Season 1999-2000


As the 20th Century drew to a close, UEFA responded to suggestions of a breakaway by Europes top clubs by introducing a further expansion of the Champions League. Now the top ranked countries could have up to four teams in the competition with both the champions and runners-up in the leading six leagues going straight through to the group stage. There would now be 71 teams participating which meant that three qualifying rounds would now be required. Before the group stages had begun there were eliminations for Parma (1-2 v Rangers), AEK Athens (0-1 v AIK Stockholm) and Mallorca (on away goals v Molde.)

Rangers v Parma/Parma v Rangers

Lazio soon took control of Group A. The Italians drew away to Bayer Leverkusen and beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 at home, before beating Maribor 4-0 both home and away. Dynamo Kiev had only one point from their first three games, but a 4-2 win over Leverkusen brought them back into contention. Bayer would still have qualified as runners-up if they had beaten Maribor at home, but a goalless draw sent Dynamo through despite having won only 7 points.

Lazio v Dynamo Kiev

Arsenal started Group B well with draws away to both Fiorentina and Barcelona along with a 3-1 victory at home to AIK of Stockholm. But after Barcelona went to Wembley and won a thrilling match 4-2, Arsenal were eliminated when a superb goal from Gabriel Batistuta gave Fiorentina a 1-0 win.

Arsenal v Fiorentina

Rosenborg surprisingly took control of Group C with 3-0 wins away to both Boavista and Borussia Dortmund and had already won the group before the final set of games. Despite only having won once Borussia Dortmund went into their final match in second place ahead of Feyenoord who had drawn all five of their games. The Germans needed a win away to Boavista to join Rosenborg in the next stage, but a surprise 1-0 defeat in Portugal saw Feyenoord squeeze through as they beat Rosenborg by the same score.

Borussia Dortmund v Rosenborg

Holders Manchester United began their campaign in disappointing fashion with a goalless draw against Croatia Zagreb, but it soon became clear that Group D would see them and Marseille progressing through to the next round. A surprise 3-2 win for Sturm Graz over the French side meant that Marseille needed a point from their last game to be absolutely sure of qualification, but a 2-2 draw at home to Croatia Zagreb saw them through behind United.

Manchester United v Marseille

Real Madrid began Group E by coming from behind in a 3-3 draw away to Olympiakos. From then on they won 4 of their 5 remaining games to win the group. Porto also qualified comfortably, finishing five points clear of the Greeks despite losing their final game in Athens.

Real Madrid v Olympiakos

Group F began with Bayern Munich beating PSV Eindhoven and Valencia defeating Rangers, but when Rangers beat PSV home and away they were in a strong position. In the penultimate round of games, Valencia won 2-1 in Glasgow to qualify, but Rangers still only needed to draw away to Bayern to clinch second place. Despite having the better of the match, however, Rangers were beaten by a Strunz penalty.

Bayern Munich v Rangers

Sparta Prague and Bordeaux opened Group G with a goalless draw and then proceeded to dominate the group, finishing unbeaten and a full 7 points clear of third placed Spartak Moscow with Dutch side Willem II last.

Spartak Moscow v Sparta Prague

Milan started well in Group H with a 0-0 draw away to Chelsea and a 2-1 win over Galatasaray, but they failed to win another game and a 3-2 defeat in Turkey in their final match saw them finish bottom of the group. Chelsea won the group with three victories, including an impressive 5-0 win away to Galatasaray. Milans last game defeat meant that Hertha Berlin squeezed through on 8 points>

Galatasaray v Chelsea

The 16 teams that qualified from the first round groups were now drawn into four further groups with the top two from each qualifying for the quarter-finals. Holders Manchester United lost their opening game 0-2 away to Fiorentina, but won their next four matches to win the group. After three games the Italians were well placed to qualify, but they only took one point from their final three games and finished behind Valencia whose goalless draw with United in the final game was enough to see them through in second place.

Manchester United v Fiorentina

Barcelona drew their opening game of Group A away to Hertha Berlin before winning their remaining five matches to top the group. Porto's first two games were a 2-0 win over Sparta in Prague and a 1-0 victory against Hertha. That set them up to comfortably take the runner-up spot.

Barcelona v Porto

In the second group stage, Rosenborg were unable to continue their first group form. After drawing their opening match against Bayern they went on to lose all of their remaining games and so finish in a distant fourth place. After that first game in Norway, Bayern then won four games in a row, including impressive 4-2 and 4-1 wins over Real Madrid, to win the group. Real Madrids 2-1 win away to Dynamo Kiev meant that they were always just ahead of the Ukrainians, and a final day 1-0 win over Rosenborg confirmed their progress to the quarter-finals.

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich

Feyenoord began Group D with a 3-1 defeat away to Chelsea, but wins over Marseille and in Rome against Lazio put them top of the table at the halfway point. But two goalless draws and another 3-1 loss to Chelsea left them in 3rd place behind Lazio and Chelsea who made it through to the last eight.

Feyenoord v Chelsea

The Quarter-Final draw pitted the 1998 winners Real Madrid and the 1999 winners Manchester United against each other. A goalless draw in Spain was followed by a Real masterclass at Old Trafford where the Spaniards took a 3-0 lead to effectively finish the tie. Manchester United did hit back with two late goals, but it was too little too late. Real Madrid's performance at Old Trafford was just one of three memorable wins for Spanish teams in the quarter-finals. Elsewhere, Valencia had an exhilerating 5-2 win at home to Lazio which eventually saw them win 5-3 on aggregate, and Barcelona, after being beaten 3-1 away to Chelsea, came back to win the second leg 5-1 in the Nou Camp to complete a trio of Spanish clubs in the last four. The closest tie was between Porto and Bayern Munich, with the Germans finally winning 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a goal from Michael Tarnat in the third minute of second leg injury time.

Bayern Munich v Porto

Another thrilling home performance from Valencia was enough to knock out Barcelona and see them through to their first ever Champions League final. A crushing 4-1 win gave Barca too steep a hill to climb and Valencia made it to the final with a 5-3 aggregate win.

Valencia v Barcelona

The other semi-final was a closer affair. Real Madrid were in a strong position after a 2-0 win in the Bernabeu, but when Carsten Jancker scored for Bayern early in the second leg the tie was very much up for grabs. On half an hour, however, a headed equaliser from Nicolas Anelka put Real back in charge and although Bayern scored again in the second half, Real Madrid went through to the first ever final involving two teams from the same country.

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

In the Final in Paris, Valencia rarely produced anything like the thrilling attacking play that had seen them despatch Lazio and Barcelona with such ease. Real Madrid dominated the game and emerged as comfortable winners for the 8th time in their history. A Morientes header just before half-time gave Real the lead which was later doubled by an impressive McManaman volley from the edge of the penalty area. When Raul ran 70 yards with the ball before rounding Canizares in the Valencia goal and making it 3-0, the game was over and the cup was Real Madrid's once more.

2000 European Cup Final (Paris)
Real Madrid 3 Valencia 0
Real Madrid:
Casillas, Salgado (Hierro), Ivan Campo, Helguera, Karanka, Roberto Carlos, McManaman, Redondo, Raul, Morientes (Savio), Anelka (Sanchis)
Scorers: Morientes, McManaman, Raul
Valencia: Canizares, Angloma, Djukic, Pellegrino, Gerardo (Ilie), Mendieta, Farinos, Gerard, Kily Gonzalez, Claudio Lopez, Angulo

You can find details of all the results on the RSSSF website here.

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