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Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. FC Internazionale

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. FC Internazionale full match

European Cup 1971-1972


This game was originally scheduled to be the first leg. However the first leg game (7-1 for Borussia) was annulled as Inter player Roberto Boninsegna was hit by a Coca-Cola can in the 29th minute. The match was replayed after the second leg had already been played, and thus the order of legs was switched and this ended up being the actual 2nd leg. // Inter had won the actual first leg by 4-2.

European Cup 1971-1972
Round of 16, 2nd leg
Olympiastadion (West-Berlin)
December 01, 1971

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  1. Morris March 02, 2021 20:11

    Actually this is the first leg match that has been replayed. The initial 1st leg had been played on 20th of October 1971 and had finished 7:1 for Gladbach. The match is known as Büchsenwurfspiel / la Partita della Lattina or The Match Of The Can. When the score is 2:1 the game is interrupted as Boninsegna from Inter lies on the ground hit in the head by a Coca-Cola can thrown from the crowd. After 7 minutes of chaos the referee decides to continue the game and Boninsegna is substituted due to the incident. The Italian footballers are completely sure that UEFA will grant them a 3:0 victory. After reviewing the complaints from both sides UEFA decides that this match has to be re-played at a neutral location in West-Berlin even after the 2nd leg in Milano on November 3rd. The above mentioned Coca-Cola can initially had been taken to the referee's home country Netherlands where it had been donated to Vitesse's museum. 40 years later Mönchengladbach asks Vitesse to send them the can and now it can be seen as an exhibit in the museum of Borussia in Gladbach.

  2. Footballia
    Footballia March 11, 2021 14:45

    You're right. It was scheduled to be the first leg, but it ended up being the second because it was re-played after the original second leg had already been played. And therefore, the order of the matches was switched and this turned into the second leg. Thank you for the context! We've added some clarifying information.

  3. MagicDip August 15, 2016 09:01

    Wloka was the N°14 in that game.

  4. Footballia
    Footballia August 21, 2016 23:33

    You're right! Fixed! Thanks for pointing it out :-)