UEFA Champions League
Group D, Matchday Six
Nou Camp, Barcelona
25 November, 1998
FC BARCELONA 3
(Anderson 1; Rivaldo 57, 73)
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Yorke 25, 68; Cole 53)
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"The two 3-3 draws with Barcelona might not be cited in any coaching manual dealing with defensive play," said Alex Ferguson, his knighthood still seven months away. "But their openness and positive spirit made for wonderful entertainment."
The boss’s reflections were spot on. The scoring started after only 49 seconds when Anderson fired the hosts in front. But Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke were right in the mood, and the latter equalised on 25 minutes.
Yorke then turned provider for partner Cole, who, early in the second half, coolly finished a slick interchange between the two. To the delight of the home support, Rivaldo curled home a free kick to make it 2-2, before Beckham set up Yorke to head United’s third, only for the Brazilian to level again with a stunning overhead kick.
So another neutrals’ dream – and, for the Reds, yet another Camp Nou night to savour.
United: Schmeichel; G Neville, Brown, Stam, Irwin; Beckham (Butt 82), Scholes, Keane, Blomqvist; Cole, Yorke