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UEFA Champions League Final

***** WEDNESDAY MAY 26 1999 *****


Venue: Camp Nou (Estadi FC Barcelona)
Barcelona, Spain 26th May 1999


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Date: Thu Apr 22 08:48:58 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. Sir Matt's 90th
3. Match Report at Simplenet Fast load ... 12 of the best! :)
4. Getting better all the time by "Masterfan" Paul Hinson
5. First half was best of my life, says United's Ferguson nullSportswebnull
6. One of the Most Dramatic Comebacks in European Cup history.
7. Juventus 2 - 3 Manchester United   United vault the final hurdle nullGuardiannull
8. manutd.com report (official site) Report
9. Armchair Personal report from DA in USA
10. Devils cloud Agnelli's heavenly vision clouded
11. BBC Match Report: United's glorious comeback
12. Minute-by-minute report 
13. Juventus 2-3 Manchester United: Reds book the dream ticket


Daily RED Trivia  Thurs 22nd April 1999:

 Alex Dawson made a scoring debut against Burnley. A member of United's
 FA Youth Cup winning side in 1956, Dawson played in the 1958 FA Cup final,
 having scored a hat-trick in the Semi-Final against Fulham, at 18 the youngest
 Post-war player to do so.. A robust striker, he made 93 appearances and scored 
 54 goals between 1957-61. He played for Preston North End in the 1964 FA Cup Final.

22/4/1978: United beat West Ham United 3-0 at Old Trafford in a Division 1 game
 watched by 54,089. Scorers were Ashley Grimes, Sammy McIlroy and Stuart
 Pearson. Team was: Stepney, Albiston, Houston, McIlroy, McQueen, Buchan,
 Coppell, Jordan, Pearson, Grimes, B.Greenhoff.     


Barry Daily Comment: UEFA Champions League Final  MANCHESTER UNITED v BAYERN MUNICH
An historical DAY in our RED lives!!!!
Yesterday I said "tonight is the tough one" the lads did us proud
I was right and WE MADE IT! The whole TEAM did us proud
Hope to see as many of you as possible in Sunny Spain the 26th May!
Last night was marvellous and 100% my motto: "RED sky at night UNITED delight"

Anyone interesTED Boston RED PJ Thum has sent me the video [mpg] of sean and the guys
its here:
I made this video with a digital video camera after the game ended. It's of
the Boston Reds in the Plough and Stars. From left to right, that's me, Jon,
Sean (our fearless leader) and Andy. Can you tell we're very happy?? :)
      1400k mpeg

Calling Canadian Reds
Liverpool-Man U on Sportsnet on Wed may 5th at 7.30 pm for the East Region
(Quebec + Maritimes). For the other regions check local listings. Enjoy.

Suspensions take effect 14 days after the offence. The 'Official'
website confirmed the Villa game as the one he will miss.
This week sees a match so BIG on wednesday that the importance
cannot be measured! Good luck to REDS all over the world.

NEW interviews here: http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99
990420alex_italy.ra   246k   3m 47s  Alex Ferguson Press Conference in Turin
990420johnsen_may.ra  218k   3m 21s   Ronny Johnsen & David May on our chances!

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Saturday, April 17, 1999 17:19
United's Academy Under-19 side successfully navigated their first play-off
match, against Millwall at The Cliff on Saturday morning. Luke Chadwick
was the star of the game, making one and scoring two of the Reds' goals in
a convincing 4-1 win. United now face Chelsea in the next round of the
competition. Read Cliff Butler's match report here.

To read the full story visit the Manchester United Official Web site at
http://www.manutd.com or go directly to the story at

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UEFA Champions League final tickets information

The following has appeared on the UEFA website regarding tickets for the 
final.  Subject to the minor matter of beating Juventus next week, this is of 
particular interest to supporters outside England, since applications will 
not be accepted from the countries of competing clubs.   

UEFA Champions League final tickets information 
UEFA Champions League Final 
Venue Camp Nou (Estadi FC Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain 
Date Wednesday 26 May 1999 
Kick-Off 20.45 CET (19.45 GMT) 

Apart from ticket orders from supporters residing in the countries of the two 
finalist clubs - Manchester United FC (England) or Juventus FC (Italy) and 
Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) or FC Bayern München (Germany) - which, for security 
reasons, must be submitted to the clubs concerned, ticket orders for the 
general public irrespective of their country of residence can be ordered 
through the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (Spanish Football Federation).

Ticket Order Methods: Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)  
Post Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)
Alberto Bosch, 13
E-29014 MADRID
Telephone ++34-91-369 5045
++34-91-369 4771
++34-91-369 4129 
Fax ++34-91-429 8428 
E-Mail rfef@tsai.es 
Closing Date Thursday 29 April 1999 

No supporter may purchase more than four tickets, subject to availability. 
Tickets are for personal use only, and must not be resold or used for 
commercial purposes. The Real Federación Española de Fútbol (Spanish Football 
Federation) may reject or reduce any ticket order considered to be 

Prices Pesetas 
Category 1 14,000 Ptas 
Category 2 10,000 Ptas 
Category 3 7,000 Ptas 
Category 4 4,500 Ptas 

Written confirmation - by fax or mail - will be forwarded on receipt of an 
order for tickets for this match, and the amount for the total price of the 
tickets will be transferred to the Banco Popular Español.
Account Number: 0075-0591-17-0600300602
Banco Popular Español, Agencia 51, Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 25, E-28014 MADRID


Previous News:
BSKYB Takeover news/pics at http://www.red11.org/mufc/bskyb.htm
 Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:
If you would like ALL the final fixtures for
UNITED/Arse/Chelsea then go to http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm

Next Games:
25 Leeds (A)  11.30 {am} UK PL Live Sky Sports UK 
1 Aston Villa (H)  15.00 PL
5  Liverpool (A) 20.00 PL           Live on Sky Sports UK
9  Middlesbrough (A)  16.00 PL      Live on Sky Sports UK
12 Blackburn (A)  20.00 PL          Live on Sky Sports UK
16 Tottenham (H)  16.00 PL          Live on Sky Sports UK
22 FAC Final Wembley Newcastle  (N) Live on Sky Sports UK
26 European Cup Final Bayern Munich  Nou Camp 

UNITED Stats v All teams:


           Liverpool   0-1   Leicester City        36,019
 Sheffield Wednesday   1-1   Newcastle United      21,545


Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    32  19  10   3  72  32   40   67
 2  Arsenal              33  18  12   3  48  14   34   66
 3  Chelsea              33  17  13   3  49  26   23   64
 4  Leeds United         33  16  11   6  53  29   24   59
 5  Aston Villa          34  14  10  10  45  39    6   52
 6  West Ham United      34  14   9  11  39  41   -2   51
 7  Middlesbrough        34  12  14   8  46  42    4   50
 8  Derby County         33  12  11  10  37  41   -4   47
 9  Tottenham Hotspur    33  11  13   9  40  38    2   46
10  Liverpool            33  12   8  13  57  43   14   44
11  Newcastle United     34  11  10  13  45  49   -4   43
12  Leicester City       33  10  13  10  35  41   -6   43
13  Wimbledon            34  10  11  13  38  55  -17   41
14  Sheffield Wednesday  34  11   6  17  39  40   -1   39
15  Everton              34   9  10  15  31  41  -10   37
16  Coventry City        34  10   7  17  35  47  -12   37
17  Blackburn Rovers     33   7  11  15  35  46  -11   32
18  Charlton Athletic    34   7  11  16  36  48  -12   32
19  Southampton          34   8   7  19  31  63  -32   31
20  Nottingham Forest    34   4   9  21  30  66  -36   21

