The final, which followed the second-ever UEFA Champions League group stage, saw Ivorian-born Marseille defender Basile Boli score the only goal of the game in the 43rd minute with a header to give l'OM their first European Cup title. It was the first time that a French team had won the European Cup. No French side – apart from Monaco-based AS Monaco FC which played in French league system – has gone to the final since, let alone won the trophy.
Marseille and their club president Bernard Tapie would later be found to have been involved in a match-fixing scandal during the 1992–93 season (in which Marseille allegedly paid Valenciennes to lose a match), which saw them relegated to Division 2 and banned from participation in European football for the following season. As the scandal affected only French league matches, Marseille's status as 1993 European champion was not affected.