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  Monday, 13 May, 2002, 09:14 GMT 10:14 UK
The greatest game
Ferenc Puskas scores the fourth of Real's seven goals
Ferenc Puskas scores the fourth of Real's seven goals

I think those people who were at the 1960 final when Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 would unanimously say that it was the best game they've ever seen in their lives.

They were two very talented sides. Eintracht were an extremely good side.

They beat Rangers on their way to the final, taking 12 goals off them in the process.

I think those of us who went to Hampden that night thought, well, there was a time when Real had been the best but any team that took 12 goals off Rangers must be the best side in the world.

But gradually our minds were changed for us as we saw what a truly magnificent side Real were.

It was a strange game in that each side was prepared to let the other play - there were no reckless tackles.

Di Stefano scores one of his three goals
Di Stefano scores one of his three goals
The referee was a Scot and he made history when he put in the lowest bill ever for handling a European Cup final - no fee.

There was just a medal given as a memento and sixpence in travelling expenses.

It was a game that started well and got steadily better.

I remember an old man standing next to me - it was 6-2 at the time - and he said: "Is there no way we can get extra-time out of this, Bob?"

You had some brilliant individuals, not only in the Real side, although these are the guys who are best remembered.

The whole Real forward line were almost more brilliant than the other - Puskas, Di Stefano, the leading lights, and then Gento and Canario, very fast wingers, great ball control, wonderful crossers of a ball and with very good shots.

Hampden atmosphere

It really was a tremendous match and I doubt we'll see its like again.

It was 3-1 at half time. Real got what I thought was a softish penalty just after the break which made it 4-1 and there was really no way back.

Four goals from Puskas, three from Di Stefano and two from Stein the German centre forward, a very good player, who also struck the woodwork for Eintracht.

I think the quality of the German team has been largely forgotten.

You tend to think that if a team has been beaten 7-3 then they really weren't much cop, but that in fact wasn't the case at all.

Alfredo Di Stefano was Real's star man
Alfredo Di Stefano was Real's star man

At the end of the match, as the two sides went up the tunnel, the crowd stood and refused to go away.

When they came back out they didn't cheer them or sing songs at them - they clapped them as if they were in a theatre.

The teams were recalled about three or four times to acknowledge the crowd.

The old Hampden I think had more atmosphere than the current one, although it was a fairly bleak place.

The stand accommodation would be seen today as being ludicrously inadequate. The ground was measured to hold 163,000 but thank God that wasn't put to the test.

I've been in it when there was 143,000 which was bad enough, but on that day, the crowd of 127,000 saw the game of their lives.

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