30 November 1999
National Stadium, Tokyo
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 (Keane 35)
United: Bosnich; G Neville, Stam, Silvestre, Irwin; Beckham, Butt, Keane, Scholes (Sheringham 75), Giggs; Solskjaer (Yorke 46)
Palmeiras: Marcos; Arce, Junior Baiano, Roque Junior, Junior; Alex, Cesar Sampaio, Galeano (Evair 54), Zinho; Asprilla (Oseas 56), Paulo Nunes (Euller 77)
The 1999 Intercontinental Cup pitted United, champions of Europe, against Copa America winners Palmeiras from Brazil.
Played in Tokyo in front of 53,372 fans, the game wasn’t a classic by United standards. Indeed, goalkeeper Mark Bosnich was forced to make a number of fine saves and could easily have been named Man of the Match (Ryan Giggs was given this accolade... and a set of keys for a brand new car).
Bosnich may have performed heroics in the Reds goal, but it was captain Roy Keane who did the damage at the other end, arriving at the back post on 35 minutes to volley home Giggs’ superb left-wing cross.
It was fitting that Keane, who was as influential as anybody in propelling the Reds to glory in 1999 but then had to miss the Champions League final through suspension, should play such a big role in this success. To watch from the sidelines in Barcelona while his team-mates celebrated perhaps the greatest moment in the club’s history must have hurt. In Tokyo, though, he finally got his happy ending.