Bayern thrash Forest on their way to UEFA Cup glory

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Two rockets from distance, a sumptuous sideways scissor-kick and Munich on fire: FC Bayern laid down a marker on 19 March 1996. Oliver Kahn & Co. downed Nottingham Forest 5-1 in the UEFA Cup quarter-final return leg, advancing to the last four and underpinning their claim to the title.

Klinsmann in top form

Jürgen Klinsmann showed once again how much the UEFA Cup suited him. The forward bagged a brace, shining with a sideways scissor-kick when he scored Bayern's third goal on the night. After eight matches he boasted a whopping 14 goals in the competition, finishing UEFA Cup top scorer on 15 goals at the end of the season.

Foundation for UEFA Cup glory

Led by captain Lothar Matthäus, FC Bayern won the 1996 UEFA Cup. They beat Girondins Bordeaux 2-0 and 3-1 in the two-legged final.

A Christian Ziege free-kick handed Bayern the lead against Forest, Thomas Strunz' deflected effort from distance doubling their advantage. Jean-Pierre Papin added his name to the scoresheet when he made it four for Bayern, who impressed with classy football against the home side. Steve Stone's consolation goal in the closing stages was little more than a footnote. FC Bayern were now favourites for the title.


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