*** FIXTURES ON 24/04/99 ***
         Aston Villa  v  Nottingham Forest
    Blackburn Rovers  v  Liverpool
        Derby County  v  Southampton
             Everton  v  Charlton Athletic
      Leicester City  v  Coventry City
       Middlesbrough  v  Arsenal
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  West Ham United
           Wimbledon  v  Newcastle United

*** FIXTURES ON 25/04/99 ***
        Leeds United  v  Manchester United
 Sheffield Wednesday  v  Chelsea


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
13/03/99    Newcastle United         Away     W  2-1     1    36,500
21/03/99    Everton                  Home     W  3-1     1    55,182
03/04/99    Wimbledon                Away     D  1-1     1    26,121
17/04/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home     W  3-0     1    55,270


       P   Won       Drawn     Lost      For        Against    Points
Home   17  12 (71%)  4 (24%)   1 (6%)    41 (2.4)   16 (0.9)   40 (2.4)
Away   15  7 (47%)   6 (40%)   2 (13%)   31 (2.1)   16 (1.1)   27 (1.8)

Total  32  19 (59%)  10 (31%)  3 (9%)    72 (2.3)   32 (1.0)   67 (2.1)

                                         Averages per game in (brackets)

HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 27/02/99 - Southampton (55,316)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  15/08/98 - Leicester City (55,052)
BEST WIN:                06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT:         20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)
BEST HOME WIN:           17/10/98 - Wimbledon (5-1)
HEAVIEST HOME DEFEAT:    19/12/98 - Middlesbrough (2-3)
BEST AWAY WIN:           06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT:    20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)

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

**DYNAMO KIEV      2 v 0  REAL MADRID         (Agg:3-1)
OLYMPIAKOS         1 v 1  **JUVENTUS          (Agg:2-3)

Semi Finals 
Manchester United v Juventus  4-3agg 1-0 [1-1]
Bayern Munchen v Dynamo Kiev  4-3agg 1-0 [3-3]

Venue Camp Nou (Estadi FC Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain 
Date Wednesday 26 May 1999 Kick-Off 20.45 CET (19.45 GMT) 


