1968–69 European Cup

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1968–69 European Cup
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium - panoramio.jpg
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates18 September 1968 – 28 May 1969
Teams32
Final positions
ChampionsItaly Milan (2nd title)
Runners-upNetherlands Ajax
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored176 (3.38 per match)
Top scorer(s)Scotland 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 F.C. 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
Nürnberg 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 București 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 Kyiv Soviet Union (w/o) Poland Ruch Chorzów
Levski-Spartak Bulgaria (w/o) Hungary Ferencváros

First leg[edit]

Malmö FF Sweden2–1Italy Milan
Olsberg Goal 45'
Elmstedt Goal 50'
Report Rivera Goal 58'
Attendance: 23,118


Waterford United Republic of Ireland1–3England Manchester United
Matthews Goal 65' Report Law Goal 8'41'55'

Anderlecht Belgium3–0Northern Ireland Glentoran
Bergholtz Goal 18'
Peeters Goal 23'
Nordahl Goal 87'
Report

Rosenborg Norway1–3Austria Rapid Wien
Iversen Goal 16' Report Bjerregaard Goal 28'
Kaltenbrunner Goal 65'
Grausam Goal 86'
Attendance: 22,321

Real Madrid Spain6–0Cyprus AEL
Pirri Goal 10'14'63'
Amancio Goal 17'
Pérez Goal 27'
Bueno Goal 75'
Report
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: William Gow (Wales)

Nürnberg West Germany1–1Netherlands Ajax
Volkert Goal 6' Report Cruyff Goal 80'

Manchester City England0–0Turkey Fenerbahçe
Report

Valur Iceland0–0Portugal Benfica
Report

Floriana Malta1–1Finland Reipas Lahti
Galea Goal 37' (pen.) Report Aalto Goal 28'
Attendance: 10,162

Steaua București Romania3–1Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava
Creiniceanu Goal 18'
Voinea Goal 30'
Constantin Goal 51'
Report Kuna Goal 75'

AEK Athens Greece3–0Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch
Papaioannou Goal 4'
Papageorgiou Goal 56' (pen.)
Karafeskos Goal 58' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 16,205
Referee: Fabio Monti (Italy)

Zürich Switzerland1–3Denmark AB
Winiger Goal 50' Report Hansen Goal 22'
Wiberg Goal 25'
Petersen Goal 62'
Attendance: 17,000

Second leg[edit]

Milan Italy4–1Sweden Malmö FF
Prati Goal 32'69'
Sormani Goal 62'
Rivera Goal 88'
Report Ljungberg Goal 16'
Attendance: 61,932

Milan won 5–3 on aggregate.


Celtic Scotland4–0France Saint-Étienne
Gemmell Goal 44' (pen.)
Craig Goal 59'
Chalmers Goal 66'
McBride Goal 87'
Report
Attendance: 73,059

Celtic won 4–2 on aggregate.


Manchester United England7–1Republic 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.


Glentoran Northern Ireland2–2Belgium Anderlecht
Morrow Goal 27'
Johnston Goal 55'
Report Devrindt Goal 24'
Bergholtz Goal 58'
Attendance: 12,384

Anderlecht won 5–2 on aggregate.


Rapid Wien Austria3–3Norway Rosenborg
Lindman Goal 10'80'
Kaltenbrunner Goal 17'
Report Iversen Goal 21'34'87'
Attendance: 1,570

Rapid Wien won 6–4 on aggregate.


AEL Cyprus0–6Spain 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.


Ajax Netherlands4–0West Germany Nürnberg
Swart Goal 22'51'
Groot Goal 86' (pen.)
Cruyff Goal 89'
Report

Ajax won 5–1 on aggregate.


Fenerbahçe won 2–1 on aggregate.


Benfica Portugal8–1Iceland 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'
Attendance: 24,389

Benfica won 8–1 on aggregate.


Reipas Lahti Finland2–0Malta Floriana
Holtari Goal 56' (57) Report
Attendance: 2,212

Reipas Lahti won 3–1 on aggregate.


