2012 Heart Classic Match: Real Madrid 3 - 2 Man. United

Long ago that Santiago Bernabeu stadium is a theme park for all ages and a necessary scenary for football purists. The new times have become a gateway with a permanent exhibition of world stars each season: Now, Cristiano Ronaldo, Casillas, Benzema ... But almost more excited is a retrospective as the Heart Classic Match. First, in substance. A good amount of money that is already traveling to Africa, the essentials. And then, to get the merger of times, to make possible the impossible starting line ups. By mixing Butragueño with Zidane to dribbling the enemies. Or to fantasize about what would have been Santillana with a Golden Ball as Figo on the right.

Zinedine Zidane: Heart Classic Match 2012

All this only happens in a game for nostalgia in which only was missed a goal from Raul, Del Bosque or Ferguson, occupants of the bench in those duels at the end and beginning of the century that were always white: In 2000 by the genius of Vincente Del Bosque who optimized an inferior team in football but with a top player in each line: Casillas, Hierro, Redondo and insatiable Raul. Del Bosque showed in that qualifying round that he was much more than an emergency coach for Real Madrid . And then in 2003, a perfect team that was the envy of Europe with a devastating Ronaldo. A team that was a storm at Old Trafford only stopped by injuries, bad luck and Nedved in Turin that ended Hierro and Del Bosque's time in white team.

The audience had fun. The topic always invited to write that some players are still to play, but have to admit that all of them have spent their time (although in the case of Zidane this would be an interesting discussion). Even so, more than 60,000 people gathered at the Bernabeu and they had a great time. They could enjoy the Zidane's supreme class (played almost the entire game), the magic of Butragueño, a couple of terrific shots by Roberto Carlos, Morientes' goal instinct (who scored the 1-0) and Figo's touch of ball (author of 2-1).

Because some things never change. Chendo's discipline, unable to exit the script as a delegate or in a friendly match, or the protective arms and individual technique of Redondo. Neither in Real Madrid nor Manchester, few players have played like Andy Cole, always looking for a goal, the pearl of Newcastle that Ferguson stole. Also was Yorke, who played in midfield, where he finished his career just playing the World Cup with Trinidad and Tobago. Or Lee Sharpe, good provider in the Cantona's United who coincided with the start of the Premier and yesterday scored the first goal of a Manchester United that had merit, because Keane could not attend the match and had just 14 players to deal with three generations of white idols. And fought until the 3-2 and breathed in the 82nd minute when Zinedine Zidane left the field. They say that many, including Florentino Perez, went into a fit of melancholy and ran to see the entire video collection of the French player. Yes, could say that Zizou will be immortal.

Just about football, 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.

Manchester United 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.


Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu
Attendance: 60,000
Goals:1-0: Morientes (7'). 1-1: Lee Sharpe (9'). 2-1: Figo (11'). 3-1: Redondo (69'). 3-2: Sheringham (79').

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