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Milan find perfect pitch in dream final

Published: Wednesday 18 May 1994, 23.11CET
AC Milan 4-0 FC Barcelona
"This was perfection," Fabio Capello said after his Milan side belied expectations and suspensions to stun Barcelona in Athens.

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Published: Wednesday 18 May 1994, 23.11CET

Milan find perfect pitch in dream final

AC Milan 4-0 FC Barcelona
"This was perfection," Fabio Capello said after his Milan side belied expectations and suspensions to stun Barcelona in Athens.

For the first time in living memory AC Milan approached a European Champion Clubs' Cup final as underdogs, their suspension-hit back line expected to buckle under the weight of FC Barcelona's attacking talent.

Yet Fabio Capello had not read the script, his decision to fight forward fire with fire catching everyone unawares. Two Daniele Massaro goals earned the initiative and when Dejan Savićević made it 3-0 with an exquisite lob soon after half-time, the game was up. Marcel Desailly set seal on a memorable triumph.

"I will take three things back home with me," Massaro said after the game. "The two goals and Hristo Stoichkov's jersey; he's an idol for me." Respect not deference was the order of the day in Athens as, with Demetrio Albertini pulling the strings in midfield, the Rossoneri piled forward from the off.

Christian Panucci had already had a goal disallowed when Massaro broke the deadlock midway through the first period, prodding in at the far post after Savićević had made light work of Josep Guardiola on the right flank.

Massaro doubled the advantage on the cusp of half-time and Johan Cruyff's feted Barcelona side knew it was not their day when Sergi Barjuán dallied too long on a bouncing ball and Savićević pounced, looked up and lobbed Andoni Zubizarreta from distance.

Il Genio (The Genius) might have had another but hit the upright, though Desailly made no mistake just before the hour, powering into the box and placing into the top corner.

So it was Mauro Tassotti – captain for the day with Franco Baresi suspended alongside Alessandro Costacurta – who lifted the trophy. Having been denied by Olympique de Marseille 12 months earlier, Milan won the Scudetto and European Cup in the same season for the first time. "This," announced Capello, "is perfection."

Last updated: 20/06/14 13.28CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

barcelona

Barcelona

1
RossiSebastiano Rossi
1
ZubizarretaAndoni Zubizarreta
2
TassottiMauro Tassotti (C)
Yellow Card35
3
GuardiolaJosep Guardiola
3
PanucciChristian Panucci
Yellow Card88
5
NadalMiguel Nadal
Yellow Card54
4
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
Yellow Card53
6
BakeroJosé Mari Bakero (C)
Yellow Card48
5
GalliFilippo Galli
7
Sergi BarjuánSergi Barjuán
Yellow Card55
Substitution71
6
MaldiniPaolo Maldini
Substitution83
8
StoichkovHristo Stoichkov
Yellow Card24
7
DonadoniRoberto Donadoni
9
AmorGuillermo Amor
9
BobanZvonimir Boban
10
RomárioRomário
10
SavićevićDejan Savićević
Goal47
11
BegiristainAitor Begiristain
Substitution51
11
MassaroDaniele Massaro
Goal22
Yellow Card45
Goal45+3

Substitutes

12
IelpoMario Ielpo
13
BusquetsCarlos Busquets
13
NavaStefano Nava
Substitution83
14
EusebioEusebio
Substitution51
14
CarboneAngelo Carbone
16
Quique EstebaranzQuique Estebaranz
Substitution71
15
LentiniGianluigi Lentini
12
Juan CarlosJuan Carlos
16
SimoneMarco Simone
15
GoikoetxeaAntonio Goikoetxea

Coach

Fabio Capello (ITA) Johan Cruyff (NED)

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