1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final
|Event||1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup|
|Date||13 May 1998|
|Venue||Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm|
|Referee||Stefano Braschi (Italy)|
The 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final was a football match contested between Chelsea of England and Stuttgart of Germany. It was the final match of the 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the 38th UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final. The final was held at Råsunda Stadium in Stockholm. Chelsea won the match 1–0, thanks to a Gianfranco Zola goal.
Route to the final
|First round, first leg 18 September 1997||Chelsea||2–0||Slovan Bratislava||London|
|19:45 BST||Di Matteo 8'
|Report||Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Roberto Anthony Boggi (Italy)
|First round, second leg 2 October 1997||Slovan Bratislava||0–2
|20:35 CET||Report||Pecko 28' (o.g.)
Di Matteo 60'
|Stadium: Tehelné pole
Referee: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg)
|Second round, first leg 23 October 1997||Tromsø||3–2||Chelsea||Tromsø|
|21:05 CET||Nilsen 6'
|Report||Vialli 80', 85'||Stadium: Alfheim Stadion
Referee: Jacek Granat (Poland)
|Second round, second leg 6 November 1997||Chelsea||7–1
|19:45 GMT||Petrescu 12', 85'
Vialli 24', 60', 75'
Leboeuf 54' (pen.)
|Report||Johansen 39'||Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Vasily Melnichuk (Ukraine)
|Quarter-final, first leg 5 March 1998||Real Betis||1–2||Chelsea||Seville|
|21:30 CET||Alfonso 46'||Report||Flo 7', 12'||Stadium: Estadio Manuel Ruíz de Lopera
Referee: Atanas Uzunov (Bulgaria)
|Quarter-final, second leg 19 March 1998||Chelsea||3–1
|19:45 GMT||Sinclair 30'
Di Matteo 50'
|Report||George 20'||Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Bernd Heynemann (Germany)
|Semi-final, first leg 2 April 1998||Vicenza||1–0||Chelsea||Vicenza|
|20:45 CEST||Zauli 16'||Report||Stadium: Stadio Romeo Menti
Referee: Manuel Díaz Vega (Spain)
|Semi-final, second leg 16 April 1998||Chelsea||3–1
|19:45 BST||Poyet 34'
|Report||Luiso 32'||Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Marc Batta (France)
|First round, first leg 18 September 1997||ÍBV||1–3||Stuttgart||Reykjavík|
|18:30 GMT||Ólafsson 40'||Report||Bobic 9', 12'
Referee: John Ashman (Wales)
|First round, second leg 2 October 1997||Stuttgart||2–1
|18:30 CET||Akpoborie 73', 76'||Report||Lárusson 79'||Stadium: Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion
Referee: Marek Kowalczyk (Poland)
|Second round, first leg 23 October 1997||Germinal Ekeren||0–4||Stuttgart||Ekeren|
|20:30 CET||Report||Bobic 43', 61'
Akpoborie 55', 75'
Referee: Knud Erik Fisker (Denmark)
|Second round, second leg 6 November 1997||Stuttgart||2–4
|20:30 CET||Verlaat 12'
|Report||van Ankeren 43', 82'
van Geneugden 45'
Referee: Pierluigi Pairetto (Italy)
|Quarter-finals, first leg 5 March 1998||Slavia Prague||1–1||Stuttgart||Prague|
|20:45 CEST||Vácha 39'||Report||Poschner 51'||Stadium: Stadion Evžena Rošického
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)
|Quarter-finals, second leg 19 March 1998||Stuttgart||2–0
|20:30 CEST||Balakov 9', 88'||Report||Stadium: Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion
Referee: José María García-Aranda (Spain)
|Semi-finals, first leg 2 April 1998||Stuttgart||2–1||Lokomotiv Moscow||Stuttgart|
|20:30 CEST||Akpoborie 42'
|Report||Janashia 22'||Stadium: Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion
Referee: Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)
|Semi-finals, second leg 16 April 1998||Lokomotiv Moscow||0–1
|20:15 MSK||Report||Bobic 24'||Stadium: Lokomotiv Stadium
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
Chelsea's breakthrough came when Gianfranco Zola was introduced after 70 minutes. Zola had been left out of the starting line-up due to a groin strain, but he made an immediate impact. Racing on to Dennis Wise's defence-splitting pass, he unleashed a spectacular right footed half volley that flew straight into the right top corner from just inside the penalty area. Chelsea were later reduced to 10 men with the dismissal of Dan Petrescu after 85 minutes after a challenge on Murat Yakin, but Stuttgart failed to exploit their numerical advantage, and they too finished with ten men when Gerhard Poschner was sent off in injury time.
13 May 1998
|Shots on target||4||1|
- "Chelsea 1 Stuttgart 0". Sporting Life. 14 May 1998. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "Zola's first kick is the sweetest for Chelsea". BBC News. 13 May 1998. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
- "Zola's instant impact for Chelsea". The Independent. 14 May 1998. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- "Full-time report Chelsea-Stuttgart". Union of European Football Associations. 13 May 1998.
- "Team Line-ups – Chelsea-Stuttgart". Union of European Football Associations. 13 May 1998.
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup results at Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation