1968–69 European Cup

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1968–69 European Cup
Tournament details
Dates 18 September 1968 – 28 May 1969
Teams 32
Final positions
Champions Italy Milan (2nd title)
Runners-up Netherlands Ajax
Tournament statistics
Matches played 52
Goals scored 176 (3.38 per match)
Top scorer(s) Denis Law (9 goals)

The 1968–69 season of the European Cup football club tournament was won by Milan, who beat Ajax 4–1 in the final, giving Milan its first European Cup title since 1963, and its second overall. A number of Eastern European clubs withdrew from the first two rounds when UEFA paired up all of the Eastern European clubs against one another.

Substitutions of two players at any game time were allowed; obligatory match dates were introduced (two weeks between the legs) and fixed on Wednesdays; the away goal rule was extended to the whole competition.

Manchester United, the defending champions, were eliminated by Milan in the semi-finals.

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Malmö FF Sweden 3–5 Italy Milan 2–1 1–4
Saint-Étienne France 2–4 Scotland Celtic 2–0 0–4
Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (w/o) East Germany Carl Zeiss Jena
Waterford United Republic of Ireland 2–10 England Manchester United 1–3 1–7
Anderlecht Belgium 5–2 Northern Ireland Glentoran 3–0 2–2
Rosenborg Norway 4–6 Austria Rapid Wien 1–3 3–3
Real Madrid Spain 12–0 Cyprus AEL 6–0 6–0
Nuremberg West Germany 1–5 Netherlands Ajax 1–1 0–4
Manchester City England 1–2 Turkey Fenerbahçe 0–0 1–2
Valur Iceland 1–8 Portugal Benfica 0–0 1–8
Floriana Malta 1–3 Finland Reipas Lahti 1–1 0–2
Steaua Bucureşti Romania 3–5 Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava 3–1 0–4
AEK Athens Greece 5–3 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 3–0 2–3
Zürich Switzerland 3–4 Denmark AB 1–3 2–1
Dynamo Kiev Soviet Union (w/o) Poland Ruch Chorzów
Levski-Spartak Bulgaria (w/o) Hungary Ferencváros

First leg[edit]

18 September 1968
Malmö FF Sweden 2–1 Italy Milan
Olsberg Goal 45'
Elmstedt Goal 50'
Report Rivera Goal 58'
Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 23,118
Referee: Hans Siebert (West Germany)

18 September 1968
Saint-Étienne France 2–0 Scotland Celtic
Keïta Goal 15'
H. Revelli Goal 36'
Report

18 September 1968
Waterford United Republic of Ireland 1–3 England Manchester United
Matthews Goal 65' Report Law Goal 8'41'55'
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 48,886
Referee: William Joseph Mullen (Scotland)

18 September 1968
Anderlecht Belgium 3–0 Northern Ireland Glentoran
Bergholtz Goal 18'
Peeters Goal 23'
Nordahl Goal 87'
Report
Émile Versé Stadium, Anderlecht
Attendance: 18,963
Referee: Bruno de Marchi (Italy)

18 September 1968
Rosenborg Norway 1–3 Austria Rapid Wien
Iversen Goal 16' Report Bjerregaard Goal 28'
Kaltenbrunner Goal 65'
Grausam Goal 86'
Lerkendal Stadion, Trondheim
Attendance: 22,321
Referee: Kevin Howley (England)

18 September 1968
Real Madrid Spain 6–0 Cyprus AEL
Pirri Goal 10'14'63'
Amancio Goal 17'
Pérez Goal 27'
Bueno Goal 75'
Report
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: William Gow (Wales)

18 September 1968
Nuremberg West Germany 1–1 Netherlands Ajax
Volkert Goal 6' Report Cruyff Goal 80'

18 September 1968
Manchester City England 0–0 Turkey Fenerbahçe
Report
Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 38,840
Referee: Laurens van Ravens (Netherlands)

18 September 1968
Valur Iceland 0–0 Portugal Benfica
Report
Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík
Attendance: 18,243
Referee: Patrick Graham ()

