Competition: European Cup First Round Second Leg.
VfB Stuttgart: †Immel; Schafer, Frontzeck; Dubajic, Strunz, Buchwald; Buck, Sverrisson, Walter (Knup), Gaudino (Simanic), Kogel. Not used: Golke, Trautner, Strehmel.
Referee: Kim Milton Neilsen (
European Cup football
United were really pumped up for action and a glance at the team sheet showed manager Howard Wilkinsonís intentions with attacking midfielder Scott Sellars playing nominally at right back. When Gary Speed volleyed home left-footed from close range after eighteen minutes, the impossible seemed possible, as Wilkinsonís attacking line-up flooded forward in waves and came close to a second goal several times. United were committed to all out attack and as they threw caution to the wind Stuttgart struck a hammer blow after thirty-four minutes when Andreas Buck cut in from the right to fire in their equalizer in a rare raid down the right. It meant that United would have to score five times if they were to topple their German visitors. Within four minutes, though, Unitedís faint hopes were lifted by a Gary McAllister penalty. And when Eric Cantona rattled the ball home from close range after sixty-six minutes, the great escape was on again.
The 20,457 crowd sounded
more like fifty thousand as Leeds stormed forward and the roof nearly blew off Elland Road when Lee Chapmanís close range header made it
4-1 on the night and 4-4 overall with ten minutes remaining. There was no let
The following day it
Nine days after that
extraordinary night at
An alternative view:
For excitement, passion, drama and sheer edge-of-the-seat entertainment, it is difficult to think of many games that would be on a par with United's thrill-a-minute second leg victory over VfB Stuttgart in the European Cup First Round tie on September 30th 1992.
United had been swamped 3-0
in the first leg against the German champions and were not really fancied to
pull that margin around in the return leg at
It wasn't until the
following day that events began to emerge of
So the tremendous efforts
of the United players in the second leg at
United's intentions were quickly signalled by Gary McAllister, who surged forward with pace and power and let fly with three fierce shots, two of which zipped wide, the other being saved by the keeper. The break-through came in the seventeenth minute when Gary Speed ghosted through to volley a left-foot shot in from near the six-yard line after Eric Cantona and Gordon Strachan had set up the chance.
Andreas Buck's equaliser on the night, after 34 minutes, might well have knocked the stiffing out of most sides, faced with the task United had, but Wilko's men took the blow and hit back four minutes later with a penalty from Gary McAllister. When United went 3-1 up in the sixty-sixth minute, Gordon Strachan was again the provider, as his lofted pass was fought for by the outstanding Eric Cantona and the ball went in as defender Gunther Schafer thrust out a leg in a late challenge on the Frenchman.
United went 4-1 up when Lee
Chapman got in on the scoring act and there were then ten minutes left for
United to get the goal that would have settled the tie. But, try as they might,
they couldn't get it and the game ended with a 4-4 aggregate and
Gary McAllister gets Unitedís second from the spot
†Eric Cantona follows in his goal
Despite wearing the #2 shirt Scott†††††††† Gordon Strachan was†††††††††† Eike Immel was in goal and his deputy Eberhard Trautner
Sellars played attacking midfield††††††††††† the goal-provider†††††††††††††††† remained on the bench
Guenther Schaefer and Michael Frontzeck were the full backs††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yugoslavian Slobadan Dubajic
and Guido Buchwald were the centre- backs††††††††††† VfB Stuttgart employed a five-man midfield of Andreas Buck, Thomas Strunz,
Icelander EyjŲlfur Sverrisson, Maurizio Gaudino and Ludwig Koegl
Fritz Walter started as the lone striker but Swiss striker Adrian Knup replaced him and Yugoslav defender Jovica Simanic†††††
replaced midfielder Maurizio Gaudino
Coach Christoph Daum made the mistake of playing too many foreign players. German defender Alexander Strehmel and midfielder
Andre Golk were not used