an excellent temperament throughout the 90 minutes. How fitting it was that it was SIMEONE's 'goal' that was disallowed! The ref was right: on the replays Berg was clearly being dragged away from Simeone by the senescent Bergomi. I have to add, though, that up to that point I was a bit suspicious of the German referee. He booked Cole, Dennnis and Scholes for nothing, and allowed Inter to hack us down with impunity. But spotting Bergomi's foul on Berg more than made up for it. Why should the ref want to penalize us for innocuous fouls? Well, it'll help out Bayern in the semis if we lose some players. Same ol' Krauts, always cheating. Apart from Becks, who else impressed? Oh yes, the GREAT DANE! How many times did he save us tonight? I can recall at least three one-on-one saves, including the one-handed save against Zamorano's header and his outstretched foot in the last few minutes. Can we ever replace him? Well, we seem to have found a replacement for Eric. YORKIE just gets better and better, and not just scoring goals. He looks a class act every time he's on the ball. And JAAP too was his usual solid self. When I spotted Berg on at the start of the second half, I was praying he wasn't on for an injured Jaapy. Berg did a good job, too, and his clearance off the line in the last minute could turn out to be one of the most significant events of this quarter final. I would have been a bit nervous going to Milan with a flimsy 2-1 lead, but 2-0 is pretty comfortable, especially when you consider our ability to score away from home in the CL this season. Those four were my men of the match (impossible to choose only one), but KEANO and ANDY come close as well. GIGGSY had flashes of genius, but his shooting and heading let him down on occasion. DENNNIS was as reliable as ever, and BERG and RONALDO JOHNSEN each played a good half. GAZZA Neville supported Becks well and didn't put a foot wrong the whole game. Finally, SCHOLESIE deserves a special mention for his first half performance. It's a pity Fergie took him off for BUTT as NIcky didn't really get much of a grip in midfield and, in fact, we looked slightly more vulnerable after he came on. So a good solid performance. We clearly tired in the last 10 minutes, and no bloody wonder after the effort that was put in. If they had the strength to play like that every week we'd have the PL championship tied up by Christmas every year. Anyway, they can now have a nice, long well-deserved rest till ... oh shit ... till Sunday when it's the quarters of the FA Cup. There's no rest for the wicked, and none for heroes either. Proud to be Red. _____________ Terry Saudi
Beckham thanks Simone! [click pic for match reports]

Subject: Inter thoughts by Boon Wee Allo all, Match reports and pictures .. http://members.xoom.com/heathens/mufc.html but now, my thoughts.. What a good start to a tough month ahead, a classic game it was not. It was a game which showed that United had thoroughly learned from their previous Euro lessons. It was a game which showed how disciplined and matured they were. Ronaldo or no Ronaldo, that was the question. It was the latter, though I would suspect if he could perform magic for Inter when Baggio and Zamorano could not. All my fears did not come through (nearly though but later), the much hype about clash between Simeone and Beckham did not materialized. They both shook hands before the game, much to the amusement of Scholes who was next to Beckham then. Neither did United concede an early goal, Inter did. The game began in a frenzy with Scholes tackling Cauet seconds after kickoff. Soon after, Beckham's free kick flew over the bar after Scholes was mishandled outside the box. Then came the moment everybody (except those from Italy) were waiting for. Bergomi could not clear a cross and the ball reached Beckham. His delicate cross was met by Yorke who made no mistake and beat Pagliuca with a glancing header. Old Trafford exploded, I clenched my fist and screamed silently (it's 3:51am here and everyone is asleep). But I've seen too many cases where an early goal might not be a good omen. The screaming stopped almost immediately when Simeone tried a shot to which Schmeichel stopped. All the actions and it was only 7 minutes old. Krug the German referee was not in everyone's invited list when some of his decisions (all against United of course) were dubious. Inter players fell at the slightest touch and Krug often gave Inter then benefit of the doubt. However, he did redeem himself in the second half when a Simeone diving header was overruled. It was a perfect header but Berg was fouled America Football style by someone prior to that. For once, I cheered at the ref, silently of