- Manchester United vs Bayern Munich – Champions League
Manchester United’s comeback against Bayern Munich in the 1999 final is one of the best in the history of the Champions League. The title came on the day late Sir Matt Busby, who was the only Reds’ manager to win the European Cup 31 years ago, would have celebrated his 90th birthday.
Bayern took the lead through Mario Basler’s 25-yard wonder-strike after five minutes from the start. Throughout the match, United threatened to equalize, but they failed to make any clear chances to score. On the other hand, Bayern came close to double their lead on several occasions, twice hitting the woodwork. Bayern defended desperately as match progressed towards the 90 minute mark. It all looked over for United as three minutes of stoppage time were added. But these three minutes turned out to be one of the craziest ones in football history.
Substitute Teddy Sheringham equalized in the 91st minute of the game, after United had won a corner. It looked like United had been saved by that goal, and the match was heading towards extra time with the English fans relieved. But after two minutes, i.e. the last minute of added time, United struck again through another corner. Sheringham headed the ball straight into another substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who guided the ball into the roof of the net.
From 1-0 down at 90, United struck twice in stoppage time to win their second ever Champions League title. Bayern had only themselves to blame as they had one hand on the trophy after leading in the final for 85 minutes. Sir Alex Ferguson, after the thrilling victory, said, “This is the greatest moment of my life.”