Competition: UEFA Cup, First Round, Second Leg.
CS Maritimo: Nelson Vasco; Dinda (Santos, then Gaucho), Zeca, Sergio, Albertino Alves, Van Der Gaag; Bruguel, Quim, Bruno (Andre Nelis); Lino, Kenedy. Unused Subs: Pozzo, Alan, Musa Arriola.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Referee: Stefano Farina (
A crowd of 38,125 were on hand to cheer United to victory in
the second leg of the UEFA Cup against Maritimo at
There was a welcome return to the United midfield of Eirik Bakke and Olivier Dacourt for Gary Kelly and Stephen McPhail and it proved to be the catalyst for United to get the job done and complete a relatively comfortable passage into the second round. First half goals from Robbie Keane and Harry Kewell had put O'Leary's boys at ease and when Eirik Bakke tapped in just after the break it allowed players and fans alike to relax and enjoy another Euro party. United must have fancied their chances of glory too as they once again proved that, when fit, they have a first eleven brimming full of quality to rival any on the continent. There were no frills, just a professional display from a team which had the look of a side determined to set the ball rolling on yet another glorious European run.
The return of midfielder Olivier Dacourt was the key to United's victory as he teamed up in a midfield engine room that was also strengthened by the return of Eirik Bakke. Both had been injured for the first leg of the tie and this performance proved just how badly they were missed. David Batty was once again strutting around the park with an air of superiority about him that can only spell danger for the opposition. And it was he who set up the opening goal after twenty minutes. United had already lived dangerously when a forty yard free-kick from Brazilian Dinda had almost caught out Nigel Martyn who then had to be alert to block the rebound from Ferraz Quim. David Batty produced the tenacity as he chased back forty yards to win a tackle just inside his half and then he provided the quality as he chipped the perfect delivery over the defence into Robbie Keane's path. Keane, who has not had much luck in front of goal this season, then delivered the brilliance as he guided the ball down into his path with a nifty clip of the boot and chest control and fired a perfect strike across the keeper and into the far corner.
then turned provider for David Batty as the veteran midfielder fired a low
drive from the edge of the box which Nelson Vasco saved at the second attempt
and Olivier Dacourt turned on the edge of the box
before firing a left foot effort just over the bar.
Minutes before the break Ian Harte almost gave the home side some breathing space as his forty-five-yard free-kick deflected off a Maritimo defender and looked to be looping into the bottom corner but Nelson Vasco managed to save it, by clawing the ball away down to his left. At 2-1 the tie was never safe for United and they were warned of just how slender their lead was when Sergio burst through and shot straight at Nigel Martyn just after the break. Within thirty minutes left on the clock the Maritimo coach decided to chase the game to get the vital away goal that might have changed the complexion of the tie. He changed his team around to plat two strikers and two wingers. No sooner had he switch formation than Robbie Keane almost gave United that extra cushion in the sixty-second minute, as he chased a neat ball from David Batty, but as he chipped his effort over Nelson Vasco the ball dropped just wide.
was only a prelude to Unitedís deciding third goal. A
minute later, it was Robbie Keane's ball which found Harry Kewell
on the left hand edge of the box. The Aussie struck a low effort goal-wards
that Nelson Vasco spilled and Eirik Bakke was on hand to side-foot the rebound into the empty
net and United were well and truly looking foe new venues for their latest
European adventure. Maritimoís heads dropped to their
Robbie Keane scores the first goal
Robbie Keane celebrates his goal with Harry Kewell†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††Eirik Bakke salutes the third goal
Harry Kewell celebrates scoring the second goal with Robbie Keane
Confrontation after Danny Mills flattened Daniel Kenedy
Olivier Dacourt shoots for goal
Olivier Dacourt strides through the midfield
†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell and Eirik Bakke were the United goalscorers
Gary Kelly and Stephen McPhail made way for Olivier Dacourt and goalscorer Eirik Bakke††††††† ††††††††††††††††††Mark Viduka crossed for the second goal
Nigel Martyn was
always alert†††††††††††††††††† David
Batty strutted the midfield††††††††††††††††††††
Ian Harte was close††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††Adelino Augusto Lopes aka Lino came into the defence††††††††† ††††††Javier Martin Musa was an unused substitute