As a Manchester United fan, I can not help but mention this match.
Perhaps one of the most remembered football matches of all time, the 1999 Champions League final took place on 26 May 1999. This is typically heralded as one of the greatest football comebacks of all time. The stats looked good for Manchester United; English Premier League teams have managed to reach seven of the last nine UEFA Champions League.
Bayern struck first
Manchester United played against Bayern Munich in an extremely close match where Munich struck first. After just 6 minutes of action, Mario Basler scored the first goal with a low free kick around the Man Utd wall.
Both teams had their chances to score, Basler the German team was able to hold off all attacks with the match entering extra time it seemed as though Manchester United was doomed to lose.
The injury time
The regular time is up; there’s only 3 minutes of injury time left. United won a corner kick. This is their chance to get the equalizer. Even the goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, is in Bayern’s penalty area. Beckham takes the kick, after a little tumbling in the box, the ball ends in Giggs, he shoots. But his shot was weak and went straight to Sheringham, who had been sent in during the second half, who swiped at the shot, and sent the ball in the net.
Less than 30 seconds after the subsequent kick-off, united won another corner kick, this time Schmeichel stayed in his penalty area under instruction from Alex Ferguson. Again Beckham takes the kick, finding the head of Sheringham, who sent the ball towards the goal, but ending at Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Another substitute, he reacted fast, pulled out a foot and put the ball in the net.
With football stars like David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and more on the 1999 squad they were able to create one of the most dramatic European cup finals ever recorded, securing the treble, after having won the Premier League, an the F.A. Cup.
Manchester United’s tenacity and ability to call back after such a deficit in a football game just goes to show that even though things may seem hopeless in your own life, there is always a way that you can come out on top.
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