Manchester Utd 3 Rapid 0

George Best

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Rap­id Vi­enna 0, Old Traf­ford, UEFA Euro­pean Cup Quart­er-Fi­nal Fir­st Leg, Feb­ruary 26, 1969. Man­chester Uni­ted and North­ern Ire­land for­ward Ge­orge Best showed glimpses of his great­ness, scor­ing two goals either si­de of ha­lf-time break ag­ainst Rap­id Vi­enna in a 3-0 win at Old Traf­ford. Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al Wil­lie Mor­gan also ma­naged to make the score sheet for the ho­me si­de wi­th a well-taken goal in the sec­ond frame.

Al­though the im­port­ant mat­ch ag­ainst Rudolf Vytlacil´s Rap­id Vi­enna took place a mere two days af­ter Man­chester Uni­ted had trashed Sec­ond Di­vi­sion club Birm­ing­ham City by a 6-2 score at Old Traf­ford in an FA Cup Fifth Ro­und Re­play, Sir Matt Busby´s men still had enough in them to win in style. Wi­th on­ly one min­ute re­maining of the fir­st ha­lf, Ge­orge Best han­ded Uni­ted a well-de­served lead when he fol­lowed up a fierce ef­fort from fel­low stri­ker De­nis Law to score on the re­bound. Fol­low­ing the re­start, Man­chester Uni­ted doubled their ad­vant­age when sum­mer sign­ing Wil­lie Mor­gan went on to re­gister the sec­ond goal of the even­ing in the 70th min­ute of the Euro­pean Cup fix­ture, and shortly af­ter­wards Eng­land mid­fielder Nobbby Sti­les played a mag­ni­fi­cent chipped pass to Best who made the fi­nal score read 3-0 in fa­vour of The Reds. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, To­ny Dun­ne, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Ste­ve Ja­mes, Nob­by Sti­les, John Fitz­patrick, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Bri­an Kidd, Bob­by Charl­ton, De­nis Law, Ge­orge Best. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Rap­id Vi­enna Te­am: Ger­ald Fuchs­bichler, Ewald Ull­mann, Wal­ter Glech­ner, Wal­ter Gebhardt, Erich Fak, Rudi Flo­gel, Tom Son­der­gaard, Gun­ter Kal­ten­brun­ner, Leo­pold Grausam, Toni Fritsch, Johnny Bjer­regaard. Sub­stitutes: None.


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