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Wednesday, April 21, 1999 Published at 22:52 GMT 23:52 UK

Sport: Football

United return in triumph

Roy Keane's crucial goal got United back into match

Juventus 2-3 Man Utd (aggregate 3-4)

Manchester United fans jubilantly welcomed their team home after a sensational victory over Juventus to reach the European Cup final for the first time in 31 years.

A delighted United fan tells the BBC how "we fought back and never gave up"
United staged a thrilling comeback to sink the Italians and rekindle memories of their 1968 European triumph.

They are also the first English club in 14 years to reach the final.

Bobby Charlton, a hero of 1968, paid tribute to the team, and said: "Everybody was fantastic tonight.

Bobby Charlton: "They've been fantastic our players"
"Who would have thought after two down we'd come back like that?"

United were 2-0 down after 11 minutes, when Juve's Filippo Inzaghi scored twice during the second leg of their Turin semi-final.

But with 34 minutes gone, Alex Ferguson's men was ahead on away goals, after Roy Keane and Dwight Yorke both scored.

After withstanding the Italian side's pressure through the second half, Andy Cole sealed their success with only seven minutes to go.

The BBC's Mike Ingham: "United made an amazing fightback"
United's only long-term setbacks were bookings to midfielders Keane and Paul Scholes, which will rule both out of the final against Bayern Munich next month.

But in the short-term, the loss of injured player Ryan Giggs was a blow. He was not even fit enough to take a place on the bench.

[ image: Yorke celebrates his goal]
Yorke celebrates his goal
Matters worsened for United when Inzaghi scored his first goal after just six minutes, when the Italian side won a corner.

His second goal was a shot from the Juventus left, which deflected off Jaap Stam and looped over United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

But United edged back into the running during the 24th minute, when poor marking enabled Keane to score a header past Angelo Peruzzi.

The equaliser came 10 minutes after United's first goal, as Yorke met Cole's right wing cross with his head to beat Peruzzi with ease.

Juventus changes at half-time

Half-time saw Juventus making the first changes as Paolo Montero replaced Mark Juliano and striker Nicola Amoruso came on to provide Inzaghi with a strike partner.

[ image: Edgar Davids looks to go past Roy Keane]
Edgar Davids looks to go past Roy Keane
Inzaghi had the ball in the net again at 61 minutes, but a linesman's flag correctly denied him his hat-trick.

Substitute Scholes came on for Jesper Blomqvist and received a yellow card for a two-footed challenge, with a quarter of an hour remaining.

[ image: Inzaghi's first strike as Neville struggles]
Inzaghi's first strike as Neville struggles
Uruguayan striker Daniel Fonseca was the next new arrival, but his first touch was to clear a Cole header off the line at a corner.

The South American almost created a goal with his second touch as his cutback was missed by everyone in the box.

Yorke was brought down by Peruzzi but the referee played the advantage and Cole was able to run through and tap the ball into an empty net.

Juventus: Peruzzi, Ferrara, Di Livio, Conte, Inzaghi, Iuliano, Deschamps, Birindelli, Pessotto, Zidane, Davids. Subs: Rampulla, Montero, Fonseca, Amoruso, Tudor.

Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Irwin, Johnsen, Stam, Beckham, Butt, Blomqvist, Keane, Yorke, Cole. Subs: Van Der Gouw, May, Sheringham, P. Neville, Scholes.

Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)

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