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Subject: FERGUSON BEAMING OVER PERFECT MOMENT Thursday 22 April 1999 Alex Ferguson watched Manchester United blow away Juventus to clinch a place in the Champions' Cup final - and then hailed the victory as the best moment in his career. Ferguson, who also described the bookings to captain Roy Keane and Paul Scholes which rule them out of the final as "tragic" for the players involved, was a proud man as his team came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in Turin. "It is a very proud moment for me. This is the level we want to play at," said Ferguson. "My players were absolutely fantastic, absolutely magnificent. "I thought the first 45 minutes was the best in my career as a manager. It was absolutely terrific. "We gave them a start. But I am proud of the way they recovered and kept their composure, and I think they deserve to be there." Keane and Scholes will be suspended for the final in Barcelona - the one cloud for Ferguson. The United manager added: "It's a tragedy. I don't know whether we can appeal. But it's absolutely tragic for them to miss the final, and I feel for them."
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Subject: Sir Matt's 90th Reds, The date of Sir Matt's 90th birthday is May 26 1999. He will be with us in Spain in spirit. I never saw the great Busby sides but I can't imagine the drama and tensions were any greater than we have all experienced in these past two weeks. We have played four games against top class opposition and won 2, drawn 2. We have had a man sent off, a penalty saved, come from behind, and injuries aplenty. We have also scored 3 goals away in Europe for the third time this season out of a possible five games. The drama has been unbeleievable and it will probably get worse for us fainthearted. I am grateful for the wonder of technology that makes this all possible - to be able to see it live and then relive it in over a dozen reports within hours is such a blessing. I'll be in Barcelona to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of one of the men who made this club great and I'm working on Wembley. Hopefully it'll be Alex's night. See you there. Manchester United - The Legend - http://manunited.net
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Subject: Match Report at Simplenet Fast load ... 12 of the best! :) From: Barry Leeming http://www.red11.org/miva/matchreports.mv ENJOY! Sound is here Fergie: http://www.iol.ie/~redcafe/sounds/matches/juve-a1.ram Keane, Cole and Schmikes: http://www.iol.ie/~redcafe/sounds/matches/juve-a2.ram Yorke http://www.iol.ie/~redcafe/sounds/matches/juve-a3.ram MUFC is 100% "RED sky at night UNITED delight TONIGHT!!!" This feeling will go on for a long while. Enjoy chatting to all your work-mates friends and family in the morning. The tide has turned 31 years on as we enter a new ERA and EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL yes, don't pinch yourself its true AND we beat them in their own backyard!! So you say "we need Roy and Paul in the CL Final" ok I agree BUT these two will now be able to go 200% ALL OUT in the FA cup final just 4 days before!! "Always look on the bright side of life" Ryan Giggs now has a month to recover for the greatest match of his career to date here is the run in 8 games: 25/4 Leeds (A) 11.30 {am} UK PL May 1 Aston Villa (H) 15.00 PL 5 Liverpool (A) 20.00 PL Live on Sky Sports UK 9 Middlesbr (A) 16.00 PL Live on Sky Sports UK 12 Blackburn (A) 20.00 PL Live on Sky Sports UK 16 Tottenham (H) 16.00 PL 22 FAC Final Wembley Newcastle United (N) Live on Sky Sports UK 26 European Cup final MANCHESTER UNITED FC v Bayern Munich Nou Camp CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL REDS! "See you in sunny Spain" over and out from Barry drowning in Tuborg tonight!
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Subject: Getting better all the time by "Masterfan" Paul Hinson SEE Paul here! Real Video http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99/Paul_Hinson_Masterfan_1999.rm Why have United suddenly become genuine Treble-chasers as opposed to last season, when Barnsley and Monaco dumped us out of the cups and the title challenge eroded quicker than Paul Ince's reputation? Well, the squad strengthening was a major factor. The purchase of Blomqvist (who has played with an injury most of the season and perhaps will not fully show his worth until next season), Stam, the colossus at the back who is worth twice the 'outrageous' fee we gave to PSV Eindhoven, and of course Yorke, who must feel like he is in a dreamworld. Tactically, Fergie has learnt too. The stalemate at Monaco that was to lead to our demise taught him how vital the art of scoring away from home in europe can be. You cannot rely on 90 minutes on your own patch to swing a tie your way. Away goals are double the pain for the opposition. The Liverpool of old would have managed a 0-0 away, after a clinical win at home. Not Uniteds style at all. Glory allied with entertainment is the real way, not boredom and efficiency. But I think the main difference is self-belief. To come back from the dead against Liverpool, beat Arsenal with 10 men, and now, to respond to a 2-goal defecit in Turin and win, after 43 years of heartache in visits to Italy apart from last months draw in Milan. We can now KEEP the ball, instead of suicidal attacking and long ball giveaways that have been a feature of previous forays against Juve away from home. When we fell to Dortmund and Monaco, I don't think our players BELIEVED they could be the best in Europe. Scoring 1 in Milan, 2 in Munich, 3 in Barcelona and Turin, 6 at Brondby, seeing off Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Zidane, Davids, that is evidence that the United of 99 can do it. Juve will rue that first half at Old Trafford, when they could have buried us before the interval. They made a winning position into a draw, and they paid the price last night. The loss of Keane and Scholes from the Final will be a blow, but hopefully Giggs will be back in the side, and possibly Ronny will slot in if Berg is fit again. I noticed that Bayerns keeper Oliver Kahn captained their side last night. It could be both keepers leading out their sides at the Nou Camp. What a way for the Dane to finish his career at United. I bet Eric will be wishing it was him. Apparently the Barcodes celebrated our win last night, thinking that it helps their chances of winning at Wembley four days before the Champions League Final. That may not work out, Keane and Scholes, barring injury and suspension, will be busting a gut in that game now, and others, too, the likes of Sheringham and Solskjaer could be bursting to play, in the hope that they end up playing in the biggest game of their lives against the Germans. When Bayern came to Old Trafford, they showed the kind of composure we offered last night. However, at the Olympic Stadium, Cole and Yorke punched big holes through their defence, and the only reason they managed a draw that night was through defensive calamity of our own making. We respect them, but don't fear them. In the meantime, we have a small matter of Leeds United and a few other fixtures to attend to. History is there waiting to be written.... Paul Hinson (email p.l.hinson@ais.salford.ac.uk) http://www.red11.org The best MANCHESTER UNITED STATS on the Web http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm STATISTICS http://www.red11.org/mufc/pontin.htm RESERVES AND JUNIORS
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Subject: First half was best of my life, says United's Ferguson [Sportsweb] TURIN, Italy, April 21 - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson described his team's first half performance in their European Cup semifinal victory over Juventus on Wednesday as the best soccer he has seen as a manager. United came back from 2-0 down after only 11 minutes with goals from Roy Keane and Dwight Yorke in the 24th and 34th minutes respectively, and won the match 3-2 and 4-3 on aggregate after a late Andy Cole goal. "This is a proud moment for me. The players were magnificent," Ferguson said. "I think the first 45 minutes were the best of my time as a manager. "We recovered well. We deserved to be there...This is the level we want to play at." Ferguson said it was tough for United skipper Keane and midfielder Paul Scholes that they would miss the final against Bayern Munich after picking up their second yellow cards of the competition. Yorke added: "It is a bit of a blow for us. They are two key players." But Keane took the booking with grace. "It doesn't really matter because the club has got there," he said. "It was a bit of a late challenge but United have got there."
