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Chelsea 1 Real Madrid 1 – Cup Winners’ Cup Final, May 19th 1971

Chelsea 2 Real Madrid 1 – Cup Winners’ Cup Final, May 21st 1971

Our first European final was against one of the great names of world football. Real Madrid had already been crowned European champions on no fewer than six occasions but they were an aging team by then and the Chelsea players were confident of victory.

A 57th-minute goal from Peter Osgood gave us the lead and we looked to have won the trophy until a defensive mistake deep in injury time gifted Real an equaliser. The team were stunned and it was all they could do to hang on in extra time.

There were no penalty shoot-outs in those days and a replay was organised for two days later. Few of the 5,000 strong Blues support were able to stay on for the second game but those who did were well rewarded.

The manner of their escape strengthened the belief that Real were now favourites but the replacement of the injured John Hollins with an extra striker, Tommy Baldwin, was crucial. We took the game to Real and were two up early on through Osgood and a brilliant strike by Dempsey, making up for his error in the first game.

Real did score with 15 minutes remaining but despite late pressure, this time we were able to hang on to claim our second major trophy in two years.

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