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Season 2003-04



The qualifying rounds saw two former winners eliminated. Benfica lost 4-1 on aggregate to Lazio, while Borussia Dortmund were beaten in a penalty shootout by Club Brugge.


Benfica v Lazio/Borussia Dortmund v Club Brugge


In Group A, Bayern Munich and Lyon both started their campaigns with wins, but then struggled for results and needed to win their final games to qualify. Bayern beat Anderlecht 1-0 to go through, while Lyon needed a late penalty to beat Celtic 3-2.


Bayern Munich v Celtic


Internazionale began Group B with a 3-0 win away to Arsenal and a 2-1 victory against Dynamo Kiev, but they failed to win another game and eventually finished in third place. Arsenal remarkably came back from having just one point after three games to end up winning the group. Having lost their opening game 3-0 at home to Inter they gained revenge with a 5-1 win in Milan and went through along with Lokomotiv Moscow.


Arsenal v Internazionale/Internazionale v Arsenal


Group C featured a remarkable 8-3 win for Monaco over Deportivo La Coruna. Monaco won the group and the Spaniards recovered to finish second ahead of PSV Eindhoven and AEK Athens.


Monaco v Deportivo La Coruna


Juventus and Real Sociedad were always in control of Group D. Juve finished the group with a 7-0 win over Olympiakos. Galatasaray ended in third place.


Juventus v Olympiakos/Olympiakos v Real Sociedad


Stuttgart were beaten by Rangers in their opening Group E match, but then won their next four games to qualify behind Manchester United who won five of their six games to top the group.


Manchester United v Rangers


Group F saw Real Madrid win the group comfortably without defeat. Porto recovered from an early home defeat to Real to finish well ahead of Marseille and Partizan Belgrade.


Porto v Real Madrid/Partizan Belgrade v Porto


Lazio began their Group G campaign with an impressive 2-0 win away to Besiktas, but they failed to win another game and finished the group in last place. Chelsea won four of their games, including a 4-0 win in Rome, to be clear group winners. Sparta Prague qualified in second place thanks to a last minute winner in their final game.


Lazio v Chelsea/Sparta Prague v Lazio


Holders Milan began the defence of their title with a 1-0 win over Ajax and then, despite losing their other two home games, went on to qualify with a game to spare. After three games Ajax were well placed with six points, but lost their last three games to finish last. FC Brugge had wins over both Ajax and Milan, but Celta Vigo's last day win away to Milan saw the Spaniards finish a point ahead of Brugge in second place.



Milan v Club Brugge/Milan v Celta Vigo


There was a new format for this seasons competition with the second round group stage being replaced by a straight knockout round. The most enticing tie of the round was between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. After a 1-1 draw in Munich, Real won 1-0 thanks to a Zidane goal in the second leg to reach the quarter-finals.


Real Madrid v Bayern Munich


There were comfortable wins for holders Milan (4-1 against Sparta Prague) and for Arsenal (5-2 against Celta Vigo.)


Celta Vigo v Arsenal/Milan v Sparta Prague


There were also several very close encounters. Monaco recovered from being 2-0 down in Moscow to knock Lokomotiv out on away goals. One own goal in Stuttgart was enough to see Chelsea through, and two 1-0 wins for Lyon knocked out Real Sociedad.


Stuttgart v Chelsea/Monaco v Lokomotiv Moscow


Two of the favourites were surprisingly defeated. Previous years finalists Juventus lost both legs 1-0 to Deportivo to go out. Manchester United lost 2-1 away to Porto, but were set to go through thanks to a Scholes goal in the return game until Costinha scored in the last minute to send the Portugese side through.


Juventus v Deportivo/Manchester United v Porto


The quarter-finals contained some of the most remarkable ties in the competitions history.The two favourites were sent crashing out after having appeared to be in total control of their contests. Milan won their home leg 4-1 against Deportivo but were then thrashed 4-0 in the return to go out. Real Madrid beat Monaco 4-2 and then went a goal ahead in the return, but Monaco came back with three goals and knocked Real out on away goals.


Deportivo v Milan/Monaco v Real Madrid


Porto progressed relatively comfortably with a 4-2 aggregate win over Lyon, but there was another surprise in England. Arsenal, who had beaten Chelsea three times already in domestic competitions, drew their away leg 1-1 and took the lead in the return. But two Chelsea goals were enough to take the underdogs through to the semi-finals along with Porto, Monaco and Deportivo La Coruna. The competition was now wide open.


Arsenal v Chelsea/Porto v Lyon


Chelsea were then well fancied to get the better of Monaco, but again there was a surprise. With the first leg at 1-1 in Monte Carlo, the home team were reduced to ten men, but they still recovered to win 3-1. Then in the return Chelsea led 2-0, but Monaco hit back for a 2-2 draw that saw them into the final.


Monaco v Chelsea/Chelsea v Monaco


The other semi-final was settled by one penalty kick. Deportivo drew 0-0 away to Porto, but in the second leg the Portugese side won a penalty on the hour and Derlei converted to score the decisive goal of the tie.


Deportivo La Coruna v Porto


After all their heroics in getting to the final, Monaco seemed to run out of steam in the end. It was Porto who ran out comfortable winners in Gelsenkirchen by three goals to nil. For the second time in their history, Porto were European champions. An unexpected winner in a season of unexpected results.



2004 European Cup Final (Gelsenkirchen)
Porto 3 Monaco 0
Porto:
Vitor Baia, Paulo Ferreira, Nuno Valente, Costinha, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Pedro Mendes, Deco (Pedro Emanuel), Carlos Alberto (Alenichev), Derlei (McCarthy), Maniche
Scorers: Carlos Alberto, Deco, Alenichev
Monaco: Roma, Ibarra, Evra, Zikos, Givet (Squillaci), Rodriguez, Cisse (Nonda), Bernardi, Giuly (Prso), Morientes, Rothen

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