On May 15 in 2002 Real Madrid won ninth UCL Cup
Zidane’s wonderful volleyed goal is a stand-out moment in the competition’s history.
On the 15th of May 2002, Hampden Park in Glasgow played host to the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. The Whites put the finishing touch on their Centenary season and added to their legendary status as The Kings of Europe.
It didn’t take long for the goals to arrive and with just 15 minutes gone, the scoreboard read 1-1 Raúl put the madridistas ahead thanks to a clever passage of play which saw him take advantage of a Roberto Carlos throw-in. The Whites’ joy was shortlived though as Lucio levelled in the 14th minute, scoring from a corner.
It looked inevitable that the scores would be level at half time, when out of nowhere, the moment that would go down in football history occured. In the 44th minute, Solari sent a deep pass to Roberto Carlos on the left, which the Brazilian then lobbed towards the edge of the area. Zidane was there, ready and waiting to strike a masterful left-footed volley, which flew into Butt’s goal.
In the second half, César had to come off injured. Casillas stepped in and his perfromance was crucial in lifting the ninth European Cup. In the final minutes, Leverkusen had Madrid pegged back in their area – cue Casillas’ magical moment as he made three fantastic saves one after the other to give way to the Whites’ celebrations.
2- Real Madrid: César (Casillas, 68′), Salgado, Hierro, Helguera, Roberto Carlos, Figo (McManaman, 61′), Makelele (Flavio, 73′), Solari, Zidane, Raúl and Morientes.
1- Bayer Leverkusen: Butt, Sebescen (Kirsten, 65′), Zivkovic, Lucio (Babic, 91′), Placente; Schneider, Ramelow, Ballack, Brdaric (Berbatov, 38′), Bastürk and Neuville.
1-0 (min. 9): Raúl.
1-1 (min. 14): Lucio.
2-1 (min. 45): Zidane.
Referee: Urs Meier (Suiza).
Stadium: Hampden Park (Glasgow).