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1971 European Cup Final

The 1971 European Cup Final was a football match between Ajax of the Netherlands and Panathinaikos of Greece on 2 June 1971 at Wembley Stadium. It was the final match of the 1970–71 season of Europe's premier cup competition, the European Cup. Ajax were appearing in their second final, having lost the 1969 final 4–1 to Italian team Milan. Panathinaikos were appearing in their first final.

1971 European Cup Final
Event1970–71 European Cup
Date2 June 1971
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJack Taylor (England)
The teams walk out before the final.

Both teams progressed through four rounds to reach the final. Ajax comfortably won all of their ties by two goals, except for their 5–1 aggregate victory against Swiss team Basel in the second round. Panathinaikos matches were close affairs, with the exception of their 7–1 aggregate victory against Jeunesse Esch of Luxembourg in the first round. Their quarter-final and semi-final victories were both won via the away goals rule.

Watched by a crowd of 83,179, Ajax took the lead in the 5th minute when Dick van Dijk scored. Ajax extended their lead in the 87th minute when a shot by Arie Haan deflected off defender Anthimos Kapsis and went into the Panathinaikos goal, giving Ajax its first European Cup victory by a score of 2-0.

Route to the finalEdit

  Ajax Round   Panathinaikos
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
  17 Nëntori Tirana 4–2 2–2 (A) 2–0 (H) First round   Jeunesse Esch 7–1 2–1 (A) 5–0 (H)
  Basel 5–1 3–0 (H) 2–1 (A) Second round   Slovan Bratislava 4–2 3–0 (H) 1–2 (A)
  Celtic 3–1 3–0 (H) 0–1 (A) Quarter-finals   Everton 1–1 (a) 1–1 (A) 0–0 (H)
  Atlético Madrid 3–1 0–1 (A) 3–0 (H) Semi-finals   Red Star Belgrade 4–4 (a) 1–4 (A) 3–0 (H)



Ajax  2–0  Panathinaikos
Van Dijk   5'
Haan   87'
Attendance: 83,179
Referee: Jack Taylor (England)
GK 1   Heinz Stuy
SW 2   Velibor Vasović (c)
DF 3   Wim Suurbier
DF 4   Barry Hulshoff
MF 6   Nico Rijnders   46'
MF 7   Johan Neeskens
FW 8   Sjaak Swart   46'
MF 9   Gerrie Mühren
FW 10   Dick van Dijk
FW 11   Piet Keizer
MF 14   Johan Cruyff
DF 12   Horst Blankenburg   46'
MF 15   Arie Haan   46'
GK   Sies Wever
  Rinus Michels
GK 1   Takis Ikonomopoulos
DF 2   Yiannis Tomaras
DF 3   Giorgos Vlachos
MF 4   Kostas Eleftherakis
MF 5   Aristidis Kamaras
DF 6   Frangiskos Sourpis
MF 7   Haris Grammos
FW 8   Totis Filakouris
FW 9   Antonis Antoniadis
FW 10   Mimis Domazos (c)
DF 11   Anthimos Kapsis
GK   Vasilis Constantinou
  Victor Mitropoulos
  Kostas Athanasopoulos
  Mitsos Demetriou
  Dimitris Kaligeris
  Ferenc Puskás

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