1994 UEFA Champions League Final
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|Event||1993–94 UEFA Champions League|
|Date||18 May 1994|
|Venue||Olympic Stadium, Athens|
|Referee||Philip Don (England)|
Barcelona were favourites to win their second European Cup/UEFA Champions League in three years, having just won La Liga for the fourth year in a row. Milan's preparation before the final was in disarray: legendary striker Marco van Basten was still out with a long-term injury, and £13 million young sensation Gianluigi Lentini (then world's most expensive footballer) was also injured; sweeper and captain, Franco Baresi was suspended, as was defender Alessandro Costacurta; and UEFA regulations at the time that limited teams to fielding a maximum of three non-nationals meant that coach Fabio Capello was forced to leave out Florin Răducioiu, Jean-Pierre Papin and Brian Laudrup. On Barcelona's side, the rule saw Johan Cruyff choosing not to pick Michael Laudrup in his squad for the final which caused Capello to state after the game: "Laudrup was the guy I feared but Cruyff left him out, and that was his mistake". Laudrup left Barcelona for their arch-rival, Real Madrid, at the end of the season.
Milan played in their all-white away strip, which historically they use in finals of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, while Barcelona played in their red and blue strip. Milan dominated early and were rewarded when Dejan Savićević ran down the right flank and passed to Daniele Massaro, who tapped the ball into an empty net. Massaro banged in his second just before half-time to make it 2–0 after a solo run by Roberto Donadoni down the left wing.
In the 47th minute, Savićević capitalised on a defensive error by Miguel Ángel Nadal to lob goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta for the third goal. Eight minutes later, after Savićević had hit a post and the Barcelona defence had failed to clear, Milan defender Marcel Desailly beat the offside trap to make it 4–0, which ended up being the final score. Desailly became the first player to win the trophy in consecutive years with different clubs after winning with Marseille in 1993.
In the following table, finals until 1992 were in the European Cup era, since 1993 were in the UEFA Champions League era.
|Team||Previous final appearances (bold indicates winners)|
|Milan||6 (1958, 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1993)|
|Barcelona||3 (1961, 1986, 1992)|
Road to the final
|Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg||Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg|
|FC Aarau||1–0||1–0 (A)||0–0 (H)||First round||Dynamo Kyiv||5–4||1–3 (A)||4–1 (H)|
|Copenhagen||7–0||6–0 (A)||1–0 (H)||Second round||Austria Wien||5–1||3–0 (H)||2–1 (A)|
|Anderlecht||0–0 (A)||Matchday 1||Galatasaray||0–0 (A)|
|Porto||3–0 (H)||Matchday 2||Monaco||2–0 (H)|
|Werder Bremen||2–1 (H)||Matchday 3||Spartak Moscow||2–2 (A)|
|Werder Bremen||1–1 (A)||Matchday 4||Spartak Moscow||5–1 (H)|
|Anderlecht||0–0 (H)||Matchday 5||Galatasaray||3–0 (H)|
|Porto||0–0 (A)||Matchday 6||Monaco||1–0 (A)|
|Group B winner |
|Final standings||Group A winner |
|Monaco||3–0 (H)||Semi-finals||Porto||3–0 (H)|
|Massaro 22', 45+2' |
- 1989 European Super Cup – contested between same teams
- A.C. Milan in European football
- FC Barcelona in international football competitions
- ABC(spanish newspaper), 20 May 1994
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