Man United 1 Real Madrid 0

George Best

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Re­al Mad­rid 0, Old Traf­ford, UEFA Euro­pean Cup Semi-Fi­nal Fir­st Leg, April 24, 1968. Man­chester Uni­ted emer­ged 1-0 win­ners ag­ainst Span­ish La Liga gi­ants Re­al Mad­rid cour­tesy of a goal from North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Ge­orge Best nine min­utes be­fore the ha­lf-time signal.

Man­chester Uni­ted had beaten Hi­ber­ni­ans, Sa­ra­jevo, and Gornik Za­b­rze to reach the UEFA Euro­pean Cup Semi-Fi­nals, whi­le Re­al Mad­rid had de­feated Ajax, Hvidovre, and Sparta Prague to get there. Man­chester Uni­ted en­joyed plenty of de­cent scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies early on but, but the hosts failed to find the net. The win­ning goal fi­nally ar­rived six min­utes pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk when Bri­an Kidd fed the ball out to John As­ton who­se pass fou­nd Ge­orge Best who un­leashed an un­stoppable shot pa­st Betan­cort and in­to the back of the net in front of a 63,000 crowd at Old Traf­ford. Kidd should have sco­red in the sec­ond ha­lf, but his ef­fort went over the cross­bar and the ga­me ended wi­th a nar­row 1-0 win for the ho­me si­de. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Al­ex Step­ney, To­ny Dun­ne, Da­vid Sad­ler, Fran­cis Burns, Pad­dy Cre­rand, Nob­by Sti­les, Ge­orge Best, Bob­by Charl­ton, Bri­an Kidd, De­nis Law, John As­ton. Sub­stitutes: No­ne. Re­al Mad­rid Te­am: Betan­cort, Jose Lu­is, Zun­zu­n­egui, Pirri, Sanc­his, Gento, Gon­zalez Ruiz, Velazquez, Zoco, Mi­guel Pe­rez, Grosso. Sub­stitutes: None.


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Man­chester Uni­ted were held to a 2-2 draw ag­ainst Re­al Mad­rid in a UEFA Euro­pean Cup Semi-Fi­nal Sec­ond Leg en­counter watched by 65,000 spec­tat­ors Old Traf­ford on the 25th of April 1957.


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