The 1997 UEFA Champions League final showcased an exhilarating clash between Borussia Dortmund of Germany and Juventus of Italy, held at the prestigious Olympiastadion in Munich on 28th May 1997. In a thrilling encounter, Borussia Dortmund emerged victorious with a remarkable 3-1 win, marked by outstanding goals from Karl-Heinz Riedle and Lars Ricken. Juventus managed to net one goal through the efforts of Alessandro Del Piero, yet fell short in their pursuit of the championship title.
Borussia Dortmund’s impressive journey to the final included a remarkable semi-final victory over Manchester United, their first appearance at this stage since 1964. On the other side of the bracket, Juventus secured a commanding win over Ajax, the team they had narrowly defeated in the previous year’s final.
The match itself saw Karl-Heinz Riedle put Dortmund ahead with a clinical finish inside the six-yard box, followed by a well-timed header from a corner kick, further extending their lead. Despite a resilient goal from Alessandro Del Piero, Dortmund’s 20-year-old substitute Lars Ricken quickly left his mark, scoring a sensational goal merely 16 seconds after stepping onto the pitch, solidifying Dortmund’s victory with a remarkable 3-1 triumph.
Zinedine Zidane’s efforts for Juventus were stymied by Dortmund’s robust defensive strategies, ultimately cementing Borussia Dortmund’s sole UEFA Champions League title to date. The memorable match remains etched in the annals of football history, commemorating Dortmund’s spectacular feat in the 1997 UEFA Champions League final.