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Five greatest European Cup finals between Spanish and Italian clubs

Real Madrid vs. AC Milan, 1957/58

The 1958 final was only the third instalment of the nascent European Cup and the two teams in the summit clash were legitimate title contenders. Having won the first two editions, Real Madrid were the favourites to win the trophy for a third consecutive year but Milan were eager to take the prestigious honour to Italy for the first time.

Juan Schiaffino put the Italians in front in the 59th minute before Alfredo Di Stefano pulled one back for Los Blancos in the 74th. Ernesto Grillo’s 77th minute strike was cancelled just two minutes later by Real Madrid’s Hector Rial, and with the scores tied at 2-2 the match went into extra time. Francisco Gento struck in the 107th minute to keep the European Cup in Madrid.

Barcelona vs. Sampdoria, 1991/92

For all their pedigree and claim to be one of the best teams in Europe, Barcelona had never become European champions going into the 1992 final against Sampdoria.

And the Italians were hell bent on prolonging Barcelona’s wait for another year. The final at London’s Wembley Stadium was a cagey affair as both the sides found it hard to find the back of the net. With the scores tied at 0-0 the match had to go into extra time. Barcelona’s goal-scoring central defender Ronald Koeman stood for a free-kick in the 112th minute and unleashed a ferocious shot past Gianluca Pagliuca to take the Catalans to European glory.

AC Milan vs. Barcelona, 1993/94

Contesting their second final in three years, Barcelona — with Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team — were confident to take home the trophy for a second time in their history. More so because Fabio Capello’s Milan were reeling with a spate of injuries to key personnel.

No one had anticipated what was to follow at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Daniele Massaro scored twice in the first half to give the Italians a 2-0 lead going into half time break, Dejan Savicevic scored immediately after the break before Marcel Desailly struck in the 58th minute to make it a nightmare for Barcelona’s Dream Team.

Real Madrid vs. Juventus, 1997/98

Juvnetus, for all their Italian dominance, have ceded ground to AC Milan when it comes to winning European Cups. Even Inter Milan have a better European record than the Old Lady.

They could have added a third European Cup to their trophy list in the 1998 final but they came up against European royalty, Real Madrid. Predrag Mijatovic scored the only goal of the final in the 66th minute of the game to break the Bianconeri hearts.

Barcelona vs. Juventus, 2014/15

The 2015 final was billed as a battle between Barcelona’s front trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez against the Juventus defence that comprised of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Buffon. Giorgio Chiellini had to miss out due to injury.

However, after a tense one hour that saw Ivan Rakitic and Alvaro Morata score a goal apiece, Barcelona took the lead through Suarez in the 68th minute before Neymar sealed Barcelona’s fifth European Cup win with the last kick of the match.