Slovan Bratislava became the first East European soccer team to win a top European competition on Wednesday when they defeated F.
Slovan Bratislava became the first East European soccer team to win a top European competition on Wednesday when they defeated F.C. Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in the final of the Cup Winners' Cup in Basle, Switzerland.
In a hard-fought contest at St. Jakob's Stadium, Slovan's policy of forceful play combined with taking calculated risks paid off.
Spurred by a goal in the second minute by Cvetler, the Slovak team played with intelligence and skill. This early goal unsettled Barcelona and they seemed unable to click into concerted rhythm.
Varying the pace of play and using each opportunity to counter-thrust against the Spanish attack, Slovan made it 3-1 by half time through goals from Hrivnak and Jan Capkovic. Zaldua scored for Barcelona.
Barcelona tried to stage a comeback in the second half. They put on pressure, forcing play in the Slovan end of the field. In the 52nd minute Rexach scored directly from a corner.
Barcelona failed to force a draw when Zaldua missed a shot at an open goal.