Man United 1 Estudiantes 1
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.