Golden Goal: Daniele Massaro for Milan v Barcelona (1994) | Conrad Leach

Using both sides of the pitch and with nine players involved, Milan’s exceptional team goal was instantly described as one of the best in European Cup final history and taught Cruyff’s Barça a harsh lesson

Jimmy Hill called it correctly. In the BBC studio, with Des Lynam and Terry Venables, Hill picked out Daniele Massaro as his match-winner and called the game “an opportunity” for those in Milan’s all-white strip. He was in tune with the British bookmakers, who had the Italian league champions as 7-4 favourites, yet was seemingly out of step with popular opinion, which, thanks to Barcelona having won the 1992 European Cup and the presence of Romário and Hristo Stoichkov, had the Spanish side as favourites.

Never mind neither of those were the competition’s top scorers that season. That honour fell to Wynton Rufer of Werder Bremen and Ronald Koeman, scorer of Barça’s winning goal in the 1992 final and who was playing – in body if not in mind – in Athens. “I don’t see the match in Barcelona’s favour,” said Hill, never one to shy away from the consensus.

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