1968 European Cup Final

1968 European Cup Final
1968 European Cup Final
Event European Cup 1967–68
Date 29 May 1968
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match John Aston (Manchester United)
Referee Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)
Attendance 92,225

The 1968 European Cup Final was the 13th European Cup Final and the culmination of the 1967–68 European Cup, a club football tournament for the champions of European leagues. The match was held at Wembley Stadium, London, on 29 May 1968, between Manchester United of England and Benfica of Portugal. United beat the Portuguese champions 4–1 after extra time.

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. The score remained at 1–1 until the end of normal time, forcing the match into extra time, but it might not have ended that way had Alex Stepney not made a crucial save when one-on-one with Eusébio.

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.[1]

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 ten 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


Match details

29 May 1968
Benfica Portugal 1 – 4 (a.e.t.) England Manchester United Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 92,225
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)
Graça Goal 75' Report Charlton Goal 53'99'
Best Goal 93'
Kidd Goal 94'
Manchester United
GK 1 Portugal José Henrique
RB 2 Portugal Adolfo Calisto
CB 3 Portugal Humberto Fernandes
CB 4 Portugal Jacinto Santos
LB 5 Portugal Fernando Cruz
RM 6 Portugal Jaime Graça
CM 7 Portugal Mário Coluna (c)
LM 8 Portugal José Augusto
RF 9 Portugal José Torres
CF 10 Portugal Eusébio
LF 11 Portugal António Simões
12 Portugal Nascimento
Brazil Otto Glória
Benfica vs Man Utd 1968-05-29.svg
GK 1 England Alex Stepney
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Shay Brennan
CB 5 England Bill Foulkes
CB 10 England David Sadler
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Tony Dunne
RM 4 Scotland Pat Crerand
CM 9 England Bobby Charlton (c)
LM 6 England Nobby Stiles
RF 7 Northern Ireland George Best
CF 8 England Brian Kidd
LF 11 England John Aston
GK 12 England Jimmy Rimmer
Scotland Matt Busby

Man of the Match:
England John Aston[2]

Italy Aurelio Angonese (Venice)
Italy Francesco Francescon (Padua)



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Morgan, Steve (14 April 2009). "Portuguese links: A-M". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={6DDFCB6E-3471-4E45-9385-F04D05F4A70D}&newsid=6630676. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 

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