Nigerian Ex-International, Finidi George Remembers When He Silenced Bernabeu

Nigerian Ex-International, Finidi George Remembers When He Silenced Bernabeu

19 years ago Nigerian winger Finidi George silenced the capacity Santiago Bernabeu on October 1998, when he struck the winner for Real Betis against Real Madrid.

Finidi was 27-years old at the time and was one of the biggest stars from Africa and indeed one of the best wingers in world football.

19 years later 21-year-old Paraguayan, Antonio Sanabria repeated the same or with even more drama.


Sanabria signed off on the night with the match winner on 94 minutes, to shock Zinedine Zidane’s men; sending Madridistas home with their heads hung low.

Recalling the exciting moment on ‘center circle with Anthony Bekederemo, Finidi told Brila.net that, ” It was a very good feeling.

“We had a good team at the time. We went there and were happy we were able to do it; I was happy with my goal too.

“It’s been more than 18 years since we got that kind of result. It was a good feeling.” Right now the team is building on an amazing squad and we are all supporting the good work.

The late winner spoiled the return from suspension of Cristiano Ronaldo and was also the first time in 74 matches that Madrid had failed to score.

The defeat leaves Madrid seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona after five games. Worryingly for Zinedine Zidane, the Madrid coach, his side has not won any of their games in front of their exacting fans at the Bernabeu.

“Last year we won games we didn’t deserve to and now it is the reverse,” said Zidane. “The league is very long. In the

In the end, we’ll see how it goes but we need to be calm and we know we will have better days.”

Madrid was frustrated by a string of fine saves from their former goalkeeper Antonio Adan. He thwarted efforts from Isco, Toni Kroos, and Gareth Bale.

The Spanish champions were punished in the dying seconds when Sanabria powered home a header from Antonio Barragan’s cross to give Betis their first triumph at Real Madrid since 1998.

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