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Subject: One of the Most Dramatic Comebacks in European Cup history. COLE WINNER SEALS GLORY NIGHT FOR UNITED Juventus 2 Manchester United 3 (Agg: 3-4) By Ian Cruise MANCHESTER UNITED turned back the clock 30 years as they completed a stunning, heart-stopping comeback in Turin last night. Back in 1968, Bobby Charlton and co came back from 3-1 down in the semi-final to draw 3-3 with Real Madrid in the Bernabeu and clinch a 4-3 aggregate victory and a place in the final. Last night's heroics from Alex Ferguson's class of '99 were equally impressive. Two goals down after 11 minutes, their European obituaries were being written for another season, but this side simply refused to be beaten. They hauled themselves back into the game with two first-half goals from Roy Keane and Dwight Yorke, and then sealed a memorable night with a late winner from Andy Cole, after Yorke burst through before being pulled down by goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi. However, Swiss referee Urs Meier waved play on and Cole raced in to slide the ball into an empty net and wrap up an astonishing recovery. This was United's sixth meeting with Juventus in four years, and only their second win - the first was also 3-2, at Old Trafford last season. Incredibly, it was the first two-legged European Cup tie the Italians had lost for 13 years. Ironically, elsewhere on that day, Manchester United named a certain Mr A.Ferguson as their new manager. However, although everything turned out alright for the Old Trafford side, it looked as though it would be anything other than a glory night after an incredible opening from Juventus. It's widely accepted that the golden rule to be followed for the away leg of a European tie is to keep things tight at the back for the first 20 minutes and to try to silence the crowd. Unfortunately, if that was United's game plan, it was blown apart inside a stunning first 11 minutes. There were just six minutes on the clock when the first meaningful attack of the evening ended with Juventus forcing a corner. Zinedine Zidane - the French ace whose wife has been making more headlines in Turin than him this week - played it short to Angelo Di Livio, before collecting the return pass and whipping in a cross towards the far post. Gary Neville got himself into a hopeless tangle and it was left to Filippo Inzaghi to provide the simplest of finishes from four yards out. United responded with a skilful overhead kick from Cole, which sadly for them flew straight at Angleo Peruzzi, but within five minutes they were rocked by a second goal from Inzaghi. This time the Italian international collected Didier Deschamps' ball with his back to goal, but after turning past Jaap Stam he got the stroke of luck he was looking for as his shot bounced off the Dutch defender's foot and over the despairing leap of Peter Schmeichel. It was a sensational start and looked certain to signal the end of Ferguson's European dream for another year but, incredibly, it was merely the start of a simply unforgettable night. United showed that they would not lie down without a fight when Yorke volleyed over after 18 minutes, following a neat exchange of passes with his strike partner Cole. That was a warning to the Italian giants that they would not have things all their own way, but if they failed to heed that one, there was no way they could ignore what followed five minutes later. David Beckham whipped a left wing corner into the near post where Roy Keane met the ball with a flashing header into the far corner to give the visitors real hope and reassure their travelling fans that they would not have to suffer a night of total humiliation. However, Keane's joy turned to agony just nine minutes when he collected the yellow card which will rule him out of next month's final when he chopped down Zidane after the Frenchman had robbed him of possession in midfield. But that setback did not knock United out of their stride and they were rewarded two minutes later with an equaliser. Cole and Yorke had failed to set the world alight in recent weeks, and there were even suggestions that Teddy Sheringham would replace one of them in the starting line-up, but the pair combined superbly to fashion the second goal, with Cole crossing for his strike partner and Yorke, spinning away from his marker Ciro Ferrara, placing his header firnly wide of Peruzzi. There was no sign of the pace of the game letting up as half-time approached and Cole's drive was saved by Peruzzi after a sharp turn, while at the other end Inzaghi was denied a hat-trick when Schmeciehl saved with his legs after the Italian had, worryingly for United, again turned Stam inside the box. But it was United who finished the half stronger and they were within inches of claiming the goal which would have left Juve needing to score twice in the second period when Yorke crashed a shot against the post with Peruzzi well beaten. Perhaps not surprisingly, the second half failed to start in the same dynamic fashion as the first had ended, but it was the home side who threatened first after 51 minutes. Gianluca Passotto threaded a delightful through ball into the path of Inzaghi, but the striker's first time shot was expertly saved by Schmeichel with his legs. A minute later, Edgar Davids became the second player on the night booked, and therefore would have been ruled out of the final if his side had made it there when he crunched into Beckham on the halfway line. But the England star proved there were no ill effects from that challenge two minutes later when he crossed invitingly for Cole, but the United striker's touch let him down terribly and the ball bobbled through to Peruzzi and a glorious chance had gone. Inzaghi then had his hat-trick 'goal' disallowed for offside after he turned home Antonio Conte's cross-cum-shot from almost on the goalline, before United were again denied what surely would have been the winning goal when Denis Irwin cut inside Di Livio and drilled a superb shot across Peruzzi which cannoned back off the inside of the goalkeeper's far post. The rebound ricocheted back to the Irishman but he could only steer his follow-up wide of the post. By now, Paul Scholes had been introduced into the action for the ineffectual Jesper Blomqvist but the little midfielder's first meaningful contribution was to pick up a yellow card for a foul on Deschamps. That booking means that he, like Keane, will miss the final against Bayern Munich in Barcelona next month. Yorke again went close to sealing victory ten minutes from time when he met Beckham's corner with a firm header but saw his effort cleared off the line by Daniel Fonseca, who had been on the pitch only a matter of seconds as replacement for Di Livio. The Uruguyuan had obviously been brought on to have more effect at the other end and just a minute later his flashing cross evaded every body and was cleared by Iriwn at the far post. But, although they had to survive some anxious moments, United held firm to set up Cole's grandstand finish and complete one of the most dramatic comebacks in European Cup history.
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Subject: Juventus 2 - 3 Manchester United United vault the final hurdle [Guardian] Michael Walker at Stadio delle Alpi sees Ferguson's heroes fight back from two goals down in Italy Thursday April 22, 1999 On a night of unrelenting, escalating and scarcely credible football drama at a packed, intense, evocative stadium at the foothills of the Alps, Manchester United conquered the highest summit yet in Alex Ferguson's triumphant 13 years at Old Trafford. Last night United planted a glorious red flag on one of Europe's most prestigious peaks and it is their vivid colours that will fly high over the Nou Camp in Barcelona next month. They are in the European Cup final for the first time since 1968. Sadly they will be without their on-field leader Roy Keane - and Paul Scholes - a second yellow card for both meaning a cruel automatic suspension. It is a fact all the more regrettable as it was Keane who instigated the United fight-back after Filippo Inzaghi has seemingly felled Ferguson's men with two goals in the first 10 minutes. Concussed, United were in danger of being embarrassed as well as floored but Keane's remarkable spirit produced a wonderful headed goal from him midway through the first half. It was followed by a similarly precise header from Dwight Yorke 10 minutes later and, with five minutes to go, Andy Cole delivered the scintillating winner. United had done what they needed to: made their goals count. In seeking to address Ryan Giggs's absence which was expected, Ferguson elected to retain United's natural shape by fielding his understudy Jesper Blomqvist. It had been thought that in wanting steel Ferguson might play Nicky Butt wide on the left but that option was declined, although Butt still started, Paul Scholes's attacking creativity being sacrificed. There was some heartening information from the Juventus line-up for United, however. Paolo Montero, their seemingly indestructible Uruguayan centre-half, was just a substitute, though Juve, in replacing him with Ciro Ferrara, were making a statement about their quality in depth. A further reminder of that arrived soon after. Zinedine Zidane and Edgar Davids had already offered fresh evidence of their incisive passing before the two crushing early blows and David Beckham was forced to concede the corner that led to Inzaghi's opener because of it. With United regrouping in the area, Zidane exchanged a quick pass with Angelo di Livio before arrowing a fierce centre across Peter Schmeichel's six-yard box. The velocity of the cross took it past everybody, but not Inzaghi, who rushed past Gary Neville to stab the ball in at the far post. The United players must have been dumbstruck and yet things were quickly to worsen. Five minutes later, prompted