In front of an awestruck record crowd of nearly 128,000, crammed into Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Real Madrid produced arguably the greatest performance by a club side to win their fifth consecutive European Cup as they swept aside Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3.
This was, without doubt, Madrid’s greatest performance; their signature moment symbolising their flair and genuis.
In a repeat of two of their previous four European Cup finals, Madrid actually conceded the first goal when Richard Kress scored from Erwin Stein’s cross after 18 minutes.
This roused Madrid, and they would score an incredible six unanswered goals in the next 55 minutes with a wonderful display of fluid attacking football.
Alfredo Di Stefano scored twice to put Madrid in front, before Ferenc Puskas powered in a third to give the Spanish club a 3-1 lead at half-time. Nine minutes after the interval Puskas scored again from the penalty spot, and soon after he completed his hat-trick with a rare header from a cross from Gento.
Greedy for more, the Hungarian became the first, and so far only, player to score four goals in a European Cup final when he scored once again after 69 minutes. Stein pulled one back for the Germans, before Di Stefano completed his own hat-trick directly from the restart. Stein scored again after 74 minutes to end the game 7-3.