Wednesday, September 16, 1998 Published at 22:02 GMT 23:02 UK
Barcelona refuse to lie down at Old Trafford
Giovanni celebrates while Roy keane looks on
Manchester United 3 Barcelona 3
Manchester United had midfielder Nicky Butt sent off and conceded a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Barcelona.
Alex Ferguson described Mr Braschi as "a real shocker" but admitted United were overrun by Barcelona in the second half.
A frustrated Ferguson said the decision to send off Butt was a bad decision.
But he said: "We just lost impetus and we lost our gameplan and our shape. I'm quite happy with the result at the end of day because we could have lost."
It had all started so well for United. David Beckham and Ryan Giggs ran rings round Barcelona in the first half and the Red Devils surged into an effortless 2-0 lead.
In the 10th minute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was denied by the woodwork after latching onto a Giggs cross.
Six minutes later Beckham beat Sergi for pace down the right and his deep cross found Giggs, who headed superbly past Ruud Hesp.
Overhead kick deserved a goal
In the 24th minute Beckham sent over another great cross and Dwight Yorke connected with an overhead kick, which Hesp parried and Enrique tapped into the path of Paul Scholes who buried the ball from eight yards.
Schmeichel made a point-blank save from Sonny Anderson two minutes before the break but in the 47th minute the Brazilian made amends.
Rivaldo ran at the United defence and when the ball broke to Anderson, he fired home.
United brought on Butt for Solskjaer in a bid to stem the tide but in the 58th minute the visitors levelled the tie from the penalty spot.
Jaap Stam was harshly adjudged to have fouled Rivaldo and Giovanni netted the spot kick.
Beckham has echoes of France 98
Barcelona were not finished though and Anderson hit the post in the 70th minute and from the ensuing scramble Butt handled on the line. The England midfielder headed for the Old Trafford dressing room as Enrique despatched the penalty.
United were forced to hang on for a point at the end of this rollercoaster match but Alex Ferguson will be cheered by news of Bayern Munich's defeat in Group D's other match in Denmark.
Teams: Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Irwin, Stam, Beckham, Giggs, Keane, Scholes, Yorke, Solskjaer, Berg. Subs: Van Der Gouw, May, Butt, Cole, Sheringham, P. Neville, Blomqvist.
Barcelona: Hesp, Reiziger, Abelardo, Figo, Anderson, Giovanni, Rivaldo, Sergi, Cocu, Luis Enrique, Zenden. Subs: Baia, Oscar, Ciric, Okunowo, Roger, Xavi.