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Nobby Stiles

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.


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