European Cup quarter-final
06/02/1957, Maine Road

(Viollet 41, Taylor 70, Berry 84)


Aggregate: 5-3

United: Wood; Foulkes, Byrne; Colman, Jones, Edwards; Berry, Whelan, Taylor, Viollet, Pegg.

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07/03/2012 17:24, Report by A Marshall & S Bibby

Video: Athletic Club 1957

United roared past Athletic Club in the 1957 European Cup with a 3-0 win wiping out the 5-3 deficit from the first leg in Spain.

Matt Busby's side were cheered on by 50,000 fans at Maine Road under the floodlights and achieved an improbable comeback against the highly-fancied Basque visitors.

The breakthrough came courtesy of Dennis Viollet, who opened the scoring four minutes before the break when a Duncan Edwards shot deflected into his path. The lift enabled United to attack with even more conviction in the second half and, after two efforts were disallowed for offside, Tommy Taylor hit a post.

Seconds later, Taylor did haul the Reds level by firing an Eddie Colman free-kick past Carmelo Cedrun and a replay in Paris appeared to be on the cards. But the onslaught continued and, with six minutes remaining, the tireless Taylor set up Johnny Berry for a right-footed finish to make it 6-5 on aggregate.

The Daily Express described it as 'the greatest victory in soccer history' as, coming a year to the day before the Munich disaster, the Babes showed their class. Watch rare archived footage from the match, courtesy of MUTV.


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