The Bundesliga champions were expected to qualify from Group E at a canter, but they are not going to have it all their own way.
Kovac's side are going to need a significant improvement if they are to make the knockout stages. It is hard to believe the year-old was making his Champions League debut.
He was imperious at the heart of Ajax's defence and scarcely gave Robert Lewandowski a kick. The Polish striker was praised by Kovac recently for his response after a proposed move to Real Madrid failed to materialise.
He looked a shadow of his former self against Ajax, though, posing no goal threat at all in what was a limp display. Bayern will be hoping to return to winning ways in the Bundesliga on Saturday when Borussia Monchengladbach visit the Allianz Arena, while Ajax host AZ in the Eredivisie the following day.
Report Preview Lineups Details Report. Bayern Munch were second best to Ajax for long periods and will consider themselves lucky to escape with a point after a poor display.
Editors' Picks When are the Copa Libertadores finals? The Camp Nou was constructed over three years from to as a replacement for Barcelona's previous home, the nearby Camp de Les Corts , which had reached its limit for expansion.
The original capacity of the Camp Nou was just over 93,, but its first major final, the Cup Winners' Cup Final, was attended by fewer than 25, spectators.
By then, the stadium's capacity had been increased to over , Three years after hosting its first European Cup final in , the Camp Nou was selected as the principal stadium for the football tournament at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona; it was used as the venue for one group match, two quarter-finals, one semi-final and both medal matches as the host nation, Spain , claimed gold.
The following year, the stadium underwent a remodelling that reduced the capacity to around , Due to UEFA regulations regarding standing at football matches, the Camp Nou's terraced sections were closed for the Champions League Final, reducing the capacity to approximately 92, Of these, around two-thirds were reserved for the two finalist clubs approximately 30, tickets each.
The match ball for the final was the Nike NK Geo, a white ball with a standard panel design. It featured a large " swoosh " across two adjacent hexagonal panels with the Champions League logo on a pentagonal panel above, and a pattern of five-pointed stars similar to those used in the UEFA Champions League logo over the entire surface of the ball.
He had only refereed eight Champions League matches before the final, three of which came in the group stage earlier in the season, including the match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou on 4 November ; however, he had also taken charge of four matches at the Summer Olympics , including the final between Nigeria and Argentina , and two group stage matches at the FIFA World Cup.
As both Manchester United and Bayern Munich traditionally wore red as their primary kit colour, UEFA regulations would normally have required both teams to wear their change kits.
However, the two clubs felt it would have been a shame for neither to wear their traditional colours, and they agreed to toss a coin to see who would have first choice.
Manchester United won the toss and therefore wore their usual European colours of red shirts, white shorts and white socks, while Bayern wore silver shirts, shorts and socks, all with maroon trim.
Bayern Munich's fans, meanwhile, created a tifo of the name of their team with thousands of coloured cards. Manchester United left England two days before the final, first flying from Manchester Ringway Airport to Heathrow ,  where they boarded a Concorde aircraft for the flight to Barcelona.
Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld announced his team's line-up for the final two full days ahead of the match.
The Bayern defence was anchored around sweeper Lothar Matthäus , who played behind Thomas Linke and Ghana international Samuel Kuffour — the only non-German in the Bayern side by comparison, Manchester United had four Englishmen in their team ; Linke and Kuffour's partnership at centre-back meant club captain Thomas Helmer had to settle for a place on the bench.
Six minutes into the match, Ronny Johnsen fouled Bayern striker Carsten Jancker just outside the area, and Mario Basler placed a low free kick around the United wall to score the first goal.
Contrary to popular belief,   the free kick was not a deflection, but rather swerved into the far bottom corner of Peter Schmeichel's goal.
They seemed to be badly missing influential midfielders Paul Scholes and Roy Keane. The Bayern defence remained strong and well organised, as Andy Cole found out when his close-range effort was quickly closed down by three defenders.
As Bayern began to look increasingly more dangerous on the counter-attack than their opponents did in possession, Jancker repeatedly tested the United back four with a number of clever runs, some of which were flagged offside.
