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Wednesday, May 26, 1999 Published at 18:35 GMT 19:35 UK

Sport: Football

Half-time: Man Utd 0-1 Bayern Munich

Mario Basler's early goal has left United 1-0 behind

Half-time: Man Utd 0-1 Bayern Munich

A stunning free-kick from Mario Basler has given Bayern Munich a 1-0 half-time lead against Manchester United in the Champions' Cup final.

Mike Ingham: "Basler smashed a right-footed free-kick beyond Schmeichel"
For the fourth time in Europe this season, United fell behind to an early goal after Basler fired home from 25 yards - catching captain Peter Schmeichel off-guard.

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The set piece had been conceded after Jaap Stam collided with Carsten Jancker on the edge of the box.

Dwight Yorke then had his first chance of the game - after a Stam header ricocheted into his path, but the ball drifted just wide of Bayern's left-hand post.

It started a good period of play from United, with Bayern defending furiously.

[ image: Jesper Blomqvist: Surprise call-up]
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A well floated Beckham free-kick then put the German side under pressure again, but Lothar Matthaus headed the ball dead.

The game was undoubtedly favouring United, despite the early setback.

But Alexander Zickler looked threatening for Bayern up front and the counter-attack looked a possibility with United pushing up quickly at the back.

Nicky Butt then cleared up well in the box after a good run from Basler - but Bayern failed to make anything of the corner.

Andy Cole scuffed another half-chance on 35 minutes, before Beckham pulled United's third free-kick of the game to the left of captain Oliver Kahn's goal.

Man United: Schmeichel; G Neville, Johnsen, Stam, Irwin; Beckham, Butt, Giggs, Blomqvist; Cole, Yorke.

Bayern Munich: O Kahn; T Linke; L matthaus; S Kuffour; M Babbel; J Jeremies; S Effenberg; M Tarnat; M Basler; C Jancker; A Zickler.

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