It started a run of three victories in five seasons for the Spanish club. This season was the first to have six groups, as opposed to four in the previous tournament, which meant that only two group runners-up qualified for the quarter finals as opposed to all the second-placed teams.
It was also the first to have two qualifying rounds instead of just one. For the first time, the runners-up of eight domestic leagues three teams: The runners-up entered the second qualifying round, while the league winners entered directly the group stage except for Turkey where both winner and runner-up entered the second qualifying round.
Borussia Dortmund , the defending champions, were eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual winners Real Madrid.
Armenia , Azerbaijan , Belarus , Slovakia and the Republic of Macedonia all entered their champions for the first time, while the champion of Yugoslavia returned to this competition for the first time after —92 season and the abolishment of UN ban.
Winning teams of the first qualifying round were drawn against teams qualified directly for the second qualifying round. Because of the unequal number of teams 15 and 17 , Wüstenrot Salzburg and Sparta Prague had to play against each other.
The quarter-final between German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund marked the first meeting of two teams from the same country in the Champions League.
With Bayer Leverkusen also having qualified, it marked the first time three clubs from the same nation played in the knockout phase.
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Riedle then made it two with a header from a corner kick from the right. Ricken chipped Angelo Peruzzi in the Juve goal from over 20 yards with his first touch of the ball, to make it 3—1 for Dortmund.
Ricken's goal was the fastest ever by a substitute in said event. With Zinedine Zidane unable to make an impression for Juve against the close marking of Lambert,       the 3—1 victory gave Dortmund their only Champions League title to date.
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