Ajax won the first leg of their quarter-final battle against the Bavarians with a shocking 4-0 result.
The match was held in Amsterdam and the teams were led out by their legendary captains
were dominating European football with their ‘Total Football’ style and had won the last two European Cups. On the other hand,Bayern Munich
had six players from the West Germany team that won the 1972 European Championship. They went on to write history in the European Cup a few years later, but that evening they were struck by Ajax’s dominance. The first half ended in a 0-0 draw, but
scored the opener for Ajax in the 53rd minute. The Dutch giants doubled their lead with a stunning strike from
in the 66th minute. However, Ajax continued their attacks and got their third goal by Arie Haan’s header four minutes later. In a game that was named ‘The best European game ever’ by French newspaper
, Johan Cruyff sealed the crushing 4-0 win for Ajax with a late header.
The legendary Bayern goalkeeper
remembers the painful defeat:
'It was a nightmare. Never had I lost in such a dreadful way. I ended up getting out of bed, gathering all my football stuff and throwing it into the canal.'
Ajax won the second leg with a 2-1 result and defeatedReal Madrid
in the semi-final. They marked their historical run of three consecutive European Cup titles by winning againstJuventus
in the competition’s final.