AJAX 5 BAYERN MUNICH 2 Semi-final, second leg, 1994-95
The Amsterdam side were of course dominant in Europe in the 1970s, but their mid-90s vintage was almost as iconic. It was an incredible team featuring Edwin van der Sar, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars, Edgar Davids, Patrick Kluivert and the De Boer twins – a collection of starlets easily as exciting as Man United’s Class of ’92.
They may not have won three straight European Cups like Cruyff & Co. had done 20 years before, but they did manage to secure one. The most devastating performance of that run was their demolition of Bayern at Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium.
After a goalless first leg in Germany, Louis van Gaal’s side took an early lead courtesy of a Jari Litmanen header, only to get pegged back by Marcel Witeczek. But with half-time approaching, the Dutch giants took a stranglehold, with Finidi George rocketing one in from just outside the box and Ronald de Boer netting for 3-1. A minute into the second half, Nwankwo Kanu (below) threaded through Litmanen, who walloped home number four. Mehmet Scholl got one back from the spot but the Germans were buried. Overmars scored a fifth in the final two minutes to put the icing on a phenomenal display and ensure Ajax’s place in the final, where they would defeat Milan 1-0.