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1968 European Cup Final

1968 European Cup Final
Event 1967–68 European Cup
After extra time
Date 29 May 1968
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match John Aston
(Manchester United)
Referee Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)
Attendance 92,225

The 1968 European Cup Final was a UEFA for the champions of European leagues. The final was contested by Benfica of Portugal and Manchester United of England, with Manchester United winning 4–1 after extra time.

The first half passed without incident, but eight minutes into the second half, Bobby Charlton opened the scoring for Manchester United with a rare headed goal. However, the lead only lasted for 22 minutes before Jaime Graça scored for Benfica. Benfica almost had a chance to win the match near the end of normal time, but goalkeeper Alex Stepney made a crucial save during a one-on-one with Eusébio. Eusébio applauded the save.[1]

The score remained at 1–1 until the end of normal time, forcing the match into extra time. The temperature was clearly playing a part in the players' fitness, and Benfica's players were clearly flagging when Brian Kidd, who was celebrating his 19th birthday, added United's third a minute later, before Charlton rounded off the scoring before 100 minutes had been played.

United were without their high-scoring forward Denis Law, who was sidelined with a knee injury and watched the match on television while in hospital.[2]

United's win meant that they became the first English team to win the European Cup, just a year after Celtic had become the first British team to do so. The win also marked the culmination of Manchester United's 10 years of rebuilding after the 1958 Munich air disaster, in which eight players had been killed and manager Matt Busby had been left fighting for his life. Captain Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes who had both survived the crash played in the game.

Match

Details

29 May 1968
19:45 BST
Benfica 1–4 (a.e.t.) Manchester United
Graça Goal 79' Report Charlton Goal 53'99'
 92'
Kidd Goal 94'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 92,225
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)
Benfica
Manchester United
GK 1 José Henrique
RB 2 Adolfo Calisto
CB 3 Humberto Fernandes Booked 20'
CB 4 Jacinto Santos
LB 5 Fernando Cruz
RM 6 Jaime Graça
CM 7 Mário Coluna (c)
LM 8 José Augusto
RF 9 José Torres
CF 10 Eusébio
LF 11 António Simões
Substitute:
GK 12 Alfredo Nascimento
Manager:
Otto Glória
GK 1 Alex Stepney
RB 2 Shay Brennan
CB 5 Bill Foulkes
CB 10 David Sadler
LB 3 Tony Dunne
RM 4 Pat Crerand
CM 9 Bobby Charlton (c)
LM 6 Nobby Stiles
RF 7 George Best
CF 8 Brian Kidd
LF 11 John Aston
Substitute:
GK 12 Jimmy Rimmer
Manager:
Matt Busby

Man of the Match:
John Aston (Manchester United)[3]

Linesmen:
Aurelio Angonese (Italy)
Francesco Francescon (Italy)

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Denis Law". nationalfootballmuseum.com. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Morgan, Steve (14 April 2009). "Portuguese links: A-M". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 

External links

  • Colour video footage of the victory
  • 1967–68 season at UEFA website
  • European Cup results at Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
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