Juventus 2 Man United 3

Roy Keane

Ju­ventus 2 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, Sta­dio Delle Alpi, UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Semi-Fi­nal Sec­ond Leg, April 21, 1999. Af­ter be­ing held to 1-1 draw in the fir­st leg at Old Traf­ford two weeks earli­er, Man­chester Uni­ted pro­gressed to the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Fi­nal in Bar­celona af­ter com­ing from two goals down to be­at Serie A si­de Ju­ventus 3-2 in the sec­ond leg in Turin.

Re­pub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Roy Ke­ane prob­ably played one of his best mat­ches for Man­chester Uni­ted when the strong run­ning mid­field com­batant skippered his te­am to vic­tory ag­ainst Ju­ventus in April 1999. The Old Lady went in front fol­low­ing a mere six min­utes of ac­tion as Fil­ippo In­zaghi con­ver­ted a cross ball  from Zi­ned­ine Zid­ane, and the Azzurri in­ter­na­tion­al sco­red ag­ain just four min­utes la­ter when he fired a shot which de­flec­ted off Jaap Stam and flew over Uni­ted goal­keeper Pe­ter Schmei­chel and in­to the net. But Man­chester Uni­ted struck back as the om­ni­present Ke­ane head­ed ho­me a well taken flag kick from Da­vid Beck­ham on 24th min­utes be­fore Dwight Yorke nod­ded a cross from strik­ing part­ner Andy Cole pa­st Ju­ventus cus­todi­an An­gelo Per­uzzi and in­to the goal in the 34th min­ute of the tussle to make it 2-2. The hosts plunged in­to at­tack fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion of the con­test, and In­zaghi once ag­ain had the ball in the net a min­ute pa­st the hour ma­rk, but the goal was dis­al­lowed for off­side by Swiss mat­ch of­fi­cial Urs Mei­er. The Itali­ans searched des­per­ately for a win­ning goal dur­ing the clos­ing sta­ges of the tie, but in­stead it was Man­chester Uni­ted who sco­red what turned out to be the win­ner when Cole fou­nd the tar­get from clo­se ran­ge wi­th five min­utes re­maining of the battle in Tur­in. Un­for­tu­nately, Roy Ke­ane, who tried to be every­where at once, and mid­field col­league Paul Scho­les were bo­th book­ed dur­ing the en­counter wi­th Ju­ventus, and they would bo­th miss the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Fi­nal ag­ainst Bundes­liga club Bay­ern Mu­nich. Ju­ventus Te­am: An­gelo Per­uzzi, Ciro Fer­rara, Ma­rk Iuli­ano, Aless­andro Birindel­li, An­tonio Conte, Edgar Dav­ids, Didi­er Deschamps, An­gelo Di Li­vio, Zi­ned­ine Zid­ane, Gi­an­luca Pess­otto, Fil­ippo In­zaghi. Sub­stitutes: Dan­iel Fon­seca, Nic­ola Amor­uso, Paolo Montero, Ig­or Tu­dor, Michelan­gelo Ram­pulla. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, Ga­ry Ne­ville, De­nis Ir­win, Jaap Stam, Ronny John­sen, Da­vid Beck­ham, Jes­per Blom­qv­ist, Nicky Butt, Roy Ke­ane, An­drew Cole, Dwight Yorke. Sub­sti­tute: Teddy Sher­ing­ham, Phil Ne­ville, Paul Scho­les, Da­vid May, Rai­mond van der Gouw.


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