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The 1968–69 season of the European Cup football club tournament was won by Milan, who beat Ajax 4–1 in the final, giving Milan its first European Cup title since 1963, and its second overall. A number of Eastern European clubs withdrew from the first two rounds when UEFA paired up all of the Eastern European clubs against one another.

1968–69 European Cup
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium - panoramio.jpg
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates18 September 1968 – 28 May 1969
Teams32
Final positions
ChampionsItaly Milan (2nd title)
Runners-upNetherlands Ajax
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored176 (3.38 per match)
Top scorer(s)Scotland Denis Law (9 goals)

Substitutions of two players at any game time were allowed; obligatory match dates were introduced (two weeks between the legs) and fixed on Wednesdays; the away goal rule was extended to the first and second rounds.

Manchester United, the defending champions, were eliminated by Milan in the semi-finals.

Contents

BracketEdit

First round   Second round   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
   Malmö FF 2 1 3  
   Milan 1 4 5        Milan Bye  
   Dynamo Kyiv     (w)       
   Ruch Chorzów     (o)          Milan 0 1 1  
   Saint-Étienne 0 2 2          Celtic 0 0 0  
   Celtic 0 4 4        Celtic 5 1 6
   Red Star Belgrade     (w)      Red Star Belgrade 1 1 2  
   FC Carl Zeiss Jena     (o)          Milan 2 0 2  
   Waterford 1 1 2          Manchester United 0 1 1  
   Manchester United 3 7 10        Manchester United 3 1 4  
   Anderlecht 3 2 5      Anderlecht 0 3 3  
   Glentoran 0 2 2          Manchester United 3 0 3
   Rosenborg 1 3 4          Rapid Wien 0 0 0  
   Rapid Wien 3 3 6        Rapid Wien 1 1 2
   Real Madrid 6 6 12      Real Madrid 0 2 2  
   AEL 0 0 0          Milan 4
   Nurnberg 1 0 1          Ajax 1
   Ajax 1 4 5        Ajax 2 2 4  
   Manchester City 0 1 1      Fenerbahçe 0 0 0  
   Fenerbahçe 0 2 2          Ajax 1 3 4  
   Valur 0 1 1          Benfica 3 1 4  
   S.L. Benfica 0 8 8        Benfica     Bye
   PFC Levski Sofia     (w)       
   Ferencváros     (o)          Ajax 3 0 3
   Floriana 1 0 1          Spartak Trnava 0 0 2  
   Reipas Lahti 1 2 3        Reipas Lahti 1 1 2  
   Steaua București 3 0 3      Spartak Trnava 9 7 16  
   Spartak Trnava 1 4 5          Spartak Trnava 2 1 3
   AEK Athens 3 2 5          AEK Athens 1 1 2  
   Jeunesse Esch 0 3 3        AEK Athens 0 2 2
   Zürich 1 2 3      AB 0 0 0  
   AB 3 1 4  

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Malmö FF   3–5   Milan 2–1 1–4
Saint-Étienne   2–4   Celtic 2–0 0–4
Red Star Belgrade   (w/o)   Carl Zeiss Jena
Waterford F.C.   2–10   Manchester United 1–3 1–7
Anderlecht   5–2   Glentoran 3–0 2–2
Rosenborg   4–6   Rapid Wien 1–3 3–3
Real Madrid   12–0   AEL 6–0 6–0
Nürnberg   1–5   Ajax 1–1 0–4
Manchester City   1–2   Fenerbahçe 0–0 1–2
Valur   1–8   Benfica 0–0 1–8
Floriana   1–3   Reipas Lahti 1–1 0–2
Steaua București   3–5   Spartak Trnava 3–1 0–4
AEK Athens   5–3   Jeunesse Esch 3–0 2–3
Zürich   3–4   AB 1–3 2–1
Dynamo Kyiv   (w/o)   Ruch Chorzów
Levski-Spartak   (w/o)   Ferencváros

First legEdit

Malmö FF  2–1  Milan
Olsberg   45'
Elmstedt   50'
Report Rivera   58'
Attendance: 23,118


Waterford United  1–3  Manchester United
Matthews   65' Report Law   8'41'55'