by another slick pass from Davids, Juve went upfield and scored again. Again it was Inzaghi delivering the final strike although, as he twisted to shoot, closely marked by Jaap Stam, the last touch was off Stam's boot. It sent the ball in a dispiriting arc over Schmeichel and in. It was breathtaking stuff and United were the ones having their breath taken. But, moti vated by their captain Keane, they staged a staggering resuscitation. In the 24th minute Keane himself rose like Tommy Smith had 22 years previously for Liverpool in Rome to spear in a header from Beckham's inswinging corner. That was invigorating but 10 minutes later it was to get even better when Yorke hung in the air to steer in an Andy Cole centre with fantastic assurance. Two-two and suddenly United were through if the score remained that way. But not many were taking that bet as Stam, with a header off his own line, and Angelo Peruzzi, with a fingertip save that diverted Yorke's diagonal shot on to the woodwork, prevented further first-half goals. In the midst of the recovery the only bad news for United was a booking for Keane that ruled him out of any possible trip to Barcelona. Eight minutes after half- time Davids found his name in the same book and himself in the same boat as Keane. Sixty seconds earlier Inzaghi looked about to book Juve's passage to Spain but found his ticket - and his hat-trick - rejected by a giant sprawl of a save from Schmeichel. Typically, in a ding-dong contest, Cole almost immediately had a golden chance to score at the other end, but his control of Beckham's pinpoint cross was poor and the opportunity lost. But Cole was to redeem himself at the last. Brilliantly, inspirationally, United's dream lives on. Juventus (4-4-1-1): Peruzzi; Birindelli (Amoruso, h-t), Ferrara, Iuliano (Montero, h-t), Pessotto; Conte, Deschamps, Davids, di Livio (Fonseca, 80min); Zidane; Inzaghi. Manchester United: (4-4-2): Schmeichel; G Neville, Stam, Johnsen, Irwin; Beckham, Butt, Keane, Blomqvist (Scholes, 68); Yorke, Cole. Referee: U Meyer (Switzerland).
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Subject: manutd.com report (official site) Report NOU CAMP FINAL FOR COMEBACK KINGS UNITED To win a competitive match in Italy was considered Manchester United's Mission Impossible, and the task seemed even harder when Ryan Giggs – scorer of two crucial semi-final goals this month – failed to recover from his ankle injury. The Welsh wizard did not even make the bench, although Alex Ferguson did have three potential match-winners in reserve, namely Solskjaer, Scholes and Sheringham. Peter Schmeichel was called into early action in the 3rd minute, racing to the edge of the box to smother a promising Juve attack which pitted Ronny Johnsen against Filippo Inzaghi. Then, moments later, Johnsen's partner Stam had to contend with the same Italian striker, and to United's relief, the big Dutchman won the duel. In the 6th minute, David Beckham had to track back with opposing left-back Gianluca Pessotto, and sliding in, the England man conceded the first corner of the match. French playmaker Zinedine Zidane took the setpiece short to Di Livio, received a return pass and then swept a curling cross to the far post where Inzaghi eluded Gary Neville and stabbed the ball home first time from only a few yards out. The home fans in the Stadio Delle Alpi roared with delight, as the Juve players celebrated the early goal they had so badly wanted. 1-0 to the Italians, 2-1 on aggregate. In the following minute, Neville tried to make amends for United, hoisting the ball across the Juve box to Andy Cole, who performed the perfect bicycle kick on the penalty spot, only to find the arms of Angelo Peruzzi. United's challenge became all the more daunting in the eleventh minute when Inzaghi stunned them with his second goal of the game, and his sixth in this season's competition. The finish was fortunate, as Pippo's shot struck Stam for a wicked, looping deflection over Schmeichel, but the way he collected Di Livio's probing pass and turned his man oozed continental class. 2-0 to Juventus and United were in grave danger of being outclassed. The Reds needed a rapid response but they took another six or seven minutes to muster another decent chance. Cole and Yorke linked up well in the area, but the Tobagon could only blaze his shot high and wide. Still, the movement sent a message of hope to the United bench where manager Ferguson and his assistant Steve McClaren watched anxiously. The staff and subs thought for a moment they were back in the game when Yorke breached the home defence and carried the ball into the box. He fell under a challenge from Ciro Ferrara, in for the injured Paolo Montero, and in the ensuing melee, as some players appealed for a foul, both Cole and Beckham had their shots blocked. Sadly the incident did not end in a penalty for United, but in a Juventus free-kick, awarded for offside. If the pendulum was swaying slightly towards the visitors, it took one heavy swing in their direction in the 25th minute, when Beckham fired in a lethal corner from United's left and captain Roy Keane rose to glance a header past Peruzzi into the far side of the net. 2-1 now to Juve, 3-2 on aggregate, but with the away goals crucially evened out. Frustrated by their lack of possession and United's persistence, Juve's fans began to whistle, especially when Yorke was teed up by Cole for another shot at goal. He dragged the effort wide, but the home fans were perturbed by the amount of space he had found. Juve's reply was again effective, forcing Jaap Stam to make a vital save. Di Livio's cross tempted Schmeichel to rush from his goal, but the Great Dane lost out to Inzaghi in the air and he could only watch in hope as the ball looped towards the net. Fortunately for the Reds, Stam was in position, almost under his own cross bar, to head it away. In the 32nd minute, captain Keane ruled himself out of the Champions League Final with a crude foul on Zidane close to the halfway line. It was a bitter blow for the Irishman, having scored such an important goal minutes earlier. This incredible match took another twist in the 34th minute when Cole crossed from the right and Yorke, pulling away from Ferrara, headed United into the driving seat at 2-2, 3-3 on aggregate. Fergie jumped in joy from the bench. What a difference less than half an hour can make! Inzaghi's efforts had almost been forgotten by now but he posted a reminder in the 37th minute, turning Stam once again to shoot with menace. This time, Schmeichel made a good save. At the other end, Yorke – suddenly back on form – drove another shot past Peruzzi but agonisingly for the United man, the ball cannoned back off the post and the rebound eluded Blomqvist. After such a breathtaking first half, it was no surprise that the second half started a little slower. Juve coach Carlo Ancelotti had seen his team snatch and then throw away a place in their fourth successive Champions League Final and he needed to make changes. He replaced Mark Iuliano with Paolo Montero at the heart of his defence, took off right-back Alessandro Birindelli and brought on a strike partner for Inzaghi in Nicola Amoruso. Zidane dropped in behind the front two. United kept the same team and nearly made the same mistakes as they did in the early part of the first half, when they again allowed Inzaghi to steal some space in the area. With 51 minutes on the clock, Schmeichel made another important save to deny the Italian dangerman. Edgar Davids – who was so impressive in the first leg – followed Keane's example in the 54th minute and with a bookable foul, crossed his name off the squad list for the final. In the 56th minute, Davids' victim, David Beckham whipped in a low cross which bounced in front of Cole on the penalty spot but the striker prodded the excellent chance wide of the target. A goal at that point, with Juve starting to dominate, would have been so, so crucial. Five minutes later, Juve thought they were back in front, but Inzaghi was clearly offside when he slotted the ball into an empty net, with Schmeichel beaten. The score remained even, on the night and on aggregate, although United remained in front on away goals. With the World Footballer of the Year in their ranks, Juve were in no mood to lie down, and Zidane it was who threaded a neat pass through to Amoruso in a threatening position. Just as the substitute prepared himself to shoot, Stam closed him down and swept away the problem. A very timely challenge. Alex Ferguson maybe sensed the need for another goal, as he sent on Paul Scholes in the 67th minute for Blomqvist, who'd worked hard to fill the shoes of Ryan Giggs on the left wing. In fact, the goal nearly came from a more unusual source in the 72nd minute. On a rare foray forward, Denis Irwin was able to cut inside on the edge of the Juve area and shoot sweetly with his right foot. For the second time on the night, the ball struck the woodwork, and when the rebound reached the Irishman, he tucked a second effort into the side netting. In the opposite area, Stam had to make another superb tackle, this time on Zidane, to keep the home team at bay. After the early minutes when Inzaghi outmanouevred him, United's Dutch colossus had regained his composure and was by now in command. Scholes should have followed Stam's