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Willie Morgan

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Estu­di­antes de La Plata 1, Old Traf­ford Sta­dium, UEFA/CONMEBOL In­ter­con­tin­ent­al Cup Sec­ond Leg, Oct­ober 16, 1968. Af­ter suf­fer­ing a nar­row 1-0 de­feat ag­ainst Estu­di­antes in Buenos Aires in the fir­st leg, Matt Busby´s Man­chester Uni­ted si­de could on­ly man­age a 1-1 draw in Man­chester in a ga­me where Geor­gie Best and Jose Hugo Med­ina were bo­th han­ded their march­ing or­ders by Yugo­slavian ref­er­ee Kon­stantin Zecevic. 

One could hardly ima­gine a sharp­er con­trast than that be­tween Matt Busby´s all-out at­tack­ing style and the slow paced foot­ball played by Estu­di­antes de La Plata. Ju­an Ra­mon Ver­on, the fath­er of Ju­an Se­basti­an Ver­on who was la­ter to play for Man­chester Uni­ted, han­ded The Rat Stab­bers an early lead when the La Plata born mid­fielder head­ed a well de­livered free-kick from Raul Ma­dero pa­st Old Traf­ford goal­keeper Al­ex Step­ney and in­to the back of the net af­ter six min­utes of ac­tion. In the sec­ond ha­lf of the tie, Os­valdo Zubeldía´s play­ers used every little dirty trick in the book to frus­trate the ho­me te­am, and as the tem­per­at­ure rose on the pitch, Geor­gie Best and Jose Hugo Med­ina were bo­th sent off in the 89th min­ute of the tussle af­ter fight­ing wi­th each oth­er. But wi­th a min­ute re­maining of the mat­ch, Man­chester Uni­ted fi­nally fou­nd the tar­get when a Pad­dy Cre­rand free-kick fou­nd sum­mer sign­ing Wil­lie Mor­gan who pla­ced a clo­se ran­ge shot pa­st Estu­di­antes cus­todi­an Al­berto Jose Po­letti and in­to the goal, and just a few sec­onds la­ter Bri­an Kidd had the ball in the net, on­ly for Kon­stantin Ze­cevic to claim he had blown for time. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, To­ny Dun­ne, Shay Bren­nan, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Bill Foulk­es, Da­vid Sad­ler, Wil­lie Mor­gan, Bri­an Kidd, Bob­by Charl­ton, De­nis Law, Ge­orge Best. Sub­sti­tute: Carlo Sar­tori. Estu­di­antes de La Plata Te­am: Al­berto Jose Po­letti, Raul Ma­dero, Ra­mon Aguirre Suarez, Oscar Mal­bernat, Jose Hugo Med­ina, Car­los Bil­ardo, Car­los Pachame, Nestor Tog­neri, Fe­lipe Rib­audo, Mar­cos Co­nigli­aro, Ju­an Ra­mon Ver­on. Sub­sti­tute: Ju­an Echecopar.


Willie Morgan Quickfacts

Af­ter join­ing Man­chester Uni­ted from Burn­ley in Au­gust 1968, Wil­lie Mor­gan would go on to score 34 goals in 296 ga­mes for The Reds be­fore he re­turned to Turf Moor in the sum­mer of 1975.


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