Man Utd 2 Bayern Munich 1
Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1, Camp Nou, UEFA Champions League Final, May 26,1999. The 1999 Champions League Final turned out to be one of the most memorable matches in history as Manchester United beat Bayern Munich before a crowd of 90,000 spectators at the Camp Nou. After being 1-0 down at the half-time break, United came back to win the clash 2-1 courtesy of goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In the previous encounter between Manchester United and Bayern Munich on the 9th of December 1998, the two clubs had played out an evenly contested 1-1 Champions League Group Stage draw at The Theatre of Dreams, and the Champions League Final in Barcelona was regarded as a wide open affair. The Mancunians were missing midfielders Roy Keane and Paul Scholes due to suspensions, while Norwegian defender Henning Berg also missed out because of an injury problem. The Olympic Stadium team, for their part, had to make do without the playing services of Brazilian forward Elber and French defender Bixente Lizarazu who were both sidelined with knee injuries. A mere six minutes into the game at the Camp Nou, Franz Beckenbauer´s Bayern Munich were awarded a free-kick which former Werder Bremen wingman Mario Basler subsequently powered past Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and into the far bottom corner of the net to hand The Bavarians an early 1-0 lead. In the 15th minute of the action packed match, however, Andy Cole was presented with a golden opportunity to level the score for United, but the England international striker failed to find the target. Sir Alex Ferguson´s men came close again nine minutes later when a sixty-yard pass from David Beckham found Cole inside the penalty box, only for his effort to be blocked by Die Mannschaft defender Markus Babbel. Despite relentless attack from Manchester United, the stubborn Bayern Munich defence held firm and managed to keep the opposition at bay for the remainder of the first period.
Ottmar Hitzfeld´s players started the second half of the contest in a more determined way and Carsten Jancker almost added a second goal for the Germans in the 46th minute as the frontman managed to squeeze through a shot which Schmeichel did well do parry out for a corner. As the Champions League Final wore on, Manchester United produced several goal scoring opportunities, but the advantage remained with Bayern Munich who nearly doubled their lead when the omnipresent Jancker hit the crossbar in the 83rd minute of the contest. Then, in the very last minute of normal time, a flag kick from Beckham eventually found Jesper Blomquist replacement Teddy Sheringham who managed to equalise as he put the ball past Bayern Munich shot stopper Oliver Kahn and into the bottom corner of the net. And, with just a few seconds left of the clash, the irrepressible Sheringham headed yet another Beckham corner onto fellow substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who struck home from inside the six-yard area to give his beloved Manchester United a historic triumph over the Bundesliga giants. Widely regarded as one of the best finishers of all time in the Premier League, Solskjaer proceeded to produce 126 first class goals in 366 appearances for United before he decided to hang up his goal scoring boots in August 2007. He later went on to manage Norwegian Premier League club Molde and Vincent Tan´s Cardiff City before he was appointed head coach of Manchester United in December 2018. Manchester United Team: Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Ronny Johnsen, Jaap Stam, Denis Irwin, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Jesper Blomqvist, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole. Substitutes: David May, Phil Neville, Wes Brown, Jonathan Greening, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Raimond van der Gouw. Bayern Munich Team: Oliver Kahn, Markus Babbel, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Thomas Linke, Mario Basler, Stefan Effenberg, Jens Jeremies, Lothar Matthaus, Michael Tarnat, Carsten Jancker, Alexander Zickler. Substitutes: Hasan Salihamidzic, Thomas Helmer, Mehmet Scholl, Thomas Strunz, Thorsten Fink, Ali Daei, Bernd Dreher.