Chelsea 1-0 VfB Stuttgart (1997-98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final)

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1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final
1998 CWC Final.jpg
0Scoreline Chelsea 1-0 VfB Stuttgart
0Date 13th May 1998
0Competition UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
0Referee Stefano Braschi (Italy)
0Stadium Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm
0Attendance 30,216

The 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final was contested between Chelsea and German side VfB Stuttgart. The final was held at Råsunda Stadium in Stockholm and was the 38th and penultimate UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final. It was Chelsea's second appearance in the final of the competition, having beaten Real Madrid to win the trophy in 1971.

The result, and the subsequent abolition of the competition, means that Chelsea are the only English side to have won it on more than one occasion. Three other European sides won the competition twice, with only Barcelona having won more titles; the Catalan side having won it four times.


Match review

Chelsea's breakthrough came when Gianfranco Zola was introduced after 70 minutes. Zola had been left out of the starting line-up due to a groin strain, but he made an immediate impact. Racing on to Dennis Wise's defence-splitting pass, he unleashed a spectacular shot that flew straight into the top corner.

Chelsea were later reduced to 10 men with the dismissal of Dan Petrescu after 84 minutes, but Stuttgart failed to exploit their numerical advantage, and they too finished with ten men when Gerhard Poschner was sent off in injury time.

Match details

13 May 1998 Chelsea 1 - 0 VfB Stuttgart Venue: Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm
Attendance: 30,216
Referee: Stefano Braschi
Zola Goal 71'
GK 1 Ed de Goey
RWB 2 Dan Petrescu Sent off 85'
CB 6Steve Clarke
CB 5 Frank Leboeuf
CB 12Michael Duberry
LWB 17Danny Granville
CM 11Dennis Wise (c) Booked
CM 16Roberto Di Matteo
AM 8Gustavo Poyet Sub off.png 80'
CF 19Tore André Flo Sub off.png 70'
CF 9Gianluca Vialli
GK 13Kevin Hitchcock
DF 18 Andy Myers
DF 26 Laurent Charvet
MF 28 Jody Morris
MF 24Eddie Newton Sub on.png 80'
CF 10Mark Hughes
CF 25Gianfranco Zola Sub on.png 70'
Gianluca Vialli
GK 1 Franz Wohlfahrt
SW 6 Murat Yakin
CB 14Thomas Schneider Sub off.png 55'
CB 4 Thomas Berthold
RWB  20Zvonimir Soldo
LWB  7 Matthias Hagner Sub off.png 79'
CM 8 Marco Haber Sub off.png 75'
CM 23 Gerhard Poschner Sent off 90'
AM 10Krassimir Balakov
ST 11Fredi Bobic
ST 19Jonathan Akpoborie Booked
GK 25Marc Ziegler
DF 21Jochen Endress Sub on.png 55'
DF 26Mitko Stojkovski
MF 16 Kristijan Đorđević Sub on.png 75'
MF 15Matthias Becker
MF 22Krisztián Lisztes
FW 9 Sreto Ristić Sub on.png 79'
Joachim Löw

Road to the Final

Season Day D M Year Round Opposition Venue Result Score Additional Information
1997-98Thu18Sep19971st Round 1st LegSlovan BratislavaHomeWon2-0
1997-98Thu2Oct19971st Round 2nd LegSlovan BratislavaAwayWon2-0(4-0 aggregate)
1997-98Thu23Oct19972nd Round 1st LegTromsøAwayLost2-3
1997-98Thu6Nov19972nd Round 2nd LegTromsøHomeWon7-1(9-4 aggregate)
1997-98Thu5Mar19983rd Round 1st LegReal BetisAwayWon2-1
1997-98Thu19Mar19983rd Round 2nd LegReal BetisHomeWon3-1(5-2 aggregate)
1997-98Thu2Apr1998Semi Final 1st LegVicenzaAwayLost0-1
1997-98Thu16Apr1998Semi Final 2nd LegVicenzaHomeWon3-1(3-2 aggregate)


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1997-98 season
Premier League:
Coventry (A)Barnsley (A)Wimbledon (A)Southampton (H)Crystal Palace (A)Arsenal (H)Man Utd (A)
Newcastle (H)Liverpool (A)Leicester (H)Bolton (A)Aston Villa (A)West Ham (H)Blackburn (A)Everton (H)
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Leeds Utd (A)Tottenham (H)Sheff Wed (H)Liverpool (H)Blackburn (H)Newcastle (A)Bolton (H)
FA Cup:
3rd round: Man Utd
League Cup:
3rd round: Blackburn | 4th round: Southampton | 5th round: Ipswich | SF: Arsenal: 1st Leg2nd Leg | Final: Middlesbrough
Cup Winners' Cup:
1st Round: Slovan Bratislava: 1st Leg2nd Leg | 2nd Round: Tromsø: 1st Leg2nd Leg | QF: Real Betis: 1st Leg2nd Leg
SF: Vicenza: 1st Leg2nd Leg | Final: Stuttgart

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