Brondby 2 Manchester U 6
Brondby 2 Manchester United 6, Parken Stadium, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, October 21, 1998. Ryan Giggs registered a brace as Manchester United outclassed Danish Superliga Champions Brondby 6-2 at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Also on scoresheet were Andy Cole, Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke, and second half substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Denmark international Peter Schmeichel was up against his old club as Manchester United played Brondby in the UEFA Champions League in October 1998. The Old Trafford men had managed a creditable two-all draw against 1997-98 German Bundesliga runners-up Bayern Munich in front of a capacity home crowd of 75,000 people at the Olympic Stadium in their previous Champions League fixture, whereas The Boys from Vestegnen had lost two-nil to Spanish Premier Division giants FC Barcelona at a half-full Camp Nou. The FA Carling Premiership side found themselves a goal up within two minutes as Ryan Giggs found the net from a few yards out after Brondby shot stopper Mogens Krogh had failed to hold a cross by Wes Brown. Manchester United kept on pushing forward and had their second through the irrepressible Giggs who completed his brace by heading home a cross from Sweden international Jesper Blomquist on twenty-one minutes. And seven minutes later Andy Cole hit a third goal for the visitors when the prolific striker unleashed a well placed shot from just outside the area that went past Krogh and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net before Kim Daugaard pulled one back for the Danes in the thirty-fifth minute as he beat Schmeichel with an opportunistic free-kick. After the refreshments, Manchester United put the match well beyond reach for Brondby courtesy of an unstoppable effort from Roy Keane ten minutes into the second half and the visiting team stretched their lead further when Dwight Yorke converted an accurate cross from Phil Neville in the fifty-ninth minute. Then, on the hour mark, Alex Ferguson decided to replace Cole with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it took the clinical sharpshooter only two minutes to find the back of the net after entering the pitch. The last goal of the midweek encounter belonged to Brondby, though, as Ebbe Sand scored a second consolation for the hosts in the final minute of normal time after Schmeichel had only parried a shot from late second half substitute Ruben Bagger.
After mauling Ebbe Skovdahl´s Brondby by six goals to two, Manchester United were now topping Champions League Group D with five points from three games, one point ahead of FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Elsewhere in the Champions League, Athletic Bilbao and Juventus played out a goalless draw at San Mames Stadium, Olympiacos edged out AFC Ajax one-nil at the Olympic Stadium of Athens where Alexis Alexandris netted the winner for The Red-Whites seven minutes ahead of the break, Bayern Munich also won one-nil against FC Barcelona at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Internazionale of Milan beat Spartak Moscow two-one at San Siro, Kaiserslautern defeated PSV Eindoven by an identical scoreline at Phillips Stadium, Rosenborg overcame Galatasaray three-nil at Lerkendal Stadium thanks to a hat-trick by Sigurd Rushfeldt, FC Porto emerged winners by the exact same score against Dinamo Zagreb at Estadio das Antas through goals from Dorival Guidoni Junior, known simply as Doriva, and Zlatko Zahovic, Real Madrid demolished Sturm Graz by six goals to one in a one-side affair at Santiago Bernabeu, while Arsenal and Dynamo Kiev shared the points in a one-all draw at Wembley Stadium, with Dennis Bergkamp scoring for North Londoners and Serhiy Rebrov finding the target for the Ukrainians. Brondby Team: Mogens Krogh, Kenneth Rasmussen, Brian Jensen, Soren Colding, Per Nielsen, Allan Ravn, Thomas Lindrup, Bo Hansen, Ole Bjur, Kim Daugaard, Ebbe Sand. Substitutes: Vragel da Silva, Mikkel Jensen, Ruben Bagger, Jesper Thygesen, Mads Olsen, Soren Krogh, Emeka Andersen. Manchester United Team: Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Phil Neville, Wes Brown, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Jesper Blomqvist. Substitutes: Jordi Cruyff, Mark Wilson, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, John Curtis, Henning Berg, Michael Clegg, Raimond van der Gouw.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United walloped Swedish First Division outfit Djurgarden of Stockholm to the tune of a 6-1 scoreline in an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First Round Second Leg tie at Old Trafford on the 27th of October 1964. United´s starting eleven were Pat Dunne, Shay Brennan, Tony Dunne, Bill Foulkes, Paddy Crerand, Nobby Stiles, George Best, Bobby Charlton, David Herd, Denis Law, and John Connelly.