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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 Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, on 29 May 1968, between Manchester United of Englandmarker and Benfica of Portugalmarker. The Portuguese champions lost to their English opponents 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'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 disastermarker, in which eight players had been killed and manager Matt Busby had been left fighting for his life.

Match details





BENFICA:
GK 1 José Henrique
RB 2 Adolfo Calisto
CB 3 Humberto Fernandes
CB 4 Jacinto Santos
LB 5 Fernando Cruz
RM 6 Jaime Graça
CM 7 Mário Coluna (c)
LM 8 José Augusto
RF 9 José Torres
CF 10 Eusébio
LF 11 António Simões
Substitute:
12 Nascimento
Manager:
Otto Glória


MANCHESTER UNITED:
GK 1 Alex Stepney
RB 2 Shay Brennan
CB 5 Bill Foulkes
CB 10 David Sadler
LB 3 Tony Dunne
RM 4 Pat Crerand
CM 9 Bobby Charlton (c)
LM 6 Nobby Stiles
RF 7 George Best
CF 8 Brian Kidd
LF 11 John Aston
Substitute:
GK 12 Jimmy Rimmer
Manager:
Matt Busby
Man of the Match:

John Aston

Linesmen

Aurelio Angonese (Venice)

Francesco Francescon (Padua)


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Notes

  1. {{cite news |first=Steve |last=Morgan |title=Portuguese links: A-M |url=http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={6DDFCB6E-3471-4E45-9385-F04D05F4A70D}&newsid=6630676 |work=ManUtd.com |publisher=Manchester United |date=14 April 2009 |accessdate=14 April 2009 }}


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