Koplarovic heroics shock United
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A typically tense European contest burst into life in the 89th minute as a long diagonal ball caught Phil Neville out.
The Hungarians got to the by-line before pulling back the ball that John O'Shea will feel he could have cut-out. However, Koplarovic still had to beat Mikael Silvestre, which he did and slid home the only goal of the game.
Despite not being at their best, it never looked like United would be facing a deficit in the second leg as they bossed the game but paid the price for not converting chances into goals.
It could all have been so different had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's (pictured) fourth minute strike gone in rather than rebounded off the post, although this set the scene for the rest of the game.
David Beckham's first meaningful contribution was almost putting through his own net in the 22nd minute from a corner and for the majority of the game it was a midfield battle as both sides lacked penetration for different reasons.
The visitors had plenty of chances but could not finish whereas Zalaegerszeg were full of running but lacked creativity.
Roy Carroll's best contribution of the first half was his tip over from Vincze's fierce long-range shot.
The second period saw Ruud van Nistelrooy face a personal battle with the gods as at first he had an effort cleared off the line then had a close range 'goal' ruled out.
United should have taken the lead on the hour following five minutes of strong pressure as Beckham was played clean through only for Sasa Ilic to do well to save with his legs.
Yet it was not to be and eventually United paid for their profligacy in front of goal as Koplarovic struck to give the Hungarians an incredible result and the news could be worse for Ferguson as Wes Brown faces a scan on an injury he picked up early on and enforced a substitution.
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