The win gave Parma their first European trophy in their first European final; moreover, it was just their second season competing in European competition, and they were the first Italian team to appear in the final since Sampdoria, who appeared in consecutive years in 1989 and 1990. The most recent occasion on which a Belgian side had appeared in a Cup Winners' Cup final was in the second of Sampdoria's most recent appearances, in 1990. Sampdoria won the match 2–0 against Anderlecht, but needed extra time to do so. The 1993 edition also represented Antwerp's first appearance in a European final.
The 1993 final was the first meeting between Parma and Antwerp. Both sides went into the final chasing their first piece of European silverware and the match was the first time Parma faced Belgian opposition. Neither manager had previously led a team to a European final.
Parma opened the scoring in the 10th minute when goalkeeper Stevan Stojanović misjudged a corner that allowed Parma’s captain, Lorenzo Minotti to hook the ball home from the left of the penalty area. But Antwerp replied within two minutes, Alex Czerniatynski played a through-ball to Francis Severeyns who shot past the goalkeeper left footed to level the scores. The Italians began to dominate the game and Alessandro Melli headed them 2–1 ahead after half an hour after a cross from the right. The game was put beyond Antwerp six minutes from time when Stefano Cuoghi curled a shot past the goalkeeper from inside the area.