example but instead he made a rash tackle in the 76th minute, and was penalised with a yellow card – and another suspension from the final. The bookings rule was threatening to spoil what looked like a great night's work for United. Juve threw on a third forward with eleven minutes left but Daniel Fonseca's first touch came in the wrong area as far as he was concerned, steering a Yorke header wide of Juve's goal as Beckham tested the home defence with three corners in a row. Zidane went for the jugular again in the 81st minute when he weaved his way to the byline on Juve's left but his low cross eluded Inzaghi who was a whisker away from a hat-trick. United pieced together an excellent move in reply, but Cole, set up by Yorke, could only shoot straight at Inzaghi. However, the former Newcastle United striker only had to wait for another minute for another chance which he buried with aplomb. Yorke again was the creator and he might have won a penalty as he burst through to be pulled down by Peruzzi. Just as the referee contemplated his whistle and the red card, Cole saved him the bother, slotting the loose ball in from a tight angle. Yes – 3-2!!! United were in front, heading for their first win on Italian soil and a first appearance in the Champions League Final under Alex Ferguson. It was nearly signed, sealed and delivered in the 87th minute when Beckham tried his luck with a volley but it flew wide. It mattered not because within a few more minutes, the final whistle was blown, and United were celebrating with thousands of loyal fans who'd travelled to Turin to witness this great event. Bayern Munich are next for the Reds, in a mouthwatering Champions League Final at the Nou Camp in Barcelona on 26 May. We can't wait.... can you? Manchester United - The Legend - http://manunited.net
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Subject: Armchair Personal report from DA in USA So we are finally through! Does anyone realise that the last time we appeared in a European Cup final, City won the 1st Division Championship, has it really been that long? Tonight was very special, regardless of whatever happens the rest of the season, we Reds can tuck this match away in our memories, I classify them in my own mind as 'one of those special nights' Being a United fan for over 40 years there have quite a few of these such nights, but tonight is right up there with them all Forgetting the fact that I had to endure the idiotic rantings of Tommy 'onion bag' Smyth I can't remember enjoying an 'armchair' match like this before I had no problems getting away from work for this one, I am home on sick leave, so I had plenty of time to prepare, new United cap on, the new black shirt (we are unbeaten when I have worn it) the chair fully reclined, the only thing that would have made it perfect would have been a can of Boddies, but since I am rehabing the Doc said that was out! I won't go into the actual match here, but will comment on individual performances, and what performances they were! Every match when I try to figure out my MOM, the name of Stam comes to mind, this man is simply unbelievable, he is the best defender in the World, bar none, and whatsmore he fits right into the way we play, but tonight he was surrounded by similar magnificent play. I doubt I have seen Dennis Irwin have a better match, what a great pity that his run into the Juve penalty area wasn't rewarded with more than just a rebound off the post, some will blame Gary Nev for one of the Juve goals, but I lean more to the side that says it was an incredible goal, lets face it we knew these Italians could play! Ronnie Johnsen was superb partnering the 'rock' our two central defenders are simply 'World Class' In midfield, there was our leader, hard as nails and leading by example, did anyone notice the look of sheer determination on Roy's face as he flicks our first goal home, he bloody KNEW we were going to win this one, the only tears of the night are that he won't be afforded the honour of leading us out in Barcelona, Nicky Butt now has a heavy task on his young shoulders in future weeks, but we know he is 'up for it' David Beckham did what we expected, he buzzed around the whole match, was creative and outshone the 'bald one' That brings me to Blomqvist, and contrary to some opinions, I feel he filled Ryan's shoes very well, his check backs into defense were excellent, and at times his tackling looked superb Now for the forwards.. Yorke was a constant thorn in Juve side, Davids had said that our two 'soul brothers' were easy to defend, well he got a lesson this evening! And that brings me to Andy Cole, how fitting that he should crown this glorious match with his late goal, his cross for Yorke's goal was spot on, and he ran and chased allnight, just like he has since he first joined United And no, I didn't forget the big daft sod, he was as magnificent as ever, and it will be fitting to see this great man lead our team into battle against Munich, what a perfect way to conclude a fantastic career! Kathy (my Wife) wants to know how a grown man can spend an afternoon at home alone watching Footie, and end up with a hoarse throat.....but she knows! God Bless everyone, the Red Flag Flew high this evening! DA
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Subject: Devils cloud Agnelli's heavenly vision clouded By Jim White in Turin Thursday April 22, 1999 Alex Ferguson is fond of saying that his club never take the easy route, that his players love to push his heart to its outer limits, ensuring that the entire annual output of Wrigley's Spearmint is gummed in the process. But this night in Turin makes their run past Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal to the FA Cup final look like the smoothest of four-lane motorways. There is no underestimating United's achievement. To dispense with Juventus on their home turf was epic enough, to do it when apparently staggering punch drunk to the ropes was beyond anything even the wildly optimistic Ferguson could have envisaged. Gianni Agnelli, Juventus's septuagenarian owner, reckons that his side's performance at Old Trafford in the first leg was `the most beautiful' he had ever seen in his time with the club. Which is saying something, as he has been a fan since the days when Mussolini tried on a black shirt at his local tailors and liked the cut of it so much he ordered 10,000 to go. `There was only one thing wrong with that game,' said the man who, since his remarks about Zinedine Zidane's wife, is unlikely to be high on Germaine Greer's Christmas card list. `It went on a minute too long.' To beat his side, everyone was agreed, and reach their first European Champions Cup Final since the days when Manchester City were League champions (yes, that long ago), Ferguson's team would have to play better than ever. At least the visitors could not carp about the conditions. The weather had been distinctly Mancunian all day, torrents running off the Alps. And the Juve pitch, covered in what looked like giant strips of clingfilm until half an hour before kick-off, was a patchwork of shades of green every bit as dreadful as Old Trafford's. The sense of expectation, of the certainty of forthcoming victory among the home fans, was astonishing to behold. At the mention of each Juve player's name over the public address system, fountains sprayed and danced behind each goal, giant flags swung in the stands, firecrackers boomed. In response, the banner passing over the pocket of United fans read ing, bizarrely, `Carrickfergus Reds'' looked isolated, provincial. A bit like Carrickfergus, in short. By the seventh minute, you could tell why the home camp was so confident: it appeared this was not to be a night on which expectations, form or history were to be overturned. By then Filippo Inzaghi had already driven United's defence to such distraction they had conceded two goals, provoking a noise which suggested the Juve fans wanted to demolish this much-disliked stadium on the spot. If Old Trafford had been beautiful, up in his stately box, Senor Agnelli must have been scouring his Thesaurus. But what a spirit Ferguson has built. United would not stop running; the warrior spirit Edgar Davids so derided has much to commend it. And before half an hour had elapsed, a breath of life was restored to the corpse of United's ambition by the indomitable Roy Keane, the restoration continued by Dwight Yorke's clinical header. You wondered how these two teams could top one of the finest 45 minutes seen in the senior European competition, but they resumed as if fresh from their beds. As the end drew near, the Juve fans began brawling amongst themselves. Presumably someone had dared to suggest that when it comes to things of beauty, it would be hard to top this United performance.
