Outrageous feint in Real Madrid’s Champions League clash
On April 9, 2000, Manchester United were the ones who decided the fate of their Champions League semi-final berth. Manchester United, the reigning winners of the trophy, struggled with Real Madrid in the return match. The Madrid side drew 0-0 at home.
To get a dose of nostalgia, let’s just remember the lineups
MJ was playing the traditional 4-4-2 at the time. And was looking for a replacement for Peter Schmeichel, who left the club at the end of the 1998/1999 season. So it was Raymond van der Gau who played in goal. At least the usual foursome of defenders was on the right: Gary Neville, Henning Berg, Jaap Stam, Dennis Irvine. In the center of the field – Roy Keane and Paul Scholes. On the flanks – David “Not yet superstar” Beckham and Ryan Giggs. The pair of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole in the attack.
A very young Iker Casillas played in goal for Real Madrid. In defence: Michel Salgado, Ivan Campo, Aitar Karanka, Roberto Carlos. In midfield: Steve McManaman, Fernando Redondo, Ivan Elguera and Savio. The strikers were one below the other: Raul and Fernando Morientes.
It turned out to be very dramatic. “Real Madrid came not to defend but to finish and by the 53rd minute had already scored three unanswered goals. Keane cut the ball into his own net, and Raul knocked in a double. “Manchester” rebounded and scored two return goals, but it was not enough.
However, the match went down in history not so much by the number of goals as by Redondo’s mockingly simple and cunning feint. The Real Madrid captain declassified Berg and rolled a pass to Raul for his third goal.