Spartak Trnava Czechoslovakia4–0Romania Steaua București
Švec Goal 4'
Adamec Goal 58'76'80'
Report
Attendance: 11,879

Spartak Trnava won 5–3 on aggregate.


Jeunesse Esch Luxembourg3–2Greece AEK Athens
Hoffmann Goal 5'
Drouet Goal 45'
Langer Goal 87'
Report Ventouris Goal 16'35'

AEK Athens won 5–3 on aggregate.


AB Denmark1–2Switzerland 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]

Celtic Scotland5–1Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Murdoch Goal 3'
Johnstone Goal 46'81'
Lennox Goal 48'
Wallace Goal 74'
Report Lazarević Goal 39'
Attendance: 65,248

Manchester United England3–0Belgium Anderlecht
Kidd Goal 52'
Law Goal 70'78'
Report

Rapid Wien Austria1–0Spain Real Madrid
Kaltenbrunner Goal 55' Report
Attendance: 44,800

Ajax Netherlands2–0Turkey Fenerbahçe
Nuninga Goal 14'
Muller Goal 74'
Report
Attendance: 54,812

Reipas Lahti Finland1–9Czechoslovakia 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'
Attendance: 6,000

AEK Athens Greece0–0Denmark AB
Report

Second leg[edit]

Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia1–1Scotland Celtic
Ostojić Goal 90' Report Wallace Goal 72'

Celtic won 6–2 on aggregate.


Anderlecht Belgium3–1England Manchester United
Mulder Goal 18'
Bergholtz Goal 38'78'
Report Sartori Goal 8'

Manchester United won 4–3 on aggregate.


Real Madrid Spain2–1Austria Rapid Wien
Velázquez Goal 41'
Pirri Goal 83'
Report Bjerregaard Goal 48'

Rapid Wien won 2–2 on away goals.


Fenerbahçe Turkey0–2Netherlands Ajax
Report Keizer Goal 55'
Nuninga Goal 88'

Ajax won 4–0 on aggregate.


Spartak Trnava Czechoslovakia7–1Finland 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.


AB Denmark0–2Greece 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]

Milan Italy0–0Scotland Celtic
Report

Manchester United England3–0Austria Rapid Wien
Best Goal 44'70'
Morgan Goal 70'
Report
Attendance: 62,726

Ajax Netherlands1–3Portugal Benfica
Danielsson Goal 48' Report Santos Goal 31' (pen.)
Torres Goal 36'
José Augusto Goal 61'

Spartak Trnava Czechoslovakia2–1Greece AEK Athens
Jarábek Goal 25'
Kabát Goal 44'
Report Sevastopoulos Goal 60'
Attendance: 10,747

Second leg[edit]

Celtic Scotland0–1Italy Milan
Report Prati Goal 12'

Milan won 1–0 on aggregate.


Rapid Wien Austria0–0England Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 50,234

Manchester United won 3–0 on aggregate.


Benfica Portugal1–3Netherlands Ajax
Torres Goal 70' Report Danielsson Goal 9'
Cruyff Goal 12'32'
Attendance: 60,000
Ajax Netherlands3–0 (a.e.t.)Portugal Benfica
Cruyff Goal 93'
Danielsson Goal 105'108'
Report

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


AEK Athens Greece1–1Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava
Papaioannou Goal 77' Report Švec Goal 23'
Attendance: 29,842

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]

Milan Italy2–0England Manchester United
Sormani Goal 33'
Hamrin Goal 49'
Report
Attendance: 80,050

Ajax Netherlands3–0Czechoslovakia Spartak Trnava
Cruyff Goal 27'
Swart Goal 52'
Keizer Goal 60'
Report
Attendance: 55,490

Second leg[edit]

Manchester United England1–0Italy Milan
Charlton Goal 70' Report
Attendance: 63,103

Milan won 2–1 on aggregate.


Spartak Trnava Czechoslovakia2–0Netherlands Ajax
Kuna Goal 27'49' Report
Attendance: 22,938

Ajax won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

Milan Italy4–1Netherlands Ajax
Prati Goal 7'40'75'
Sormani Goal 67'
Report 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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