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1968 European Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
After extra time
Event1967–68 European Cup
Date29 May 1968
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchJohn Aston
(Manchester United)
RefereeConcetto Lo Bello (Italy)
Attendance92,225
1967
1969

The 1968 European Cup Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 29 May 1968 to determine the winners of the 1967–68 European Cup, the 13th season of the European Cup, a tournament organised by 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.

Route to the final

Flag of Portugal Benfica Round England Manchester United
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Flag of Northern Ireland Glentoran 1–1 (a) 1–1 (A) 0–0 (H) First round Malta Hibernians 4–0 4–0 (H) 0–0 (A)
Flag of France Saint-Étienne 2–1 2–0 (H) 0–1 (A) Second round Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Sarajevo 2–1 0–0 (A) 2–1 (H)
Flag of Hungary Vasas 3–0 0–0 (A) 3–0 (H) Quarter-finals Flag of Poland Górnik Zabrze 2–1 2–0 (H) 0–1 (A)
Flag of Italy Juventus 3–0 2–0 (H) 1–0 (A) Semi-finals Flag of Spain Real Madrid 4–3 1–0 (H) 3–3 (A)

Match

Overview

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.

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 George Best put United in the lead again three minutes into extra time. Picking up the ball 25 yards from goal after the Benfica players failed to deal with Stepney's long kick downfield, Best broke into the penalty area and dribbled round the goalkeeper and rolled the ball into an empty net. 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.

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.

Details

29 May 1968
19:45 BST
Benfica Flag of Portugal 1–4
(a.e.t.)
England Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 92,225
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)
Graça Soccerball 79' Report Charlton Soccerball 53'99'
Best Soccerball 92'
Kidd Soccerball 94'
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Benfica
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Manchester United
GK 1 Flag of Portugal José Henrique
RB 2 Flag of Portugal Adolfo Calisto
CB 3 Flag of Portugal Humberto Fernandes Yellow card 20'
CB 4 Flag of Portugal Jacinto Santos
LB 5 Flag of Portugal Fernando Cruz
RM 6 Flag of Portugal Jaime Graça
CM 7 Flag of Portugal Mário Coluna (c)
LM 8 Flag of Portugal José Augusto
RF 9 Flag of Portugal José Torres
CF 10Flag of Portugal Eusébio
LF 11Flag of Portugal António Simões
Substitute:
GK 12Flag of Portugal Alfredo Henriques Nascimento
Manager:
Brazil Otto Glória
Benfica vs Man Utd 1968-05-29
GK 1 England Alex Stepney
RB 2 Flag of Republic Ireland Shay Brennan
CB 5 England Bill Foulkes
CB 10England David Sadler
LB 3 Flag of Republic Ireland Tony Dunne
RM 4 Scotland Pat Crerand
CM 9 England Bobby Charlton (c)
LM 6 England Nobby Stiles
RF 7 Flag of Northern Ireland George Best
CF 8 England Brian Kidd
LF 11England John Aston
Substitute:
GK 12England Jimmy Rimmer
Manager:
Scotland Matt Busby

Man of the Match:
England John Aston (Manchester United)

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

See also

External links

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