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Subject: BBC Match Report: United's glorious comeback Wednesday, April 21, 1999 Published at 20:41 GMT 21:41 UK Juventus 2-3 Man Utd (aggregate 3-4) Manchester United are through to their first European Cup final in 31 years after a night of great drama in Turin. They came back from 2-0 down after just 11 minutes in the second-leg of their semi-final in Turin. Despite the poor start, the English side were ahead on away goals within 34 minutes, after goals from Roy Keane and Dwight Yorke pulled them back into the tie. And after withstanding the Italian side's pressure, Andy Cole added the finishing touch to make sure with seven minutes to go. United's only regret on the night were bookings to Keane and Paul Scholes, which will rule both out of the final against Bayern Munich next month. The match in Turin began with news that the injured Ryan Giggs was not fit enough to even take a place on the bench, and it got worse for United as soon as the action began. Filippo Inzaghi scored both goals, the first after just six minutes, when the Italian side won a corner. It was taken short by Zinedine Zidane to Angelo Di Livio, who clipped the ball ball back to the Frenchman. He fizzed a cross to the far-post where Inzaghi finished after shaking off Gary Neville's desperate challenge. Inzaghi's second was a shot from the Juventus left, which deflected off Jaap Stam and looped over Peter Schmeichel. United come forward United knew before the game that they would have to score at least once to get through to a first European Cup final in 31 years. Now the task was to score twice, and the English team were not slow to come forward in search of those goals. The 24th minute a corner brought them their first, as poor marking allowed Keane to score a header past Angelo Peruzzi. Juventus were rattled, although Zidane continued to be influential, a fact recognised by Keane, who brought him down during one run and was inevitably punished with a yellow card. Then it was Yorke's turn to hit the target to level the scores as he met Cole's right wing cross with his head and beat Peruzzi with ease. Again the Juve marking was poor. Yorke almost made it two minutes later when he hit the post after more good work with his strike partner. A thrilling game was now more open than anyone could have imagined, and Stam had to clear a high bouncing ball off the line after Schmeichel came for a cross and missed his punch. Juve changes at half-time Half-time saw Juventus making the first changes as striker Nicola Amoruso replaced defender Alessandro Birindelli to provide Inzaghi with a strike partner. Coach Carlo Ancelotti also brought on semi-fit defender Paolo Monterofor Mark Iuliano. Juve soon started to threaten and United's central defensive pairing of Stam and Ronny Johnsen were forced to stay alert whenever the Italian side came forward. Cole wasted a glorious chance to give United an aggregate lead when Beckham played him in from the right, but the unmarked striker could only stab the ball wide, when he should have scored. Inzaghi did have the ball in the net again on 61 minutes, but a linesman's flag correctly denied him his hat-trick. The pressure from the Italian side was slowly building but Johnsen, Schmeichel and Stam in particular were equal to just about everything they could create. Irwin hits post United were able to break occasionally and might have scored on 70 minutes, when Dennis Irwin hit the post. Substitute Scholes, who had replaced Jesper Blomqvist, soon received his yellow card for a two-footed challenge. Uruguayan striker Daniel Fonseca was the next new arrival, and his first touch was to clear a Cole header off the line at a corner. There were just 10 minutes left and Juve clearly planned to play three up front with Fonseca replacing Di Livio. The Uruguayan made a second immediate impression by cutting a ball across the goal, which no one could meet with the goal gaping. But United were not just hanging on, and were enjoying plenty of posession to deny the men in black and white. And they made sure of their night in Barcelona in May when Yorke ran clear as Juve pushed forward. Yorke was brought down by Peruzzi but the referee played the advantage and Cole was able to run through and tap the ball into an empty net. The Italian side knew they were beaten and their fans streamed out of the ground as the party started for the travelling supporters. Juventus: Peruzzi, Ferrara, Di Livio, Conte, Inzaghi, Iuliano, Deschamps, Birindelli, Pessotto, Zidane, Davids. Subs: Rampulla, Montero, Fonseca, Amoruso, Tudor. Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Irwin, Johnsen, Stam, Beckham, Butt, Blomqvist, Keane, Yorke, Cole. Subs: Van Der Gouw, May, Sheringham, P. Neville, Scholes. Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)
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Subject: Minute-by-minute report Juventus 2 - 3 Man United Inzaghi 6, 10 | Keane 24, Yorke 34, Cole 85 Juventus Peruzzi, Ferrara, Di Livio, Conte, Inzaghi, Iuliano, Deschamps, Birindelli, Pessotto, Zidane, Davids. Subs: Rampulla, Montero, Fonseca, Amoruso, Tudor, Tacchinardi, Esnaider. Manchester United Peter Schmeichel; Gary Neville, Dennis Irwin, Ronny Johnsen, Jaap Stam; David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Roy Keane; Jesper Blomqvist, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke. 1st minute Juventus attack down their left but Stam clears long. 2 Davids controls play in the centre of midfield. Throw to United deep in their own half. 3 Cole caught offside. 4 Inzaghi and Zidane attempt a one-two but the ball rolls through to Schmeichel. 5 Stam beats Inzaghi to a long ball over the United defence, clearing for a throw. 6 Beckham slides to deny Pessotto a chance on the Juve left. Corner to the Italians. 7 Juventus 1-0 Man Utd Zidane sweeps a low cross low to the back post, Inzaghi finishes before Schmeichel can make up the ground. 8 An overhead kick from Andy Cole raises spirits but it goes staight to Peruzzi. 10 Davids breaks down the right but Neville tidies up. 11 Juventus 2-0 Man Utd Inzaghi slides ahead of Stam and a wicked deflection sees the ball clear Schmeichel into the back of the United net. 13 Scrappy play with neither side establishing any real possession. 15 Keane brings down Davids in central midfield. 16 Brilliant dummy from Yorke lets the ball run to Cole. His return pass again finds Yorke but he blazes over from ten yards. 17 Beckham swings in a long free-kick from the United right flank but Juve clear easily. 19 Good possession from United but the move lacks penetration and Zidane wins the ball back for the Italians. 21 Scramble in the Juve box ends with an apparent foul on Cole. United penalty appeals turned away. 22 Ferrara slices through Yorke for the second time in a minute - another free-kick to United. 24 Juventus 2-1 Man Utd Beckham corner. Keane climbs highest and leaves the Juve keeper for dead with a perfectly weighted glancing header. 25 Strong defending by Stam who sees the ball back to safety. 27 More scrappy play in the middle of the pitch. United enjorying the better possession. 29 Cole and Yorke again string passes together in the Juve half but Yorke drags a shot well wide from the edge of the box. 30 Stam clears off the line after Schmeichel is beaten to a deep cross. 32 Schmeichel claims the resulting corner. 33 United control the pace of the game in midfield. Stam brings the ball into the Italian half but Yorke loses the ball. 34 Yellow card Keane for a late tackle on Zidane. 35 Juventus 2-2 Man Utd Beckham crosses and Yorke's diving header beats Peruzzi to his left. 37 Snap shot from Cole on the edge of the Juve box, straight to Peruzzi. 38 Inzaghi turns in the United area but Schmeichel smothers the shot and the ball goes out for a goal-kick. United have recovered well and now have Juventus on the back foot after early horrors. 39 Yorke hits the post with Peruzzi beaten to his right. 42 Zidane caught offside when clean through on Schmeichel's goal. Replay suggests a bad decision. 43 More frantic play in midfield. Di Livio crosses from the Juve left but Inzaghi is caught offside. 44 Juve keep the ball in midfield before needlessly giving the ball away and Schmeichel collects. Injury time Cole is denied by Juliano at the near post after a low cross from Blomqvist. Half-time Juventus 2-2 Man Utd 46 Juventus get the second half under way. Beckam wins the ball down the United right. 47 United give the ball away on their left but Conte over-hits a cross and it falls to Schmeichel. 48 Steady build up by the Italians but Johnsen wins the ball back for United. United have a throw deep in Juve territory. Butt slices a volley well wide of Peruzzi's right post. 49 United win another throw in the last third. Neville launches it deep into the box but and Italian head clears. 50 Amoruso finds space in the United box but Stam gets the ball away at a stretch. Inzaghi caught offside from a Zidane through-ball. 51 Inzaghi one-on-one with Schmiechel but the Dane saves with his legs. 52 Yellow card Beckham scythed down by Davids. 53 Inzaghi attempts to slip a ball through the United defence but again Schmeichel gets there first. Stam clears another cross from Zidane. 54 Beckham swings in a trademark cross to an unmarked Cole but he fails to control the ball and it goes out for a Juve goal-kick. 55 Juve enjoy the better possession with United conceding a series of fouls in midfield. 56 Zidane caught narrowly offside on the Italian's left flank. Yorke wins another long ball in the air but the attack comes to nothing. 57 United build menacingly but Beckham plays a weak ball into Peruzzi's penalty area. 58 Another Zidane cross, this time from the left, but it is again Stam who clears. 59 Keane breaks into the Italian box resulting in a United corner. Yorke's header is claimed easily by Peruzzi. 