1978/79: Barcelona win seven-goal thrillerFriday 1 June 1979
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.
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.
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.
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*|
|Half-Time||2 - 2|
|Referee||PALOTAI Károly (HUN)|
|* - after extra-time|
|4'||ZIMMERMANN Gerd (out) / |
LUND Flemming (in)
|5'||SANCHEZ José Vicente|
|24'||BREI Dieter (out) / |
WEIKL Josef (in)
|34'||ASENSI Juan Manuel|
|57'||ALBALADEJO Joaquin (out) / |
DE LA CRUZ Antonio (in)
|68'||COSTAS Enrique (out) / |
MARTINEZ Francisco (in)
|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|
|DE LA CRUZ Antonio||LUND Flemming|
|MARTINEZ Francisco||WEIKL Josef|
|RIFÉ Joaquím||TIPPENHAUER Dieter|
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