May 13th 1960: Madrid Put on Exhibition in Glasgow
Puskás & Di Stéfano run amock

On 13 May 1960 Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 in front of a crowd of 135,000 people at Hampden Park in Glasgow to win their fifth consecutive European Cup Final.

Real had an easy enough route to the final although they did have to overcome La Liga rivals Barcelona 6-2 aggregate.

Frankfurt’s path to the final included a 12-4 aggregate demolition of Glasgow Rangers.

The final itself was initially in doubt as the German FA had banned their clubs from taking part in matches with any team containing Ferenc Puskás after the Hungarian had alleged the West German team had used drugs in 1954. Puskás had to make a formal written apology before the match could take place.

Frankfurt took an early lead in Glasgow with a goal from striker Richard Kress in the 18th minute. Real then opened the floodgates, and when you consider who they had up front it’s easy to understand how. Their seven goals came by the way of a hat-trick from legendary Argentinian striker Alfredo di Stéfano (27′, 30′ 73′) and four goals from their equally legendary Hungarian forward Ferenc Puskás (46′, 56′, 60′, 71′).

Puskas (centre) scores Real Madrid's fifth goal against Eintracht at Hampden Park.

Puskas (centre) scores Real Madrid’s fifth goal against Eintracht at Hampden Park.

Puskás and Di Stefano are two of only three players to have scored a hat-trick in a European Cup or Champions League final, with the other being Pierino Prati for AC Milan in 1969.

Frankfurt’s forward Erwin Stein scored two late goals (72′, 75′) in an attempt to add some respectability to the scoreline.

Although one-sided, the match is widely considered one of the greatest European finals in history due to the exhibition Real put on for the vast crowd.

 

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