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On This Day: Zinedine Zidane Scored THAT Volley In The Champions League Final

Josh Lawless

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On This Day: Zinedine Zidane Scored THAT Volley In The Champions League Final

It's 15 years ago to the day that Zinedine Zidane scored one of the greatest and most important goals in history.

On 15 May 2002, Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen played out the Champions League final at Scotland's Hampden Park and of course it was Zizou who was the difference-maker.

Real went 1-0 up in Glasgow when a quick throw-in led to talisman Raul nipping behind and seeing his left-footed finish trickle past Jörg Butt; a stark contrast to the goal that would end up being the decider later on the half.

At the time, Bayer had a talented crop of players and had knocked out both Liverpool and Manchester City in knockout rounds on their way to the final. They responded quickly to going a goal down when defender Lucio, who went on to win the World Cup two months later, rose highest to head home the equaliser from Bernd Schneider's teasing delivery in the 13th.

To their credit, Leverkusen, without one of their star players in Brazilian Ze Roberto, matched Real Madrid - unfortunately coming up against a young Iker Casillas, on as a substitute goalkeeper, in inspired form late on. The Spaniard made two excellent saves late on to deny Carsten Ramelow.

But the game belonged to Zidane. On the stroke of half-time, the France international produced a moment that would be remembered for years to come.

Image: PA

An attack down the left saw left-back Roberto Carlos manage to cross for Zidane on the edge of the area with a lofted ball.

You're average player would have tried to touch the ball, but average is not a world that comes in the same sentence as Zinedine Zidane.

The Los Blancos talisman swivelled his body shape and left fly with a stunning left-footed volley that rippled into the net. Jörg Butt in the Leverkusen goal was at fault for the opener but there was nothing he could do to deny Zidane in this instance.


It was a goal we've all attempted to score on the school playground, but there was no way anyone could come up with the graceful technique that Zizou displayed.

The goal proved to be the difference between the two sides, and ultimately handed Madrid their ninth Champions League title; a trophy they would not lift again until 12 years later under Carlo Ancelotti - before Zidane himself stepped into the management seat himself and won the most decorated prize in club football as a coach.

Image': PA

As for the goal, it's surely Zidane's greatest ever goal, and quite possibly the best in Champions League history.

Topics: Bayer Leverkusen, Zinedine Zidane, champions league final, Champions League, Real Madrid

Josh Lawless
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