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The 1998-99 qualifying round saw big teams such as Manchester United, Internazionale, Bayern Munich, PSV Eindhoven and Benfica safely make their way through to the group stage. United beat LKS Lodz 2-0 at Old Trafford before a goalless draw in Poland.
Manchester United v LKS Lodz
Holders Real Madrid started their campaign impressively with a 2-0 win over Internazionale before taking the lead in Moscow against Spartak. But the Russians came from behind to win 2-1 and throw the group wide open. Real hit back with two thrashings of Sturm Graz (6-1 & 5-1), but a 3-1 defeat in Milan left them needing to avoid defeat in their final match at home to Spartak to gain one of the best runners-up spots. A nervous 2-1 win saw them through behind Internazionale who won the group with a 2-0 win away to Sturm.
Looking to qualify for their fourth final in a row, Juventus began in subdued style, drawing the first five games in their group. In the end a 2-0 win at home to Rosenborg saw them top the group with the same number of points as Galalatasaray and Rosenborg who were both eliminated.
Rosenborg v Juventus
Olympiakos started well in Group A with a draw away to Porto and a win over Croatia Zagreb. When they then beat group favourites Ajax 1-0 in Athens they found themselves in a very strong position. Despite a 2-0 defeat in Amsterdam, their 2-1 win over Porto meant that a 1-1 draw in Zagreb was sufficient to see them top the group with Ajax surprisingly bottom.
Olympiakos v Porto
Group E saw English champions Arsenal start well with 4 points from 2 games while Dynamo Kiev began with a defeat and a home draw. But the group changed when Dynamo scored a late equaliser at Wembley where Arsenal were playing their home games, and then won the return game 3-1. From there they never looked back and won the group by three points.
Arsenal v Dynamo Kiev/Dynamo Kiev v Arsenal
Kaiserslautern led Group F from the start with a 1-0 win over Benfica. Back to back wins over PSV Eindhoven put them clear at the top and their 5-2 win over HJK Helsinki in the final round of matches confirmed their passage through to the quarter-finals.
Kaiserslautern v HJK Helsinki
Group D was dubbed the 'Group of Death' with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United drawn together with Brondby. The Danes surprised Bayern in the opening game with a 2-1 win but lost their five remaining matches. United drew 3-3 twice with Barcelona and also drew twice with Bayern to gain a best runner-up spot behind the Germans who beat Barca twice to win the group.
Manchester United v Bayern Munich
The quarter-final draw threw up an all-German clash. Kaiserslautern had qualified impressively from their group, but Bayern showed why they were well clear at the top of the Bundesliga as they comfortably won 6-0 on aggregate.
Bayern Munich v Kaiserslautern
The tie between Juventus and Olympiakos was a much closer affair. Juve looked to be in a comfortable position as they entered the dying moments of their home leg with a 2-0 lead, but a late penalty converted by Ninianis gave the Greeks hope. When Gogic headed home foe Olympiakos early in the second leg, they were ahead on away goals and they continued to hold on to their advantage right up until the final five minutes when their goalkeeper misjudged a cross and Conte pounced to put Juventus through by the skin of their teeth.
Olympiakos v Juventus
Manchester United beat Internazionale 2-0 at Old Trafford but were pegged back in the San Siro when Ventola made it 2-1 on aggregate. But United nerves were soothed by Scholes 88th minute goal which ensured their place in the semi-finals. There they were joined by the impressive Dynamo Kiev who knocked out the holders Real Madrid. Following a 1-1 draw in Spain, Dynamo won the return 2-0 thanks to goals from Shevchenko.
In their semi-final first leg, Dynamo Kiev appeared to be continuing their amazing form as they twice took a two goal lead against Bayern. But the Germans fought back to claim a 3-3 draw, and a 1-0 win in Munich was enough to send Bayern through to the final.
Bayern Munich v Dynamo Kiev
At Old Trafford Inzaghi gave Juventus a first half lead which was only cancelled out in the final minute of the game when Giggs equalised. In Turin Juventus appeared to have booked yet another final appearance when Inzaghi struck twice in the opening 11 minutes. But United had drawn level by half-time and a late goal by Cole capped a remarkable comeback which saw United reach the European Cup Final for the first time in 31 years.
If Manchester Uniteds comeback against Juventus was dramatic, their recovery in the final against Bayern Munich was even more remarkable. In front of a packed Nou Camp crowd, Bayern took a sixth minute lead through a Basler free kick and proceeded to dominate the rest of the match. They were unable, however, to convert any more of their numerous chances and so the score remained 1-0 in the 90th minute as United won a corner. Amazingly, substitute Sheringham scored to equalise with time running out, but there was more drama still to come. Almost immediately United forced another corner, and the other substitute Solsjaer was on hand to score to the disbelief of the thousands of German supporters. Having already won their domestic league and cup, United thus completed an unbelievable treble as they won one of the most thrilling finals in European Cup history.
1999 European Cup Final (Barcelona)
Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1
Manchester United: Schmeichel, Neville, Irwin, Johnsen, Stam, Beckham, Butt, Blomqvist (Sheringham), Giggs, Cole (Solksjaer), Yorke
Scorers: Sheringham, Solksjaer
Bayern Munich: Kahn, Babbel, Kuffour, Matthaus (Fink), Linke, Tarnat, Jeremies, Effenberg, Basler (Salhamidzic), Zickler (Scholl), Jancker
You can find details of all the results on the RSSSF website here.