18 September 1968
Floriana Malta 1–1 Finland Reipas Lahti
Galea Goal 37' (pen.) Report Aalto Goal 28'
Empire Stadium, Gżira
Attendance: 10,162
Referee: James Finney (England)

18 September 1968
Steaua Bucureşti Romania 3–1 Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava
Creiniceanu Goal 18'
Voinea Goal 30'
Constantin Goal 51'
Report Kuna Goal 75'
23 August Stadium, Bucharest
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Christos Michas (Greece)

18 September 1968
AEK Athens Greece 3–0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch
Papaioannou Goal 4'
Papageorgiou Goal 56' (pen.)
Karafeskos Goal 58' (pen.)
Report
Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 16,205
Referee: Fabio Monti (Italy)

18 September 1968
Zürich Switzerland 1–3 Denmark AB
Winiger Goal 50' Report Hansen Goal 22'
Wiberg Goal 25'
Petersen Goal 62'
Letzigrund, Zurich
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)

Second leg[edit]

2 October 1968
Milan Italy 4–1 Sweden Malmö FF
Prati Goal 32'69'
Sormani Goal 62'
Rivera Goal 88'
Report Ljungberg Goal 16'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 61,932
Referee: Roger Mâchin (France)

Milan won 5–3 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
Celtic Scotland 4–0 France Saint-Étienne
Gemmell Goal 44' (pen.)
Craig Goal 59'
Chalmers Goal 66'
McBride Goal 87'
Report
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 73,059
Referee: Zdeněk Valeš (Czechoslovakia)

Celtic won 4–2 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
Manchester United England 7–1 Republic of Ireland Waterford United
Stiles Goal 37'
Law Goal 41'47'60'71'
Burns Goal 68'
Charlton Goal 84'
Report Casey Goal 69'

Manchester United won 10–2 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
Glentoran Northern Ireland 2–2 Belgium Anderlecht
Morrow Goal 27'
Johnston Goal 55'
Report Devrindt Goal 24'
Bergholtz Goal 58'
The Oval, Belfast
Attendance: 12,384
Referee: Jacques Colling (Luxembourg)

Anderlecht won 5–2 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
Rapid Wien Austria 3–3 Norway Rosenborg
Lindman Goal 10'80'
Kaltenbrunner Goal 17'
Report Iversen Goal 21'34'87'
Praterstadion, Vienna
Attendance: 1,570
Referee: Andreas Kouniaides (Cyprus)

Rapid Wien won 6–4 on aggregate.


26 September 1968
AEL Cyprus 0–6 Spain Real Madrid
Report Velázquez Goal 7'10'
José Luis Goal 9'
Veloso Goal 84'
Ortega Goal 86'
Zunzunegui Goal 87'

Real Madrid won 12–0 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
Ajax Netherlands 4–0 West Germany Nuremberg
Swart Goal 22'51'
Groot Goal 86' (pen.)
Cruyff Goal 89'
Report

Ajax won 5–1 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
Fenerbahçe Turkey 2–1 England Manchester City
Çevrim Goal 48'
Altıparmak Goal 76'
Report Coleman Goal 11'

Fenerbahçe won 2–1 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
Benfica Portugal 8–1 Iceland Valur
Simões Goal 4'
Jacinto Goal 7'
Torres Goal 11'47'79'
Eusébio Goal 20'
Coluna Goal 27'
José Augusto Goal 48'
Report Gunnarsson Goal 68'
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
Attendance: 24,389
Referee: Joseph Cassar-Naudi (Malta)

Benfica won 8–1 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
Reipas Lahti Finland 2–0 Malta Floriana
Holtari Goal 56' (57) Report
Olympia Stadium, Helsinki
Attendance: 2,212
Referee: Curt Nystrand (Sweden)

Reipas Lahti won 3–1 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
Spartak Trnava Czechoslovakia 4–0 Romania Steaua Bucureşti
Švec Goal 4'
Adamec Goal 58'76'80'
Report
Spartak Stadium, Trnava
Attendance: 11,879
Referee: Rudolf Scheurer (Switzerland)

Spartak Trnava won 5–3 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
Jeunesse Esch Luxembourg 3–2 Greece AEK Athens
Hoffmann Goal 5'
Drouet Goal 45'
Langer Goal 87'
Report Ventouris Goal 16'35'

AEK Athens won 5–3 on aggregate.