course. Schmeichel had a good game even though he was rather edgy in the beginning. Smikes could not handle some of the back passes (to be fair, some passes were made under pressure) and on several occasions, Simeone or Zamorano could have stolen the ball from the big Dane. The United players keep sending the ball back to him though, supposed that helped as Smikes' handling got better as the game moved on. Both Keane and Irwin got booked in the first half, Keane for unknown reasons (to me i.e) and Irwin for tackling from behind. Cole had a couple of occasions to join his partner on the score sheet but it was to be proved that it was not his night. His shots were either wide or cleared off the line. He just could not score, his contribution to the game, however, cannot be discounted. He was hardworking and he distributes the ball well. Inter had a couple of long range shots but none of them went past Smikes, ref gave 1 minutes of injury time and it was then when United secured the match. Again, it was the Beckham and Yorke combination which brought United's second goal. Beckham sent in a fierce cross (the kind which will make any keeper decide if he should go for it cross) and Yorke rose like a spring and headed in his second goal. Yorkie Yorkie what a player. I was most settled after that. The second half began with United running Inter all over. Giggs headed wide 30 seconds after the restart. Then United were given a scare when Djorkaeff's deep cross was met by a flying Zamorano. His header seems to be going in but the Dane stretched his fingers and blocked the ball, what a reflex save! It was a clear warning though. The match was far from ending. After that, Giggs, Gary Nev, Cole, Beckham and Butt all tried to increase United's tally but all shots went wide. Next came that Simeone disallowed goal. United were hanging on. Zamorano and Baggio were taken off soon after. Baggio did not contribute much to the game, his free kicks were ineffective and his passes were seldom accurate. In came Ventola and Pirlo. Significantly, it was during this period when Inter began to take some initiative from United. Djorkaeff began to dominate the midfield and Ventola troubled the defence more than Zamorano did when he was on. At one stage, Ventola broke free of United's defence and seemed to be on his way to score, Smikes saved a certain goal. It was so late into the game and it would be disastrous if Inter pulled one back. There's time for one more scare, Ventola (again) managed to beat the defence but not Smikes, the Dane's save rebounded to Colonese. He had an empty net to aim at, he did but Berg (who replaced Johnsen after half time) saved the world on the line. It was a very important clearance. 2-1 at San Siro might not be something to cheer about. And after 3 minutes of added on time, Krug blew his whistle for the final time and my heartbeat began to slow down. Final score, 2-0. Man of the match is torn between Yorke and Stam (how many times did this happen this season?). Apart from scoring both goals, Yorke could do no wrong with his first touches and his distribution. He was quite a handful. Stam was very commanding at the back. He handled Zamorano like a kid and was faultless throughout the match. Heart says Yorke but mind says Stam. Without Stam (and Berg and Schmeichel), United would not have a 2-0 cushion to bring to Italy. There's still one more leg to go, it would be easy to celebrate now but we all know there's hard work ahead. At least for now, I can sleep soundly. Chelsea is next and it should be another smashing game. Anyone dare to dream of a United and Arsenal semi-final? Not me. I would prefer United Vs Huddersfield. Cheers. Boon Wee
Beckham thanks Simone! [click pic for match reports]

Subject: STRIKER STEALS THE SHOW ON A NIGHT OF HEROES AT OLD TRAFFORD DWIGHT YORKE turned in a European masterclass as Manchester United took a giant stride towards the semi-finals of the Champions League. The former Aston Villa striker was in sensational form as he confirmed his status as one of the best forwards in world football today. There were plenty of eyebrows raised when Alex Ferguson sanctioned the £12.6m deal which took the Trinidad & Tobago international north to Old Trafford just one game into the season in August, particularly after the United chief had been linked with big-money moves for players like Batistuta, Kluivert and Salas. But on last night's evidence, he got the best possible deal. Not only does Yorke now rightly deserve to be talked about in the same class as that formidable trio, but if he continues in the form he showed last night he will also pay off his entire transfer fee in just nine months. It is impossible to gauge the value