1973 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

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1973 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
Event 1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup
Date 16 May 1973
Venue Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki
Referee Christos Michas (Greece)
Attendance 40,154

The 1973 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was the final football match of the 1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 13th European Cup Winners' Cup final. It was contested between Milan of Italy and Leeds United of England, and was held at Kaftanzoglio Stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece. Milan won the match 1–0 thanks to a goal by Luciano Chiarugi.

The Greek crowd at the final reacted to perceived bias towards Milan by referee Christos Michas by throwing missiles during the victors' lap of honour, but despite protests, the result was not overturned.[1] UEFA later banned Michas for life due to match fixing, although his role in this match was not investigated.[2]

Leeds, who perceived referee Christos Michas to have made a number of unfair decisions, attempted to gain a replay but UEFA denied the request.[3] In recent times Richard Corbett, an MEP for Yorkshire and Humber petitioned UEFA for a reversal of awarding AC Milan the victory.

Route to the final[edit]

Italy Milan England Leeds United
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Luxembourg Red Boys Differdange 7–1 4–1 (A) 3–0 (H) First round Turkey Ankaragücü 2–1 1–1 (A) 1–0 (H)
Poland Legia Warsaw 3–2 1–1 (A) 2–1 (a.e.t.) (H) Second round East Germany Carl Zeiss Jena 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (H)
Soviet Union Spartak Moscow 2–1 1–0 (A) 1–1 (H) Quarter-finals Romania Rapid București 8–1 5–0 (H) 3–1 (A)
Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague 2–0 1–0 (H) 1–0 (A) Semi-finals Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split 1–0 1–0 (H) 0–0 (A)

Match details[edit]

16 May 1973
Milan Italy 1–0 England Leeds United
Chiarugi Goal 5'
A.C. Milan
Leeds United A.F.C.
GK 1 Italy Villiam Vecchi
DF 2 Italy Giuseppe Sabadini
DF 3 Italy Giulio Zignoli
DF 4 Italy Angelo Anquilletti
DF 5 Italy Maurizio Turone
MF 6 Italy Roberto Rosato Substituted off 59'
FW 7 Italy Riccardo Sogliano
MF 8 Italy Romeo Benetti
FW 9 Italy Alberto Bigon
MF 10 Italy Gianni Rivera
FW 11 Italy Luciano Chiarugi
MF 14 Italy Dario Dolci Substituted in 59'
Italy Nereo Rocco
GK 1 Scotland David Harvey
DF 2 England Paul Reaney
DF 3 England Trevor Cherry
MF 4 England Mick Bates
DF 5 England Paul Madeley
DF 6 England Norman Hunter Red card 89'
MF 7 Scotland Peter Lorimer
FW 8 Scotland Joe Jordan
FW 9 England Mick Jones
MF 10 Scotland Frank Gray Substituted off 54'
MF 11 Wales Terry Yorath
DF 12 Scotland Gordon McQueen Substituted in 54'
FW 14 England Chris Galvin
England Don Revie

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uefa asked to probe Leeds United's 1973 Cup Winners' Cup defeat to AC Milan Daily Telegraph, 15 April 2009, retrieved on 28 May 2009
  2. ^ UEFA asked to probe United's final defeat Yorkshire Evening Post, 3 April 2009, retrieved on 28 May 2009
  3. ^ "MEP calls for inquiry into Milan-Leeds Euro final". Richard Corbett MEP. 10 August 2006. Archived from the original on 30 May 2009. Retrieved 2006-11-11. 

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