• Short Summary

    MANCHESTER UNITED THRASHED A STARTLED BENFICA 5-1 IN THE SECOND LEG OF THEIR EUROPEAN CUP QUARTER FINAL IN LISBON LAST (WEDNESDAY) NIGHT.

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    MANCHESTER UNITED THRASHED A STARTLED BENFICA 5-1 IN THE SECOND LEG OF THEIR EUROPEAN CUP QUARTER FINAL IN LISBON LAST (WEDNESDAY) NIGHT. UNITED HAD WON THE FIRST LEG 3-2 AND GO ON TO THE SEMI-FINALS ON AN 8-3 AGGREGATE.

    BENFICA WERE CONFIDENT THEY WOULD EASILY WIPE OFF THE ONE GOAL DEFICIT THEY HAD ACQUIRED IN THE FIRST LEG AT MANCHESTER LAST MONTH. THEY HAD NOT BEEN DEFEATED IN A EUROPEAN CUP MATCH IN THEIR STADIUM OF LIGHTS IN LISBON FOR NINE YEARS - HAVING WON 19 CONSECUTIVE CUP MATCHES THERE.

    BUT UNITED JOLTED THEM WITH THREE GOALS IN THE FIRST 14 MINUTES AND BENFICA NEVER RECOVERED. UNITED'S BRILLIANCE AND UNDOUBTED SUPERIORITY STUNNED THE CROWD OF 75,000 JAMMED INTO THE STADIUM WHICH NORMALLY TAKES ONLY 65,000 PEOPLE.

    UNITED WERE ONE UP AFTER SIX MINUTES. THEIR SPEEDY RIGHT WINGER GEORGE BEST HEADED THE BALL IN FROM A GOALMOUTH SCRAMBLE. SIX MINUTES LATER BEST SCORED AGAIN AND THEN SERVED UP A PERFECT PASS TO UNITED'S OTHER WINGER CONNELLY WHO KICKED A THIRD.

    IN THE SECOND HALF, BENFICA RECOVERED ENOUGH POISE TO MOUNT A SERIES OF ATTACKS BUT THE UNITED DEFENCE HELD TIGHT. AT LAST BENFICA GOT A GOAL BUT NOT OF THEIR OWN MAKING. UNITED DEFENDER SHAY BRENNAN SENT A POOR BACK PASS TOWARDS HIS GOALKEEPER HARRY GREGG AND THE BALL TRICKLED INTO THE NET.

    UNITED REGAINED CONTROL AND CONTINUED TO HARASS THE BENFICA DEFENDERS. TEN MINUTES BEFORE FULL TIME UNITED RIGHT HALF PAT CRERAND POUNCED ON A PERFECT PASS AND PUT DENIS LAW THROUGH FOR UNITED'S FOURTH GOAL. THE DISMAYED PORTUGUESE CROWD HAD THINNED OUT CONSIDERABLY BY THE TIME BOBBY CHARLTON SCORE UNITED'S FIFTH GOAL IN THE DYING SECONDS OF PLAY.

    OTHER EUROPEAN CUP SEMI-FINALISTS ARE REAL MADRID, INTERNATIONAL MILAN, AND PARTIZAN, BELGRADE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5LZIDBEHL5VIWYJNW6L2W79ZP
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LZIDBEHL5VIWYJNW6L2W79ZP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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