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AJAX 5 BAY­ERN MU­NICH 2 Semi-fi­nal, sec­ond leg, 1994-95

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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.

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