Anderlecht  3–0  Glentoran
Bergholtz   18'
Peeters   23'
Nordahl   87'
Report

Rosenborg  1–3  Rapid Wien
Iversen   16' Report Bjerregaard   28'
Kaltenbrunner   65'
Grausam   86'
Attendance: 22,321

Real Madrid  6–0  AEL
Pirri   10'14'63'
Amancio   17'
Pérez   27'
Bueno   75'
Report
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: William Gow (Wales)

Nürnberg  1–1  Ajax
Volkert   6' Report Cruyff   80'

Manchester City  0–0  Fenerbahçe
Report

Valur  0–0  Benfica
Report

Floriana  1–1  Reipas Lahti
Galea   37' (pen.) Report Aalto   28'
Attendance: 10,162

Steaua București  3–1  Spartak Trnava
Creiniceanu   18'
Voinea   30'
Constantin   51'
Report Kuna   75'

AEK Athens  3–0  Jeunesse Esch
Papaioannou   4'
Papageorgiou   56' (pen.)
Karafeskos   58' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 16,205
Referee: Fabio Monti (Italy)

Zürich  1–3  AB
Winiger   50' Report Hansen   22'
Wiberg   25'
Petersen   62'
Attendance: 17,000

Second legEdit

Milan  4–1  Malmö FF
Prati   32'69'
Sormani   62'
Rivera   88'
Report Ljungberg   16'
Attendance: 61,932

Milan won 5–3 on aggregate.


Celtic  4–0  Saint-Étienne
Gemmell   44' (pen.)
Craig   59'
Chalmers   66'
McBride   87'
Report
Attendance: 73,059

Celtic won 4–2 on aggregate.


Manchester United  7–1  Waterford United
Stiles   37'
Law   41'47'60'71'
Burns   68'
Charlton   84'
Report Casey   69'

Manchester United won 10–2 on aggregate.


Glentoran  2–2  Anderlecht
Morrow   27'
Johnston   55'
Report Devrindt   24'
Bergholtz   58'
Attendance: 12,384

Anderlecht won 5–2 on aggregate.


Rapid Wien  3–3  Rosenborg
Lindman   10'80'
Kaltenbrunner   17'
Report Iversen   21'34'87'
Attendance: 1,570

Rapid Wien won 6–4 on aggregate.


AEL  0–6  Real Madrid
Report Velázquez   7'10'
José Luis   9'
Veloso   84'
Ortega   86'
Zunzunegui   87'

Real Madrid won 12–0 on aggregate.


Ajax  4–0  Nürnberg
Swart   22'51'
Groot   86' (pen.)
Cruyff   89'
Report

Ajax won 5–1 on aggregate.


Fenerbahçe  2–1  Manchester City
Çevrim   48'
Altıparmak   76'
Report Coleman   11'

Fenerbahçe won 2–1 on aggregate.


Benfica  8–1  Valur
Simões   4'
Jacinto   7'
Torres   11'47'79'
Eusébio   20'
Coluna   27'
José Augusto   48'
Report Gunnarsson   68'
Attendance: 24,389

Benfica won 8–1 on aggregate.


Reipas Lahti  2–0  Floriana
Holtari   56' (57) Report
Attendance: 2,212

Reipas Lahti won 3–1 on aggregate.


Spartak Trnava  4–0  Steaua București
Švec   4'
Adamec   58'76'80'
Report
Attendance: 11,879

Spartak Trnava won 5–3 on aggregate.


Jeunesse Esch  3–2  AEK Athens
Hoffmann   5'
Drouet   45'
Langer   87'
Report Ventouris   16'35'

AEK Athens won 5–3 on aggregate.


AB  1–2  Zürich
Petersen   53' Report Künzli   42'80'

AB won 4–3 on aggregate.

