Basler (6′) | Sheringham (90+1′), Solskjaer (90+3)
In 1999, the Nou Camp home of Spanish giants Barcelona witnessed a sensational comeback. The European Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Manchester United had been a pretty ordinary affair between the two sides with Manchester United beginning the match trailing 1-0. Their early goal deficit came in only the 6th minute of the game through a free kick taken by Bayern Munich attacker Mario Basler which ended up taking a deflection on the way in to beat goalkeeping super star Peter Schmeichel. After going behind United did start to control the possession of the game, however they failed to create any clear cut chances to score with the Bayern Munich defence staying well organised and dealing with any attacking play that United did create well. Through their good defence in the first half, Bayern Munich were able to create some excellent, dangerous counter attacking football that put Manchester United going behind further to destroy their dreams of achieving the treble. In the second half, Bayern did continue strong and created more chances to try and put themselves ahead in this fixture. They missed many chances to secure themselves the trophy through the likes of Mario Basler and a magnificent overhead kick by Carsten Jancker, but none of them were able to put the ball away. In the second half, realising something special would need to happen Sir Alex Ferguson played his final hand choosing to bring on strikers Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Both made immediate impacts making use of goal scoring chances but both still narrowly missing chances that they took. It came to injury time and Manchester United fans around the world could feel the Champions League trophy slipping away from them, however something extraordinary was about to happen. It started with a corner being conceded in the 90th minute after attacking play through the likes of Gary Neville and David Beckham. Beckham stepped up to take the corner with even Peter Schmeichel coming forward to help aid the United attack. Beckham sent the ball far into the mix in the box towards Schmeicel, however he was beaten to it by a Bayern defender who headed it into the path of Dwight Yorke, with the ball bouncing awkwardly he hit the ball towards Ryan Giggs. Giggs then shot the ball first time towards the bottom left of goal, Teddy Sheringham then put the final touch on the ball on the way in to slot the ball into the bottom left of the net giving Manchester United a hand on the trophy and the equaliser they needed. Manchester United carried on the momentum from that goal and started creating yet more attacking play. Bayern then conceded another corner after a Bayern defender blocked a cross into the box by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. David Beckham again stepped up to take the corner for Manchester United and quickly sent it into the box towards into the path of Sheringham in the box who headed it toward the back post into the path of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who then blasted the ball right into the top of the net to set off scenes of delirium in the Manchester United end. The word of commentators Clive Tyldesley summed up the moment perfectly, Manchester United had reached “The Promised Land”… they finally achieved the dream of that season, The Treble and made themselves the last winners of the Champions League in the 20th century.
I’m pretty certain in saying that this match is Sir Alex Ferguson’s true crowning moment in his managerial career.