Match Summary
Following the withdrawal of Ajax Amsterdam (due to the unsavoury incidents in the games between Estudiantes from Argentina and the Dutch side PSV Eindhoven the previous year), Nacional played its first Intercontinental Cup Final in 1971 against Panathinaikos, the European Cup runners-up. In the first leg, Flylakouris put the Greeks ahead only to see Luis Artime equalise to secure a 1-1 draw. Artime then struck twice in the second leg to give his side a 2-1 victory and secure the trophy.

Key players
The Argentine Luis Artime bagged Nacional's three goals in the 1971 Intercontinental Cup success (1-1, 2-1). Even prior to this, he had earned himself a reputation as one of South America's leading marksmen, particularly for his impressive tally of 50 goals for River Plate over the 1962 and 1963 seasons. He boasts an enviable record: champion of Argentina with Independiente (1966, 20 goals), champion of Uruguay, winner of the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup with Nacional.

"I enjoyed success with all my clubs. I didn't keep count the number of goals I scored over my career, but it must be around 400," he says. "I scored 24 goals in 25 appearances for my country over an eight-year period. There were a lot fewer international matches in those days." Finally, when asked how he would describe himself as a footballer, he replies immediately: "I was a goalscorer, the guy who touches the ball last before it goes in. I was an opportunist."

Having guided Nacional to their 1971 Intercontinental Cup success, Washington Etchemendi died tragically on 30 May 1976 during the match between his new side Deportivo Cali and Santa Fé.

First leg: 15 December 1971 at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens
Panathinaikos and Nacional: 1-1
approximately 60,000 spectators
Referee: Favilli Neto (Brazil)
Goal: Fylakouris (48) for Panathinaikos, Luis Artime (50) for Nacional
Panathinaikos: Oikonomoupoulos, Tomaras, Athanassopoulos, Eletherakis, Kapsis, Sourpris, Fylakouris, Dimitrou, Antoniadis, Domazos, Kouvas.
Nacional: Manga, Brunell, Masnik, Ubiña, Montero Castillo, Blanco, Cubilla, Espárrago, Maneiro, Artime, Morales.
Coach: Washington Etchamendi
Second leg: 28 December 1971 at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo
Nacional beat Panathinaikos 2:1
63,000 spectators
Goals: Luis Artime (34 and 74) for Nacional, Antoniadis (89) for Panathinaikos
Nacional: Manga, Brunell, Masnik, Ubiña, Montero Castillo, Blanco, Cubilla, Maneiro, Espárrago, Artime, Mamelli.
Coach: Washington Etchamendi.
Panathinaikos: Oikonomoupoulos, Mitropolus, Athanassopoulos, Eletherakis, Kapsis, Sourpis, Dimitrou, Kamaras, Antoniadis, Domazos, Kouvas.