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Sunday, 3 June 2012

Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester United

Shower of goals for Africa in the Corazon Classic Match

Alberto Navarro / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium hosted the third edition of the Corazon Classic Match, which this year featured Manchester United veterans. Real Madrid won 3-2 and the crowd was thrilled with the high quality of football showcased by legends such as Figo, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Van der Sar, Denis Irwin, Dwight Yorke, Redondo, Teddy Sheringham, Butragueño, Andy Cole...
Fernando Morientes netted the opener from a lobbed shot on the six-minute mark and Manchester United responded through a Lee Sharp header following a Cole turn and assist in the box.

Both sides had several chances to score until Real netted a second from a spectacular shot by Figo right outside the box after receiving the ball from Zidane (11’). There were no more strikes in the first half, but the audience did get to see impossible passes and dribbles that got them off their seats.

ManU wanted to turn the score around after half-time and Real looked to increase their lead. Santillana hit the crossbar in the 51st minute following a Roberto Carlos gallop down the left wing and Van der Sar made a spectacular save when Figo tried to tally another strike (55').

The Reds were awarded a penalty after Cole was challenged in the box, but Contreras saved Sheringham's shot (67’) and  Redondo scored a masterful strike two minutes later after dribbling past two defenders.

Sheringham got rid of the bitter aftertaste of missing the penalty with a beautiful lobbed goal that made the match become more intense and exciting until it was over.
3 - Real Madrid: Buyo, Chendo, Roberto Carlos, Hierro, Sanchis, Zidane, Redondo, Butragueño, Morientes, Martin Vazquez, Figo, -starting eleven-, Sabido, Illgner, Santillana, Helguera, Amavista, Alfonso, Fernando Sanz, Karanka, Contreras, Ivan Perez, Rojas, Velasco, Ramis, Garcia Cortes, Julio Llorente.

2 - Manchester United: Van der Sar, Lee Martin, Irwin, Fortune, Johnsen, Dublin, Cole, Sheringham, Lee Sharpe, Blomqvist, Yorke -starting eleven-, Van der Gouw, Blackmore.

GOALS:1-0: Morientes (7').
1-1: Lee Sharpe (9').
2-1: Figo (11').
3-1: Redondo (69').
3-2: Sheringham (79').