1978/79: Barcelona win seven-goal thriller

Friday 1 June 1979
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Juan Asensi celebrates winning the UEFA Cup Winners' CupJuan Asensi celebrates winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (©Getty Images)

FC Barcelona 4-3 Fortuna Düsseldorf (aet)
St-Jakob Park, Basle

FC Barcelona put a Spanish name on the trophy for the first time in 17 years, beating Fortuna Düsseldorf in a magnificent final. With Johan Neeskens’ midfield aggression and with Juan Manuel Asensi and Carles Rexach offering creative support to Austrian striker Hans Krankl, Barcelona were a formidable outfit.

Acid test
Their acid test came against the defending champions, RSC Anderlechtois, in the second round. After losing 3-0 in Brussels, they won 3-0 at home and triumphed in the penalty shoot-out. They reached the final with a double 1-0 against SK Beveren, conquerors of Internazionale FC in the quarter-finals.

Easy passage
Fortuna Düsseldorf had an easier run to the final, though they needed the away-goals rule to dispatch Servette FC. They had a potent front line where the Allofs brothers, Thomas and Klaus, teamed up with tricky winger Wolfgang Seel. Even so, they travelled to Basle as underdogs.

Fitting finale
The final soon caught fire. José Vicente Sánchez put Barcelona ahead after five minutes only for Klaus Allofs to reply three minutes later. Asensi restored the Catalans’ lead just after the half-hour, but Seel made it 2-2 four minutes before the break. No goals were scored in the second half, but thoughts of a drab, fear-ridden extra-time soon vanished. Rexach sent the Catalan fans wild with a goal after 104 minutes and Krankl seemed to have delivered the coup de grâce when he made it 4-2 . But, back came the Germans with a 114th-minute goal by Seel which had Barcelona hanging on for the final whistle.

FC Barcelona - Fortuna Düsseldorf 4 - 3*
Stage Final
Half-Time 2 - 2
Date 16.05.1979
Kick-Off 19:15:00
Venue St. Jakob
City/Town Basle
Attendance 58,500
Referee PALOTAI Károly (HUN)
* - after extra-time
Match Report
4' ZIMMERMANN Gerd (out) /
LUND Flemming (in)
5' SANCHEZ José Vicente
8' ALLOFS Thomas
24' BREI Dieter (out) /
WEIKL Josef (in)
34' ASENSI Juan Manuel
41' SEEL Wolfgang
57' ALBALADEJO Joaquin (out) /
DE LA CRUZ Antonio (in)
68' COSTAS Enrique (out) /
MARTINEZ Francisco (in)
103' REXACH Carlos
111' KRANKL Hans
114' SEEL Wolfgang
Team Line-Ups
FC Barcelona Fortuna Düsseldorf
ARTOLA Pedro (G) DANIEL Jörg (G)
ZUVIRIA Rafael Zuviria BREI Dieter
'MIGUELI' ZEWE Gerd (C)
COSTAS Enrique ZIMMERMANN Gerd
ALBALADEJO Joaquin BALTES Heiner
SANCHEZ José Vicente KÖHNEN Egon
NEESKENS Johan SCHMITZ Hubert
ASENSI Juan Manuel (C) ALLOFS Thomas
REXACH Carlos BOMMER Manfred
KRANKL Hans ALLOFS Klaus
CARRASCO José Francisco SEEL Wolfgang
Used Substitutes
DE LA CRUZ Antonio LUND Flemming
MARTINEZ Francisco WEIKL Josef
Head Coach
RIFÉ Joaquím TIPPENHAUER Dieter

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