Milan played in their all-white away strip, which historically they use in finals of the European Cup and Champions League, while Barcelona played in their red and blue strip. Milan dominated early and were rewarded when Dejan Savićević ran down the right flank and passed to Daniele Massaro, who tapped the ball into an empty net. Massaro banged in his second just before half-time to make it 2–0 after a solo run by Roberto Donadoni down the left wing.
In the 47th minute, Savićević capitalised on a defensive error by Miguel Ángel Nadal to lob goalkeeperAndoni Zubizarreta for the third goal. Eight minutes later, after Savićević had hit a post and the Barcelona defence had failed to clear, Milan defenderMarcel Desailly beat the offside trap to make it 4–0, which ended up being the final score. Pundits described Milan's performance against Barcelona in the final as the greatest ever by a team in European Cup/UEFA Champions League history. Desailly became the first player to win the trophy in consecutive years with different clubs after winning with Marseille in 1993.