In a historic 1992-93 UEFA Cup final, Italian powerhouse Juventus secured a momentous triumph, defeating Borussia Dortmund 6-1 on aggregate. The resounding victory not only marked Juventus’s third conquest in the competition, solidifying their status as the first club to achieve this remarkable feat, but also set a record for the highest score in a UEFA Cup final.
Following the lifting of the ban on English clubs in European competitions after the Heysel disaster in 1985, the 1992-93 campaign saw an increased presence of English clubs, with both league runners-up Manchester United and third-placed Sheffield Wednesday making their mark in the tournament. However, despite their participation, both teams faced early eliminations, unable to make a substantial impact. The shifting dynamics also saw Poland securing an additional seat, while Finland and Hungary experienced a reduction in representation within the competition.
The first leg of the final, held at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, witnessed a captivating clash between Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, with the Italian team emerging victorious with a commanding 3-1 lead. Rummenigge’s early goal at the 2nd minute for Borussia Dortmund was met with a stellar display from Juventus, including goals from D. Baggio at the 27th minute and R. Baggio at the 30th and 74th minutes. The stadium echoed with the excitement of 37,900 fervent fans, with Sándor Puhl from Hungary competently overseeing the proceedings as the referee.
The second leg, hosted at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin, unfolded as a showcase of Juventus’s dominance, culminating in a convincing 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund. D. Baggio’s remarkable goals at the 5th and 43rd minutes, along with Möller’s contribution at the 65th minute, solidified Juventus’s lead. The match drew an electrifying crowd of 62,781 spectators, with John Blankenstein from the Netherlands skillfully overseeing the proceedings as the referee.
Juventus’s record-breaking triumph in the 1992-93 UEFA Cup final not only underscored their tactical finesse and resilience but also cemented their position as an undeniable force in European football, etching their name once again in the annals of UEFA Cup history.