of a commercial transaction until some time after it has been completed, but there is little doubt that the Yorke transfer deal could become self-financing. The 27-year-old tormented Inter's defenders all night long and his two goals were merely the crowning glory of a devastating display in the art of striking. If he can reproduce that on the nights when it counts over the next three months, United have every chance of being crowned as kings of Europe. And if that happens, Yorke will have repaid the whole £12.6m - and probably more - at a stroke because United, already widely regarded as the biggest club in the world, will move even further ahead of their rivals in the global money-making game, with the possibilities for lucrative spin-offs seemingly endless. However, although Yorke's display was the most eye-catching and will attract the headlines, the contributions of his teammates should not be overlooked on a night of collective glory for United. Peter Schmeichel proved, with two sensational second-half saves in particular, that he is far from finished at the highest level, while David Beckham and Ryan Giggs were a constant danger on either flank. Captain Roy Keane led, as you would expect, by example from the middle of the park and there was also a starring role for Jaap Stam. The big Dutchman was being written off not long after his £10.75m move from PSV Eindhoven - a world record fee for a defender - but he has proved his critics wrong with a string of great displays, none better than last night when he stood firm in the face of, at times, great pressure. Ferguson was delighted with his side and is confident they will complete the job in Italy. "We'll score over there," he predicted. "It was a good performances from us, although they had one or two chances which worried me and we'll look at how that happened. But it was a good result for us and a good performance." But on a night of heroes, it was, undoubtedly, Yorke's star which shone brightest.
Beckham thanks Simone! [click pic for match reports]

Subject: ALL DWIGHT ON THE NIGHT Two Goals For Yorke Take United To Brink Of The Semi-Finals MANCHESTER UNITED 2 INTER MILAN 0 Dwight Yorke turned on the style at Old Trafford to inspire Manchester United to a superb 2-0 win. The former Aston Villa striker was in breathtaking form as his double gave Alex Ferguson's side a more than useful lead to take to Italy for the second leg of this Champions Cup quarter-final in a fortnight's time. The Trinidad & Tobago ace converted two first-half David Beckham crosses with precise headers to take his season's tally to 24, and take Ferguson one step nearer his holy grail of the European Cup. They now have the platform to go on and reach the semi-finals for the second time in three years if they can repeat last night's performance in the San Siro. United made a dream start when they took the lead after just six minutes. Beckham had already sent a 25-yard free-kick skidding a couple of feet over the bar when he delivered a superb ball into the heart of the Italians' defence. Incredibly, Yorke found himself all on his own just eight yards from goal and he had the simple task of guiding his header wide off the helpless Gianluca Pagliuca. It was just what manager Alex Ferguson would have wanted having seen his side concede early goals in big European matches at Old Trafford against the likes of Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco in recent years. This time, though, they were fastest out of the traps, although they were given a warning that they wouldn't enjoy things all their own way just a minute after Yorke's opener when Diego Simeone - whose every touch was met with a chorus of boos in the opening 20 minutes - sent a 25-yard drive narrowly wide. Beckham and Yorke almost repeated the trick in the 11th minute when the same pair combined in almost identical fashion, but on this occasion Yorke's header was wide of the mark. Inter, for all their confident possession, were being restricted to long-range efforts and twice in the first half Peter Schmeichel dealt easily with shots from Javier Zanetti. Beckham was involved in everything good for United, although the crowd must have held their breath when the midfielder went in for a full-blooded 50-50 challenge with his old enemy, Simeone, close to the right touchline. The United star won the ball cleanly, to a cheer almost as loud as the one which greeted Yorke's early goal. There were bookings for Roy Keane and Ivan Zamorano, who got involved in a midfield tangle in the 26th minute, and also for Denis Irwin, who was harshly judged to have fouled Youri Djorkaeff when he appeared to win the ball cleanly. But although United were becoming