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Wednesday, March 18, 1998 Published at 22:29 GMT

Sport: Football

Monaco silence Old Trafford
image: [ David Trezeguet is congratulated by his team mates after scoring at Old Trafford ]
David Trezeguet is congratulated by his team mates after scoring at Old Trafford

Manchester United have been knocked out of the European Cup after drawing with Monaco 1-1 at Old Trafford.

Monaco qualify on the away goal rule after the first leg ended in a 0-0 draw.

The game started well for United, with David Beckham finding Andy Cole who chested the ball down, only for Franck Dumas to block his shot.

[ image: David Trezeguet scores the vital goal]
David Trezeguet scores the vital goal
But the moment United feared came after five minutes when Monaco scored an early goal.

Gary Neville cleared the ball unsucessfully to Monaco's Ali Benarbia who fed David Trezeguet. He fired the ball past United's reserve keeper, Raimond van der Gouw, from just inside the area.

It left United needing to score twice to win.

Monaco then continued to threaten United who seemed stunned by the early setback.

Martin Djetou was on hand to head away Nicky Butt's ball after he had been released by Denis Irwin.

A minute later Benarbia found Trezeguet racing through again, but he was stopped by Phil Neville.

On the half hour, John Collins was shown the yellow card for a foul on Beckham, which means he will miss the semi-final first leg.

Two minutes later, United reshuffled their defence when they replaced their captain, Gary Neville, with Henning Berg.

Beckham then almost hauled United back into the tie with a free-kick just before half-time. The England midfielder curled the ball just past Fabien Barthez's far post from 25 yards out.

Fightback not enough

It had been a bad 45 minutes for United supporters, but events soon began to turn their way.

After half-time, Michael Clegg came on for Paul Scholes and Phil Neville pushed into midfield.

[ image: Monaco's Ali Benarbia, left, moves the ball as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends]
Monaco's Ali Benarbia, left, moves the ball as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends
It gave United the impetus they badly needed and after 35 minutes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer equalised to bring the score back to 1-1.

Franck Dumas fouled Nicky Butt for a penalty, but the referee Helmut Krug played the advantage and Beckham crossed the ball back in for the Norwegian to score his ninth goal of the season.

On the hour, the Monaco coach, Jean Tigana, replaced Ikpeba with the Champions' League's leading scorer, Thierry Henry.

Tigana made a further change after 66 minutes, when he brought on Stephane Carnot for Benarbia, who had gone off the boil in the second half.

Despite the increased effort and fine second half performance, time simply ran out for United.

Two minutes into injury time, Beckham was awarded a free-kick. But when it sailed over the bar, United's dream of European glory went with it.

Results from other quarter-final matches:

Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich 0 (agg 1-0)
Kiev 1 Juventus 4 (2-5)
Real Madrid 3 Leverkusen 0 (4-1)

The semi-final qualifiers are Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Real Madrid. The draw takes place on Friday.


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