61 Disallowed goal Inzaghi ruled offside after a scramble in the United six-yard box. 62 United tackle valiantly to deny Juve time in midfield. 63 Beckham flights an aimless freekick into the Juve box. Yorke breaks down the United right but he too wastes the final ball. 64 Juventus build patiently but the ball is eventually hung up in the United box and Stam claims comfortably. 65 Stam heroically clears for United after brilliant interplay from the Zidane and Inzaghi. 68 United substitution: Paul Scholes for Blomqvist 69 Johnsen just gets back to deny Inzaghi at the final moment. 70 United again work hard to pressurise the Juve player in possession. Johnsen wins a timely header after a cross from the Italian right. 71 Irwin hits Peruzzi's left post after controlled build-up play from United. The Irishmen finds the side-netting from the rebound. 73 Zidane and Stam go shoulder-to-shoulder on the edge of the United box. The Dutchman wins the ball for United. 74 Keane wins a freekick on the half-way line. 75 Di Livio's cross from the right it caught waist-high by Schmeichel. Ferrara pushes Cole in the face. 76 Another scramble in the United box but Johnsen stoops to head clear. 77 Yellow card Scholes for a foul on Deschamps. 78 Juve resort to throwing long balls into the United penalty area. Conte wastes another. 79 Corner to United - Beckham swings it deep. The ball is charged down and its another corner. 80 Juventus substitution: Fonseca for Di Livio. Fonseca straight into the action, clearing off the line from a Yorke header. Beckham crosses from the right but Peruzzi cliams easily. 81 Schmeichel punches away a Juve corner. United break but Montero gets back for the Italians. 82 Zidane feeds Fonseca but his inviting ball into Schmeichel's six-yard box cannot find a striped shirt. 84 United build steadily. Yorke finds Cole but his right-foot shot is tame and Peruzzi saves to his left. 85 Juvenus 2-3 Man Utd Yorke bundles through the last line of Juve's defence before being brought down by Peruzzi. The ball rolls on for Cole to ram home into an empty net. 86 Desperate attacking from Juve - they need to two goals to reach the final. 88 Irwin bursts down the United left flank. His deep cross finds an unmarked Beckham but he volleys just wide of Peruzzi's right post. 89 Stam again stands in the way of the Italians. This time he blocks a shot from Amoruso. 90 Juventus know their dream is over. The pace of the game drops considerably. Injury time Inzaghi receives the ball to his feet on the edge of Schmeichel's penalty area but Neville robs him. Full-time Juventus 2-3 Man Utd
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Subject: Juventus 2-3 Manchester United: Reds book the dream ticket By Graham Hunter Thursday, April 22, 1999 When the Juventus crowd, to a man, rose and applauded Manchester United off the pitch at the end of this momentous victory, it was almost as significant as the fact that United's 31-year wait for another European Cup final is over. This was the moment when Juve, the club which has dominated European football for the last five years, graciously handed their mantle over to the team which might just do the same for the next few seasons. By turning a gaping two-goal deficit into a 3-2 victory in this lion's den of a stadium, Alex Ferguson's team equalled every achievment of Matt Busby's 1968 side - bar the one which now lies in wait in Barcelona next month. No wonder these proud Italians clapped until their hands were sore; this was one of England's, never mind Manchester United's best-ever performances in Europe. It came to a climax when Andy Cole finished crisply after Dwight Yorke had barged through the Juve defence and been brought down by Angelo Peruzzi. Referee Urs Meier allowed the advantage and that was all United needed to reach out for the confrontation against Bayern Munich. That they are there at all is nothing short of miraculous. The first 10 minutes had been disastrous. The early jitters in the Juventus defence which had offered faint hope disappeared like snow in Spring sunshine. United first lost concentration, then they lost a goal and finally seemed to have lost their way totally. Once again, Ferguson's men were completely bamboozled by the tactics which Juventus mockingly call 'Formula Manchester'. The ploy of using Pippo Inzaghi alone up front and the mercurial Frenchman Zinedine Zidane looks simple in construction and not quite a Mensa test to block. But Zidane roamed freely, Inzaghi caused panic and before the match had properly taken its shape, Juventus were 2-0 ahead on the night and 3-1 ahead on aggregate. The first blow came in the sixth minute when the United defence were caught napping. Zidane's corner was allowed to be returned to him because Angelo di Livio was left unmarked and when the World Player of the Year drove the ball piercingly across goal, there was Inzaghi at the far post to steal in to score. If there were questions to be asked about the defensive organisation, then Peter Schmeichel's decision not to challenge the cross required equal interrogation. Of course, the stadium was in bedlam at that point, but so were Ferguson's players. Carlo Ancelotti's side suddenly thought that they were invincible. Within four minutes there seemed little doubt of that. Edgar Davids punched a pass into the penalty box and found Inzaghi 12 yards from goal. With a twist, he was suddenly facing the right way and the shot he unleashed took a looping deflection off the unfortunate Jaap Stam so that poor Schmeichel was left utterly marooned. The ball nestled in the net and, for a second, it looked as if no United player was going to retrieve it. Then, perhaps, the prospect of betraying Ferguson's confidence in their recuperative powers sunk in. Confidence flooded through their veins and the jitters were invisibly passed from United to Juventus. The fightback started with Denis Irwin's fine run and cross which Yorke and Cole dummied between each other only for Yorke's eventual volley to fly just over. Then, as Yorke raced away from the Juventus defence, Mark Iuliano hauled him back for what was a clear free-kick about four yards outside the box. Very little advantage accrued to United from the loose ball, indeed an offside flag quickly went up, and it seemed a cruel moment. But this brave side did not falter. Within four minutes, Cole had won a corner, David Beckham had floated the kick in beautifully and Keane had glanced a superb header beyond Peruzzi. To anyone who has seen United in Europe this season, it was instantly apparent that Juve were in danger. Perhaps the Italians did not realise quite how much peril they were in because Irwin, Yorke and Cole cut open the penalty box in the 28th minute as Juve visibly wilted. United weathered one stormcloud in their box, when a mistake between Stam and Schmeichel from Zidane's cross nearly allowed Inzaghi his hat-trick, but the Dutch defender headed away from under the bar. Then a mistake from Nicky Butt put Keane in sufficient trouble that he fouled Zidane and was booked for his trouble. A hush fell on the English contingent in the stadium when it sank in that their captain was out of the final... should they make it. Instead of crumbling, United went straight back up the pitch and scored. Gary Neville's long ball was challenged by Beckham and when Alessandro Birindelli's loose header fell to Cole, he instinctively crossed to the far post. There lurked Yorke, who scored what offered to be the most important action of his entire footballing career. Yorke, enjoying himself deliriously, danced around Iuliano and crashed a shot off the post, something which Irwin repeated in the middle of the second half. Either chance would have sealed the triumph but, instead, the two teams strung things out to a dramatic and emotional climax on this astonishing night. If the attacking play with which United hauled themselves back into the tie, and to the verge of the final, had been startling, what followed was much, much more significant. Stam played the match of his life, Beckham had the most mature, intelligent performance of his already golden career and when he was called on, Schmeichel made save after vital save. The best was when Inzaghi, who barely deserved to be on the losing side, broke through on to Gianluca Pessotto's clever pass. The Dane slid, used his feet and turned the game in that instant. Stam was an utter rock, winning every 40-60 tackle, inspiring the men around him and finding that this was his and United's night. Inzaghi had a goal ruled out, quite correctly, for offside; Paul Scholes tinged the night with some disappointment by joining Keane on the banned list for Barcelona and then came Cole's final seal. A classic performance on a classic night. Juventus (4-4-1-1): Peruzzi; Birindelli (Amoruso, 46 min), Iuliano (Montero, 46), Ferrara, Pessotto; Conte, Deschamps, Davids, Di Livio (Fonseca, 79); Zidane; Inzaghi. Manchester United (4-4-2): Peter Schmeichel; Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Ronny Johnsen, Denis Irwin; David Beckham, Roy Keane, Nicky Butt, Jesper Blomqvist (Scholes, 67); Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke. Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland) Booked: Davids, Keane, Scholes
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