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Football: Shocked United slip to Hungarian minnows; CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE.

Manchester United suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in their history last night when they were beaten by Hungarian minnows Zalaegerszegi in Budapest. In the final minute Tamas Szamos stormed down the right wing and his low cross was tapped in from close range by substitute Bela Koplarovic.

On four minutes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer latched on to Ruud van Nistelrooy's through ball, then walloped his shot onto a post with Sasa Ilic beaten.

The 'keeper - Charlton's penalty shootout hero in the 1998 Division One play-off final against Sunderland - then became a virtual spectator as United failed miserably to get any cohesion into their game.

Even worse, the injury mountain continues to grow. Rio Ferdinand, Fabien Barthez and Gary Neville all failed to make the trip and another defender, Wes Brown, sustained an ankle injury in a hefty challenge with Igor Budisa. Brown was not able to put any Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson watched Kieron Dyer fire them to the brink of Champions' League football in Bosnia.

Dyer struck 56 minutes into the clash with NK Zeljeznicar to send the Tynesiders into the second leg with an away goal and the cushion of a lead.

'It's better than 0-0, I'll tell you, but there's a lot to play for,' Sir Bobby said. 'Our defence was very strong.'

Robson was delighted with the way a side including teenagers Jermaine Jenas and Hugo Viana coped with a dangerous Zeljo side which knocked out Lillestrom in the last round.

weight on his right foot and was immediately replaced by Phil Neville.

United started quite well but were forced on to the back foot. Krisztian Kenesei and Darko Ljubojevic were particularly impressive for the home side, with neither Roy Keane nor Juan Sebastian Veron able to stamp their authority on the game. Keane was wasteful in possession on a couple of occasions and it needed all Laurent Blanc's calmness to ensure the visitors were no overrun completely.

Roy Carroll tipped over Otto Vincze's 20-yard effort while Blanc got in the way of Kenesei's angled drive. As the interval loomed the visitors assumed some kind of control, and Keane drove them on. Solskjaer blazed one effort over before setting up van Nistelrooy, whose volley was too high.

David Beckham's flighted cross to van Nistelrooy fell straight into Solskjaer's path whose lob lacked power. Van Nistelrooy sent Beckham clean through but Ilic saved with his feet, then Keane nodded wide.

Ilic clutched a stinging Keane cross at the second attempt.

Van Nistelrooy was booked for dissent just after the hour, followed shortly afters by Beckham for the same offence. Sasa Ilic was also yellow-carded for time-wasting late on.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 15, 2002
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