Cole once again found himself with a chance in the Bayern box, but keeper Oliver Kahn hurried out of his goal to punch the ball to safety.
At the other end, Basler came close with another free kick before Alexander Zickler sent a shot just wide from the edge of the box.
As half time approached, United winger Ryan Giggs, playing out of position on the right, sent a weak header towards Kahn from a Cole cross, but that was as close as they were to come to a goal in the first half.
The German team started the second half in a more positive mood with Jancker forcing a save from Schmeichel in the first minute of the restart. Basler was proving to be Bayern's most dangerous player, first firing a yard shot towards goal and then setting up a header for Markus Babbel, who missed the ball entirely.
United put together an attack when, after a healthy period of possession, Giggs sent in a cross towards Jesper Blomqvist who could only knock the ball over the bar after a desperate stretch.
Ottmar Hitzfeld responded with a substitution of his own, bringing on Mehmet Scholl , who immediately set up Stefan Effenberg for a long-range shot which went narrowly wide.
Schmeichel kept his side in the game when tipping another Effenberg shot over the bar after 75 minutes. A minute later, Bayern missed a chance to secure the trophy when an overhead kick from Jancker came off the crossbar.
United won a corner just as the fourth official indicated three minutes of injury time, and with so little time left for an equaliser, Peter Schmeichel ventured up to Bayern's penalty area.
Beckham flighted the corner in just over Schmeichel's head, Dwight Yorke put the ball back towards the crowded area, and after Thorsten Fink failed to clear sufficiently, the ball arrived at the feet of Ryan Giggs on the edge of the area.
His right-footed snap-shot was weak and poorly struck, but it went straight to Sheringham, who swiped at the shot with his right foot, and nestled the ball in the bottom corner of the net.
It looked as if, having been behind for most of the match, United had forced extra time. Beckham again swung the corner in, finding the head of Sheringham, who nodded the ball down across the face of goal.
The game restarted, but many Bayern players were overwhelmed with despair, virtually unable to continue and needed the assistance of referee Pierluigi Collina to drag themselves off the ground.
Samuel Kuffour broke down in tears after the game, beating the floor in despair, and even the giant Carsten Jancker had collapsed in anguish.
He had been substituted with 10 minutes remaining, with victory seemingly assured. The game's ending was so unexpected that UEFA President Lennart Johansson had left his seat in the stands before Sheringham's equaliser to make his way down to the pitch to present the European Cup trophy , already decorated with Bayern ribbons.
Staying true to his word from earlier in the season, the match was Schmeichel's last in a Manchester United shirt, and a month later he signed for Lisbon club Sporting Clube de Portugal.
After playing in all four matches of the club's pre-season tour of Australia and China in July , he suffered a succession of knee injuries that ruled him out of competitive action for the next two seasons.
He made two more appearances for the first team during the —01 pre-season campaign, as well as three matches for the reserves in September and October , before a free transfer to Everton in November that year.
Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer recognised that it was a loss of concentration in the last few minutes that led to his side's defeat: We already had victory in the bag and there were only a few seconds to go.
But those few seconds were enough for Manchester to get back into the game. We were playing well in the last 20 minutes and should have been able to hold on to victory.
But in the end, Manchester deservedly won. It's really difficult to digest and this is inconceivable for us but then this is what football is all about.
Normally when the opposition equalise you are expecting extra-time and it was a shock to our team when they scored the winner two minutes later. It could take days or even weeks to recover from this but I must say that Manchester are great champions.
In winning the trophy, Manchester United became the first English team to be crowned European champions since the Heysel Stadium disaster ban in , which had resulted in English clubs being excluded from UEFA competitions for five years, and also the first team to achieve a unique treble of the Premier League , FA Cup and European Cup in the same season.
Manchester United became the first team to win the European Cup or Champions League without being the champions of Europe or champions of their country the preceding season.
Manchester United planned an open-top bus tour of the city of Manchester the day after the game, at which they would parade their three trophies for an expected , people lining the streets between Sale and the city centre.
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