Venue: Estadio dos Barreiros,
Competition: UEFA Cup, First Round, First Leg.
Score: CS Maritimo 1
Scorers: CS Maritimo: Bruno.
CS Maritimo: Nelson Vasco; Dinda (Joel), Zeca, Sergio, Albertino Alves, Andre (Alan); Bruguel, Quim (Gaucho), Bruno; Van Der Gaag, Kenedy. Unused Subs: Lino, Musa, Arriola, Joel, Gilmar.
Referee: Jack Van Hulton (
While it was gratifying to see United looking down on the
challengers, they had not really dominated any game in the season so far and
were not playing the free flowing football that made them such an entertaining
team to watch in the run in to the previous season. This was apparent when,
instead of beating minnows Maritimo in the UEFA Cup,
It was a major upset, as
the underdogs, Maritimo from
The preparation for the game was anything but perfect as just after ten minutes in the air on the original flight to Madeira, the flight was recalled and had to return to the Leeds and Bradford Airport upon hearing UEFA’s decision to postpone all European games in the wake of the September 11th attack by terrorists on the Twin Towers in New York. Therefore the game was put back a week and when the game was played United were unexplanably subdued and little appetite for the game.
In the whole match United
showed little in the way of urgency or creativity. Possibly, United should
prove too strong when the two teams were to meet again at
Maritimo found the net in the thirty-fourth minute although scorer ‘Bruno’ Fernandes could not have known too much about it. He floated in a free-kick from forty yards but it missed the targeted head of defender Mitchell Van der Gaag and dropped limply into the far corner of the net past the unsighted Nigel Martyn, who should have done better. It sent the home fans wild and sewed the first seeds that perhaps there was a real shock on the cards. The home side should have doubled their lead minutes later as Danny Mills hesitated in clearing a hopeful long ball out of defence from Maritimo, Nigel Martyn stayed on his line and Quim nipped in between the two but his effort went high over the bar from six yards out. Nigel Martyn did manage to save a free-kick from Andre in the thirty-seventh minute and even though Ian Harte saw a free-kick acrobatically palmed away by Nelson Vasco, it was the home side that finished the half in the ascendancy.
If manager David O’Leary
had words of wisdom in the half-time break they were not heeded as United just
seemed to have nothing to offer as the second half progressed. Little changed
when Jason Wilcox was brought on in place of Stephen McPhail
just before the hour and it was still the Portuguese who looked most likely to
score as Quim powered a left-foot shot across goal
that Nigel Martyn beat away with a great save. Jason
Wilcox took on the left-wing role as Harry Kewell
moved into a more central role alongside David Batty and it was the former
saw a late effort dribble wide of the target and Robbie Keane, making his
European debut for United, missed a last-minute opportunity which maybe he should
have scored as David Batty put him through on goal, but it was Maritimo who had the final say as ‘Alan’ Da Costa burst through the middle and, as the defence opened up in front of him, he only had Nigel Martyn to beat but fired his effort high over the bar.
Maybe United should have counted their blessings that the damage was not even
greater and that they had the chance to fight another day in
Maritimo players celebrate their goal Robbie Keane holds off Quim David Batty battles in midfield
Ian Harte watches as Stephen McPhail gets past Andre Moriero David Batty grapples with Daniel Kenedy as Rio Ferdinand and
Nigel Martyn look on
Harry Kewell takes on the Maritimo defence
Ian Harte chases Andre Moriero David Batty battles with Daniel Kenedy
Bruno Fernandez scored the winner David Batty was Stephen McPhail was booked Ian Harte saw a fine save from his free-kick
Nigel Martyn made several fine saves Danny Mills had a looping header Jason Wilcox replaced
Robbie Keane maybe Harry Kewell moved into central midfield Mark Viduka was just wide late on
should have scored
Nelson Vasco was in the Maritimo goal Albertino Eloi Jesus Vieira Alves and Paulo Sergio Silva, were in the Maritimo defence
as were Nuno Miguel P. Sousa aka Briguel, Mitchell Van Der Gaag Daniel Kenedy and Joaquim Miguel Leitao aka Quim
Jailton Dos Santos aka Dinda, Jose Antonio Goncalves Da Silva aka Zeco, Andre Moreira and Bruno Marcelo Pereira Fernandes were in midfield
Eric Freire Gomes aka Gaucho, Alan Osorio da Costa Silva and Joel Santos were substitutes