slightly frustrated with some of the Italians' tactics, their mood was hugely lifted on the stroke of half-time. Yet again, Beckham was at the centre of the action as he collected Gary Neville's short pass and whipped in a delicious cross towards the near post where Yorke left his markers in his wake to head home his second goal of the game and give the home side a crucial two-goal cushion at the interval. Incredibly, United had a gilt-edged opportunity to make it 3-0 - and possibly kill off the entire tie - just a minute after the re-start. A delightful twist and turn by Yorke took him past two Inter challenges and his deep cross picked out Giggs all on his own at the far post. Unfortunately, the Welshman got his header all wrong and steered it well wide of the post. And Ferguson's side were given a reminder that they could ill-afford such profligacy just a couple of minutes later when Fabio Galante's cross found Zamorano unmarked at the far post in an even better position than Giggs had been, but his header was met by a sensational, instinctive one-handed save by Schmeichel. By now the game had opened up into more of the free flowing contest the fans had been hoping for and Beckham produced another telling ball into the centre, this time from a corner, which Jaap Stam headed wide. But in the 55th minute United, and Andy Cole in particular, must have thought the tie was won. More breathtaking skill from Yorke took him away from a clutch of defenders and when he drove the ball across goal, all Cole had to do was stab it home from four yards. He connected well enough but his shot cannoned back off Aron Winter's legs and away to safety as he prepared to celebrate. United had a let-off in the 63rd minute when Simeone felt he had pulled a goal back. Baggio's corner was met powerfully by the strong Argentine but referee Helmut Krug had already blown for a foul elsewhere in the penalty area. Inter made a switch in the 67th minute when Nicola Ventola replaced Zamorano, and just a minute later Paul Scholes made way for Nicky Butt. United continued to press and Giggs forced Pagliuca into a fine save with a swerving 20-yard drive in the 77th minute, and Beckham and Cole almost carved out another goal four minutes from time. The midfielder picked out his striking colleague with an inch-perfect pass and, when he got to the by-line, his cross was half stopped by Pagliuca and then hacked clear by Galante from almost on his own goal-line. But within seconds, United's great work was almost undone when substitute Ventola broke clear only to be denied by Schmeichel with his feet. And a minute into stoppage time, the big Dane made another great save from the same player before Henning Berg - on at half-time for the injured Ronny Johnsen - completed the heroics with a brilliant goal-line clearance from Francesco Colonnese from the rebound. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP Predrag Mijatovic rescued a 1-1 draw for holders Real Madrid, but John Toshack's side face a daunting second leg trip to play Dynamo Kiev, who topped Arsenal's qualifying group earlier in the season, as they aim for a place in the last four. The Yugoslav striker, who scored the only goal as the Spanish giants beat Juventus in the final last May, hit the equaliser from a free-kick only 11 minutes after brilliant Ukrainian Andrei Shevchenko had put the visitors ahead. Shevchenko had already scored three goals in the Champions League but this strike was the most important. The striker showed superb control before clipping the opener past Bodo Illgner after 55 minutes. Bayern Munich weathered a strong opening by Bundesliga colleagues Kaiserslautern but came away easy 2-0 winners in the all-German quarter-final. Kaiserslautern, the reigning Bundesliga champions, hit the bar from a Martin Wagner free-kick in the 18th minute but, against the run of play, Bayern shocked their opponents with two sudden goals. Lothar Matthaus sent in a left-footed cross to Brazil's Giovane Elber in the 31st minute and Stefan Effenberg finished off a long, defence splitting pass from midfielder Thomas Strunz in the 35th minute. The result was put beyond doubt in the 70th minute when Kaiserslautern defender Hani Ramzy was sent off for his second bookable offence. Last year's beaten finalists, Juventus, looked to be heading for a comfortable 2-0 win of their own against Olympiakos of Greece, after goals from Filippo Inzaghi and Antonio Conte had put the Italians in control. But the home crowd was stunned in the last minute when Andreas Niniadis pulled a goal back for the Greeks to give them real hope of causing an upset in a fortnight's time.
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