2 October 1968
AB Denmark 1–2 Switzerland Zürich
Petersen Goal 53' Report Künzli Goal 42'80'

AB won 4–3 on aggregate.

Second round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Milan Italy Bye
Celtic Scotland 6–2 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 5–1 1–1
Manchester United England 4–3 Belgium Anderlecht 3–0 1–3
Rapid Wien Austria 2–2 (a) Spain Real Madrid 1–0 1–2
Ajax Netherlands 4–0 Turkey Fenerbahçe 2–0 2–0
Benfica Portugal Bye
Reipas Lahti Finland 2–16 Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava 1–9 1–7
AEK Athens Greece 2–0 Denmark AB 0–0 2–0

First leg[edit]

13 November 1968
Celtic Scotland 5–1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Murdoch Goal 3'
Johnstone Goal 46'81'
Lennox Goal 48'
Wallace Goal 74'
Report Lazarević Goal 39'
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 65,248
Referee: Alfred Ott (West Germany)

13 November 1968
Manchester United England 3–0 Belgium Anderlecht
Kidd Goal 52'
Law Goal 70'78'
Report

20 November 1968
Rapid Wien Austria 1–0 Spain Real Madrid
Kaltenbrunner Goal 55' Report
Praterstadion, Vienna
Attendance: 44,800
Referee: Josip Drago Horvat (Yugoslavia)

13 November 1968
Ajax Netherlands 2–0 Turkey Fenerbahçe
Nuninga Goal 14'
Muller Goal 74'
Report
Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Attendance: 54,812
Referee: Eric Jennings (England)

20 November 1968
Reipas Lahti Finland 1–9 Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava
Hyvärinen Goal 88' Report Hagara Goal 14'
Kabát Goal 20'80'
Švec Goal 23'61'83'
Martinkovič Goal 46'
Hrušecký Goal 54'
Adamec Goal 64'
Lahden Kisapuisto, Lahti
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Paul Schiller (Austria)

13 November 1968
AEK Athens Greece 0–0 Denmark AB
Report

Second leg[edit]

27 November 1968
Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1–1 Scotland Celtic
Ostojić Goal 90' Report Wallace Goal 72'
Red Star Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 17,625
Referee: Francesco Francescon (Italy)

Celtic won 6–2 on aggregate.


27 November 1968
Anderlecht Belgium 3–1 England Manchester United
Mulder Goal 18'
Bergholtz Goal 38'78'
Report Sartori Goal 8'

Manchester United won 4–3 on aggregate.


4 December 1968
Real Madrid Spain 2–1 Austria Rapid Wien
Velázquez Goal 41'
Pirri Goal 83'
Report Bjerregaard Goal 48'

Rapid Wien won 2–2 on away goals.


27 November 1968
Fenerbahçe Turkey 0–2 Netherlands Ajax
Report Keizer Goal 55'
Nuninga Goal 88'

Ajax won 4–0 on aggregate.


27 November 1968
Spartak Trnava Czechoslovakia 7–1 Finland Reipas Lahti
Hagara Goal 15'
Dobiaš Goal 20'49' (pen.)64'
Kuna Goal 27'
Adamec Goal 37'
Hrušecký Goal 53'
Report Niskakoski Goal 75'

Spartak Trnava won 16–2 on aggregate.


27 November 1968
AB Denmark 0–2 Greece AEK Athens
Report Stamatiadis Goal 26'
Papaioannou Goal 80'

AEK Athens won 2–0 on aggregate.

Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Milan Italy 1–0 Scotland Celtic 0–0 1–0
Manchester United England 3–0 Austria Rapid Wien 3–0 0–0
Ajax Netherlands 4–41 Portugal Benfica 1–3 3–1
Spartak Trnava Czechoslovakia 3–2 Greece AEK Athens 2–1 1–1

1 Ajax beat Benfica 3–0 in a play-off to reach the semi-finals.

First leg[edit]

19 February 1969
Milan Italy 0–0 Scotland Celtic
Report
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 63,538
Referee: Kurt Waldemar Tschenscher (West Germany)

26 February 1969
Manchester United England 3–0 Austria Rapid Wien
Best Goal 44'70'
Morgan Goal 70'
Report
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 62,726
Referee: Božidar Botić (Yugoslavia)

12 February 1969
Ajax Netherlands 1–3 Portugal Benfica
Danielsson Goal 48' Report Santos Goal 31' (pen.)
Torres Goal 36'
José Augusto Goal 61'

26 February 1969
Spartak Trnava Czechoslovakia 2–1 Greece AEK Athens
Jarábek Goal 25'
Kabát Goal 44'
Report Sevastopoulos Goal 60'
Spartak Stadium, Trnava
Attendance: 10,747
Referee: Gilbert Droz (Switzerland)

Second leg[edit]

12 March 1969
Celtic Scotland 0–1 Italy Milan
Report Prati Goal 12'

Milan won 1–0 on aggregate.


5 March 1969
Rapid Wien Austria 0–0 England Manchester United
Report
Praterstadion, Vienna
Attendance: 50,234
Referee: Laurens van Ravens (Netherlands)

Manchester United won 3–0 on aggregate.


19 February 1969
Benfica Portugal 1–3 Netherlands Ajax
Torres Goal 70' Report Danielsson Goal 9'
Cruyff Goal 12'32'
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Antonio Sbardella (Italy)
5 March 1969
Ajax Netherlands 3 – 0 (a.e.t.) Portugal Benfica
Cruyff Goal 93'
Danielsson Goal 105'108'
Report

Ajax 4–4 Benfica on aggregate. Ajax won 3–0 the tie-breaking match.


12 March 1969
AEK Athens Greece 1–1 Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava
Papaioannou Goal 77' Report Švec Goal 23'
Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 29,842
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)

Spartak Trnava won 3–2 on aggregate.

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Milan Italy 2–1 England Manchester United 2–0 0–1
Ajax Netherlands 3–2 Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava 3–0 0–2

First leg[edit]

23 April 1969
Milan Italy 2–0 England Manchester United
Sormani Goal 33'
Hamrin Goal 49'
Report
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 80,050
Referee: Josef Krnávek (Czechoslovakia)

13 April 1969
Ajax Netherlands 3–0 Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava
Cruyff Goal 27'
Swart Goal 52'
Keizer Goal 60'
Report
Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Attendance: 55,490
Referee: Eric Jennings (England)

Second leg[edit]

15 May 1969
Manchester United England 1–0 Italy Milan
Charlton Goal 70' Report
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 63,103
Referee: Roger Mâchin (France)

Milan won 2–1 on aggregate.


24 April 1969
Spartak Trnava Czechoslovakia 2–0 Netherlands Ajax
Kuna Goal 27'49' Report
Spartak Stadium, Trnava
Attendance: 22,938
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (Austria)

Ajax won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

28 May 1969
Milan Italy 4–1 Netherlands Ajax
Prati Goal 7'40'75'
Sormani Goal 67'
Report

MatchCentre

Vasović Goal 60' (pen.)

Top scorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 1968–69 European Cup are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Scotland Denis Law England Manchester United 9
2 Netherlands Johan Cruyff Netherlands Ajax 6
Italy Pierino Prati Italy Milan 6
4 Czechoslovakia Jozef Adamec Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava 5
Czechoslovakia Valér Švec Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava 5
Portugal José Augusto Torres Portugal Benfica 4
7 Netherlands Gerard Bergholtz Belgium Anderlecht 4
Sweden Inge Danielsson Netherlands Ajax 4
Norway Odd Iversen Norway Rosenborg 4
Czechoslovakia Ladislav Kuna Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava 4
Spain Pirri Spain Real Madrid 4

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