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"Their frantic chasing of the game was distinctly out of character"
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Wednesday, 19 April, 2000, 21:10 GMT 22:10 UK
Man Utd wrecked by Real
Yorke did not get much change out of Karanka
Man Utd 2-3 Real Madrid
(Aggregate 2-3)

Real Madrid left Manchester United's Champions League dreams in tatters, with a superb display of attacking football at Old Trafford.

The Spaniards marched into the semi-final at the expense of the defending champions, thanks to two wonderful strikes from Raul Gonzalez and an early own goal from captain Roy Keane.

You have to accept it, the best team won on the night.

Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson
David Beckham's brilliant individual goal midway through the second half and Paul Scholes' late penalty were too little too late.

Victory completed a Spanish double over English sides, following Barcelona's thrashing of Chelsea on Tuesday. Spain has three of the four Champions League semi-finalists.

It was United's first home defeat in 16 months, but they have the consolation of the English Premiership, which should be sealed soon.

Raul is brought down by Henning Berg
After a 0-0 draw in the first leg two weeks ago, both sides started positively, with Ryan Giggs firing wide from distance, seconds after the start.

Real entered the match badly needing a goal and they showed immediate intent, with Roberto Carlos and Raul causing immediate problems.

Real should have gone ahead in only the 13th minute, when Carlos found Fernando Morientes free inside the United area.

Hesitation cost him dearly and Raimond Van Der Gouw got down well to prevent the early goal.

The pace of the match was immense and it took United time to settle down.

Carlos was gifted another opportunity when Neville hit a poor backpass, but again Van Der Gouw looked confident.

Disaster strikes

Then disaster struck and Old Trafford was silenced when Keane played the ball into the back of his own net.

Morientes hit a fine ball through to Ivan Helguera and Keane, backtracking, beat his own 'keeper at the near post.

Everyone expected us to get beaten, so it's nice to come here and turn the tables.

Real's Steve McManaman
The goal woke United up and both Dwight Yorke and Giggs came close with strikes from behind the Real defence.

Keane then came within inches of making amends for his early mistake, but Iker Casillas stood his ground well to again keep the home side out.

Irwin injured

Mikael Silvestre replaced Denis Irwin after the break, with the Irishman suffering from a hamstring injury.

But Real came out firing and virtually guaranteed their place in the semi-finals with two goals in as many minutes.

United had pushed forward in search of the all-important goal, but Steve McManaman cleared quickly, finding Raul in open space.

The Real striker pushed the ball around Silvestre and fired a wonderful curling shot past Van Der Gouw. Seconds later - after Keane had missed an open goal at the other end - he added a sublime third.

Dwight Yorke failed to find the net
Redondo, wide on the left, flicked the ball past Neville with his back foot in a display of sheer class. The United defence was caught sleeping and Raul side-footed into the net unopposed.

All seemed lost for United, until Beckham, who had looked a shadow of himself all evening, brought his side back into the game with a brilliant individual effort.

Dribbling the ball past three Real shirts, he moved onto his right foot, before firing an awesome shot past Casillas to offer United a glint of hope.

Both managers then made a host of substitutions, Nicolas Anelka replaced Morientes for Real and last year's treble heroes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham replaced Andy Cole and Henning Berg for United.

With the home side continuing to push forward, there was still hope and when McManaman brought Keane down in the area, the referee immediately pointed to the spot.

Scholes made no mistake, rifling the ball into the top right-hand corner.

With just one-minute of normal time left, United still needed two more goals to secure their entry into the next round.

It ultimately proved too much for the current European title-holders, who were left ruing a dismal defensive display in the second-period.


Man Utd: Van Der Gouw, G. Neville, Stam, Berg, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Yorke, Cole. Subs: Culkin, Butt, Sheringham, P. Neville, Cruyff, Solskjaer, Silvestre.

Real Madrid: Casillas, Salgado, Karanka, Campo, Carlos, McManaman, Redondo, Helguera, Savio, Raul, Morientes. Subs: Illgner, Dorado, Anelka, Baljic, Geremi, Karembeu, Julio Cesar.

Referee: Perluigi Collina (Italy)

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