1972 European Cup Final

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1972 European Cup Final
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Mauro Bellugi & Piet Keizer
Event1971–72 European Cup
Date31 May 1972
VenueDe Kuip, Rotterdam
Man of the MatchJohan Cruijff
RefereeRobert Helies (France)

The 1972 European Cup Final was a football match held at De Kuip, Rotterdam, on 31 May 1972, that saw Ajax of the Netherlands defeat Internazionale of Italy 2-0. Two second-half goals from Johan Cruyff gave Ajax their second success in the competition, after their 1971 victory. This game is often said to be Total Football's greatest moment, Ajax dominated much of the game as Inter defended desperately.

Route to the final[edit]

Netherlands Ajax Round Italy Internazionale
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
East Germany Dynamo Dresden 2–0 2–0 (H) 0–0 (A) First round Greece AEK Athens 6–4 4–1 (H) 2–3 (A)
France Marseille 6–2 2–1 (A) 4–1 (H) Second round West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 4–2 4–2 (H) 0–0 (A)
England Arsenal 3–1 2–1 (H) 1–0 (A) Quarter-finals Belgium Standard Liège 2–2 (a) 1–0 (H) 1–2 (A)
Portugal Benfica 1–0 1–0 (H) 0–0 (A) Semi-finals Scotland Celtic 0–0
(5–4 p)
0–0 (H) 0–0 (a.e.t.) (A)



Ajax Netherlands2–0Italy Internazionale
Cruyff Goal 47'78' Report
Attendance: 61,354
GK 1 Netherlands Heinz Stuy
DF 3 Netherlands Wim Suurbier
DF 13 Netherlands Barry Hulshoff
DF 12 West Germany Horst Blankenburg
DF 5 Netherlands Ruud Krol
MF 7 Netherlands Johan Neeskens
MF 15 Netherlands Arie Haan
MF 9 Netherlands Gerrie Mühren
FW 8 Netherlands Sjaak Swart
FW 14 Netherlands Johan Cruyff
FW 11 Netherlands Piet Keizer (c)
Romania Stefan Kovacs
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GK 1 Italy Ivano Bordon
DF 2 Italy Mauro Bellugi
DF 3 Italy Giacinto Facchetti
MF 4 Italy Gabriele Oriali
DF 5 Italy Mario Giubertoni Substituted off 12'
DF 6 Italy Tarcisio Burgnich
FW 7 Brazil Jair da Costa Substituted off 56'
MF 8 Italy Gianfranco Bedin
FW 9 Italy Roberto Boninsegna
MF 10 Italy Sandro Mazzola (c)
MF 11 Italy Mario Frustalupi
MF 14 Italy Mario Bertini Substituted in 12'
MF 16 Italy Sergio Pellizzaro Substituted in 56'
Italy Giovanni Invernizzi

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