1994 UEFA Champions League Final

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1994 UEFA Champions League Final
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Match programme cover
Event 1993–94 UEFA Champions League
Date 18 May 1994
Venue Olympic Stadium, Athens
Referee Philip Don (England)
Attendance 70,000
1993
1995

The 1994 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match between Italian club Milan and Spanish club Barcelona, played on 18 May 1994 at the Athens Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece.

Barcelona were favourites to win their second European title in three years,[citation needed] having just won La Liga. Milan's preparation before the final was in disarray: legendary striker Marco van Basten and £13 million young sensation Gianluigi Lentini (then world's most expensive footballer) were missing through injury; sweeper and legendary captain, Franco Baresi was suspended, as was defender Alessandro Costacurta; while UEFA regulations limiting teams to fielding a maximum of three non-nationals meant that their coach Fabio Capello was forced to leave out Florin Răducioiu, Jean-Pierre Papin and Brian Laudrup. At the other side the rule meant that Michael Laudrup would not star in the match, this omission triggering his decision to leave FC Barcelona at the end of the season.

Milan played in their all-white away strip, which historically they use in finals of the European Cup/UEFA 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 goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta for the third goal. Eight minutes later, after Savićević had hit a post and the Barcelona defence had failed to clear, Milan defender Marcel 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.[citation needed] Desailly became the first player to win the trophy in consecutive years with different clubs after winning with Marseille in 1993.


Road to the final[edit]

Milan Barcelona
Opponent Result Legs Round Opponent Result Legs
Switzerland FC Aarau 1–0 1–0 away; 0–0 home First round Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 5–4 1–3 away; 4–1 home
Denmark Copenaghen 7–0 6–0 away; 1–0 home Second round Austria Austria Wien 5–1 3–0 home; 2–1 away
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Milan 6 2 4 0 6 2 +4 8
Portugal Porto 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 7
Germany Werder Bremen 6 2 1 3 11 15 −4 5
Belgium Anderlecht 6 1 2 3 5 9 −4 4
Group stage
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 2 0 13 3 +10 10
France AS Monaco 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5 7
Turkey Galatasaray 6 2 1 3 6 12 −4 5
Russia Spartak Moscow 6 0 2 4 1 10 −9 2
France AS Monaco 3–0 Semi-final Portugal Porto 3–0

Match[edit]

Details[edit]

18 May 1994
21:15 EEST
Milan Italy 4–0 Spain Barcelona
Massaro Goal 22'45+2'
Savićević Goal 47'
Desailly Goal 58'
Report

MatchCentre
[1]

Olympic Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Philip Don (England)
Milan
Barcelona
GK 1 Italy Sebastiano Rossi
RB 2 Italy Mauro Tassotti (c) Booked 35'
CB 5 Italy Filippo Galli
CB 6 Italy Paolo Maldini Substituted off 83'
LB 3 Italy Christian Panucci Booked 88'
RM 9 Croatia Zvonimir Boban
CM 4 Italy Demetrio Albertini Booked 53'
CM 8 France Marcel Desailly
LM 7 Italy Roberto Donadoni
CF 10 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Savićević
CF 11 Italy Daniele Massaro Booked 45'
Substitutes:
GK 12 Italy Mario Ielpo
DF 13 Italy Stefano Nava Substituted in 83'
MF 14 Italy Angelo Carbone
MF 15 Italy Gianluigi Lentini
FW 16 Italy Marco Simone
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello
GK 1 Spain Andoni Zubizarreta
RB 2 Spain Albert Ferrer Booked 58'
CB 4 Netherlands Ronald Koeman
CB 5 Spain Miguel Ángel Nadal Booked 54'
LB 7 Spain Sergi Booked 55' Substituted off 71'
CM 3 Spain Josep Guardiola
CM 6 Spain José Mari Bakero (c) Booked 48'
CM 9 Spain Guillermo Amor
RW 8 Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov Booked 24'
LW 11 Spain Txiki Begiristain Substituted off 51'
CF 10 Brazil Romário
Substitutes:
GK 13 Spain Carles Busquets
DF 12 Spain Juan Carlos
MF 14 Spain Eusebio Sacristán Substituted in 51'
MF 15 Spain Ion Andoni Goikoetxea
MF 16 Spain Quique Estebaranz Substituted in 71'
Manager:
Netherlands Johan Cruyff

Assistant referees:
England Rob Harris (England)
England Roy Pearson (England)
Fourth official:
England Martin Bodenham (England)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (2008). Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics. Orion. p. 318. ISBN 978-1-4091-0204-5. 

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