Estudiantes 1 Man United 0
Estudiantes de La Plata 1 Manchester United 0, La Bombonera Stadium, UEFA/CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup First Leg, September 25, 1968. European Champions Manchester United lost 1-0 to Estudiantes in a match that saw Nobby Stiles sent off with eleven minutes left. The winner arrived in the 27th minute through a header from Marcos Conigliaro.
The 1968 Intercontinental Cup was a football tie held over two legs between Manchester United, winners of the 1968 European Cup, and Estudiantes, winners of the 1968 Copa Libertadores. As the showdown in Buenos Aires unfolded, though, it became apparent that Manchester United were not only struggling to adapt to the slower style of South American football, but the kings of Europe also had to put up with poor refereeing during an ill-tempered game at La Bombonera. The South Americans started on the front foot and went ahead when Marcos Conigliaro beat United goalkeeper Alex Stepney with a header from a Juan Ramon Veron corner three minutes before the half-hour mark. Manchester United had the ball in the net only ten minutes later, but the goal was wrongly ruled out for offside. Following the restart, Paraguayan match official Hugo Sosa Miranda continued to give questionable decisions and the guests from England were controversially reduced to ten men in the 79th minute of the tussle as Nobby Stiles was handed his marching orders for apparently standing too close to Estudiantes midfield playmaker Carlos Bilardo. Manchester United tried their utmost to find an equaliser during the closing stages, but failed to break the home defence. Estudiantes de La Plata Team: Alberto Jose Poletti, Oscar Malbernat, Ramon Aguirre Suarez, Raul Madero, Jose Hugo Medina, Carlos Bilardo, Carlos Pachame, Nestor Togneri, Felipe Ribaudo, Marcos Conigliaro, Juan Ramon Veron. Substitutes: None. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Tony Dunne, Francis Burns, Paddy Crerand, Bill Foulkes, Nobby Stiles, Willie Morgan, David Sadler, Bobby Charlton , Denis Law, George Best. Substitutes: None.
Nobby Stiles Quickfacts
After making his Manchester United debut in a 1–1 First Division draw with Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park on the 1st of October 1960, Nobby Stiles proceeded to play 395 games for the club.