1990 European Cup Final

The 1990 European Cup Final was a football match between Milan of Italy and Benfica of Portugal, played on 23 May 1990 at the Praterstadion in Vienna, Austria. The winning goal came in the 68th minute for Milan, when Frank Rijkaard ran through the opposing defence and scored the only goal of the match.[1][2]

1990 European Cup Final
Match programme cover
Event1989–90 European Cup
Date23 May 1990
VenuePraterstadion, Vienna
RefereeHelmut Kohl (Austria)

Before 2017, Milan were the last side to have defended the trophy after winning it the previous season.

Route to the final

Milan Round Benfica
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
HJK Helsinki 5–0 4–0 (H) 1–0 (A) First round Derry City 6–1 2–1 (A) 4–0 (H)
Real Madrid 2–1 2–0 (H) 0–1 (A) Second round Budapest Honvéd 9–0 2–0 (A) 7–0 (H)
Mechelen 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (a.e.t.) (H) Quarter-finals Dnipro 4–0 1–0 (H) 3–0 (A)
Bayern Munich 2–2 (a) 1–0 (H) 1–2 (a.e.t.) (A) Semi-finals Marseille 2–2 (a) 1–2 (A) 1–0 (H)



Milan 1–0 Benfica
Rijkaard  68' Report
Attendance: 58,000
Referee: Helmut Kohl (Austria)
GK1 Giovanni Galli
RB2 Mauro Tassotti
LB3 Paolo Maldini
RM4 Angelo Colombo 90'
CB5 Alessandro Costacurta
CB6 Franco Baresi (c)
CM7 Carlo Ancelotti 75'
CM8 Frank Rijkaard
CF9 Marco van Basten
CF10 Ruud Gullit
LM11 Alberigo Evani
GK12 Andrea Pazzagli
DF13 Filippo Galli 90'
FW14 Daniele Massaro 75'
FW15 Marco Simone
FW16 Stefano Borgonovo
Arrigo Sacchi
GK1 Silvino (c)
RB2 José Carlos
CB3 Ricardo Gomes 65'
LB4 Samuel
CB5 Aldair 40'
LW6 António Pacheco 60'
RW7 Vítor Paneira 76'
CM8 Valdo
CF9 Mats Magnusson
CM10 Jonas Thern
DM11 Hernâni
GK12 Manuel Bento
DF13 Fernando Mendes
MF14 Diamantino
FW15 César Brito 60'
FW16 Vata 76'
Sven-Göran Eriksson

Assistant referees:
Hubert Forstinger (Austria)
Heinz Holzmann (Austria)
Fourth official:
Friedrich Kaupe (Austria)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Five named substitutes, of which two may be used


  1. "On This Day: Milan back-to-back triumphs". Football Italia. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. Bandini, Nicky (24 May 2013). "The great European Cup teams: Milan 1989-90". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 November 2019.

See also