9 April 2001


10 seconds is all it took for Bayern to break through Real's defence. From the kick-off Elber passed to Scholl and both players drove forward. They exchanged passes again, Scholl evaded challenges by Hierro and Makelele before sending a low shot towards goal but Casillas saved. 2 minutes later Hargreaves stole the ball off Figo and released Elber, with a magnificent first touch the striker controlled the Canadian/English/German's long pass instantly and got clear of Hierro but Casillas again came to Real's rescue. Linke should have been booked for a Koshinaka style butt attack on Guti. Bayern hit the front from Scholl's corner. Jeremies attacked the cross, Salgado cleared the ball off the underside of the crossbar, Kuffour flicked on and Elber headed into the net. Casillas' attempts to claim the ball were truly pathetic. Figo drew Real level with a marvellous goal. Roberto Carlos hit a 30yd cross field pass to Raul, he centred and Figo shot first time past Kahn. Scholl elbowed Salgado, he rolled around on the floor clutching his face. One of those challenges that looks worse in slow motion. Bayern sealed a place in the final with a cleverly worked free kick awarded for a 'foul' on diving twat of the year Salihamidzic. Hargreaves 'set' the ball and with everyone expecting Scholl to shoot he passed to Jeremies who cracked a low shot inside the post.

Salihamidzic wasted a great opportunity on the counter attack. Casillas made a spectacular save from Linke's header. Elber also went close. Khan didn't need to bother coming out for the second half.

Assists : Kuffour, Scholl, Raul

Bayern Munich win 3-1 on aggregate

8 MAY 2001


Mendieta, who was disappointing in the first leg, creating the all important first goal. He picked out Sanchez with a superb right wing cross and the tiny striker used his arm to beat Martyn at the far post. Valencia sat back and Leeds threatened to equalise. Dacourt intercepted a loose ball, dribbled around Albelda and Ayala and with the goal in sight shot weakly at Canizares. Batty wasted an even better opening following the type of work that made Viduka one of the most wanted striker in Europe. He was given the ball on the edge of the box and destroyed Ayala with a Ronaldo style shuffle then turned him before sending a cross into the box, Batty couldn't find the finish to match.

Two goals in the opening seven minutes of the second half ended Leeds hopes. Aimar played the ball into Sanchez and looked for a return pass, Sanchez hit what seemed to be a speculative low drive, Martyn was slow to react and the ball crawled into the net. Aimar released Mendieta on the counter attack but a horrendous first touch allowed Martyn to claim the ball. A quickly taken free kick allowed him another opportunity seconds later and he made no mistake, Martyn again beaten with a low shot inside the post. The post denied Sanchez a hat-trick. Mendieta and Carew also went close. Substitute Deschamps got himself a fat lip. Smith was sent off trying to cripple Vicente.

If UEFA are consistent Sanchez will find himself suspended from the final. Smith has already been given a three match European ban.

Assists : Mendieta, Aimar, ?

Valencia win 3-0 on aggregated

1 MAY 2000


It took an exquisite through pass by Figo to open up a water tight Bayern Munich defence. He released Raul, Kahn flew off his line to narrow down the angle and Raul's shot bounced inches wide. Another escape for Bayern minutes later. Helguera's awesome cross completely took out the Bayern defence but Guti failed to connect.

Roberto Carlos cleared a free kick, Andersson headed a hopeful ball back towards the box, it bounced over Salihamidzic and Hierro, Elber turned and shot instantly, Casillas got a touch but couldn't keep the ball out. 1-0. Real suddenly sprung to life. Kahn made a typically spectacular one handed leap to palm away a McManaman effort. Bayern failed to take two opportunities to clear the resulting corner allowing Figo to launch a deadly right wing cross into the box, Helguera got between Kuffour and Andersson but contrived to head over the bar. A rare mistake by Andersson gave Raul an opening but Kahn, again, made an overly spectacular save. He must like watching himself on action replays. Casillas then got in on the act, making a Oliver 'Hollywood' Kahn save of his own from Scholl's brilliantly struck drive. Effenberg tried to floor Figo, Figo jumped, feigned injury and got Effenberg a yellow card. Effenberg was lucky not to have seen red for pushing referee Hugh Dallas, who was excellent by the way. Three minutes from time substitute Paolo Sergio wasted a 100% chance gift wrapped to him by Jeremies.

Hierro was booked for taking out Effenberg. Kahn earned a yellow card for time wasting. If Bayern play like this next week they're in the final.

Assist : Andersson