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Milan   Bye
Celtic   6–2   Red Star Belgrade 5–1 1–1
Manchester United   4–3   Anderlecht 3–0 1–3
Rapid Wien   2–2 (a)   Real Madrid 1–0 1–2
Ajax   4–0   Fenerbahçe 2–0 2–0
Benfica   Bye
Reipas Lahti   2–16   Spartak Trnava 1–9 1–7
AEK Athens   2–0   AB 0–0 2–0

First legEdit

Celtic  5–1  Red Star Belgrade
Murdoch   3'
Johnstone   46'81'
Lennox   48'
Wallace   74'
Report Lazarević   39'
Attendance: 65,248

Manchester United  3–0  Anderlecht
Kidd   52'
Law   70'78'
Report

Rapid Wien  1–0  Real Madrid
Kaltenbrunner   55' Report
Attendance: 44,800

Ajax  2–0  Fenerbahçe
Nuninga   14'
Muller   74'
Report
Attendance: 54,812

Reipas Lahti  1–9  Spartak Trnava
Hyvärinen   88' Report Hagara   14'
Kabát   20'80'
Švec   23'61'83'
Martinkovič   46'
Hrušecký   54'
Adamec   64'
Attendance: 6,000

AEK Athens  0–0  AB
Report

Second legEdit

Red Star Belgrade  1–1  Celtic
Ostojić   90' Report Wallace   72'

Celtic won 6–2 on aggregate.


Anderlecht  3–1  Manchester United
Mulder   18'
Bergholtz   38'78'
Report Sartori   8'

Manchester United won 4–3 on aggregate.


Real Madrid  2–1  Rapid Wien
Velázquez   41'
Pirri   83'
Report Bjerregaard   48'

Rapid Wien won 2–2 on away goals.


Fenerbahçe  0–2  Ajax
Report Keizer   55'
Nuninga   88'
Attendance: 33,863

Ajax won 4–0 on aggregate.


Spartak Trnava  7–1  Reipas Lahti
Hagara   15'
Dobiaš   20'49' (pen.)64'
Kuna   27'
Adamec   37'
Hrušecký   53'
Report Niskakoski   75'

Spartak Trnava won 16–2 on aggregate.


AB  0–2  AEK Athens
Report Stamatiadis   26'
Papaioannou   80'

AEK Athens won 2–0 on aggregate.

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Milan   1–0   Celtic 0–0 1–0
Manchester United   3–0   Rapid Wien 3–0 0–0
Ajax   4–41   Benfica 1–3 3–1
Spartak Trnava   3–2   AEK Athens 2–1 1–1

1 Ajax beat Benfica 3–0 in a play-off to reach the semi-finals.

First legEdit

Milan  0–0  Celtic
Report

Manchester United  3–0  Rapid Wien
Best   44'70'
Morgan   70'
Report
Attendance: 62,726

Ajax  1–3  Benfica
Danielsson   48' Report Santos   31' (pen.)
Torres   36'
José Augusto   61'

Spartak Trnava  2–1  AEK Athens
Jarábek   25'
Kabát   44'
Report Sevastopoulos   60'
Attendance: 10,747

Second legEdit

Celtic  0–1  Milan
Report Prati   12'

Milan won 1–0 on aggregate.


Manchester United won 3–0 on aggregate.


Benfica  1–3  Ajax
Torres   70' Report Danielsson   9'
Cruyff   12'32'
Attendance: 60,000

4–4 on aggregate. Tie is decided by a tie-breaker match on neutral ground.


AEK Athens  1–1  Spartak Trnava
Papaioannou   77' Report Švec   23'
Attendance: 29,842

Spartak Trnava won 3–2 on aggregate.

Tie-breakersEdit

Ajax  3–0 (a.e.t.)  Benfica
Cruyff   93'
Danielsson   105'108'
Report

Ajax win the tie-breaker.

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Milan   2–1   Manchester United 2–0 0–1
Ajax   3–2   Spartak Trnava 3–0 0–2

First legEdit

Milan  2–0  Manchester United
Sormani   33'
Hamrin   49'
Report
Attendance: 80,050

Ajax  3–0  Spartak Trnava
Cruyff   27'
Swart   52'
Keizer   60'
Report
Attendance: 55,490

Second legEdit

Manchester United  1–0  Milan
Charlton   70' Report
Attendance: 63,103

Milan won 2–1 on aggregate.


Spartak Trnava  2–0  Ajax
Kuna   27'49' Report
Attendance: 22,938

Ajax won 3–2 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

Milan  4–1  Ajax
Prati   7'40'75'
Sormani   67'
Report Vasović   60' (pen.)

Top scorersEdit

External linksEdit