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Gento and the first Intercontinental Cup

NEWS STORY. 18/01/2022

Real Madrid won the trophy for the first time in this competition with the Cantabrian key in the victory. 

Paco Gento and his teammates were dominant during the early years of the European Cup and extended Real Madrid's supremacy in the first ever Intercontinental Cup. This competition brought together the European champions and the winner of the Copa Libertadores in South America with the first competition taking place in 1960 with Real Madrid taking on Peñarol de Montevideo.

The final was played over two legs, with the Uruguayan capital hosting the first match. Gento didn't take part in that game, which ended 0-0, but he was involved in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu. Real Madrid got off to a spectacular start on 4 September 1960 and went 3-0 up inside the first minutes. Two from Puskas, Di Stéfano and Herrera were Real Madrid's goalscorers before Gento put his name in the history books by netting the fifth goal. A 5-1 final scoreline confirmed Real Madrid as the first world champion club champions.

5-Real Madrid: Domínguez, Marquitos, Santamaría, Pachín, Vidal, Zárraga, Herrera, Del Sol, Di Stéfano, Puskas and Gento.
1-Peñarol: Maidana, Pino, William Martínez, Majewski, Salvador, Aguerre, Cubilla, Linazza, Hohberg, Spencer and Borges.

1-0 (min. 3): Puskas.
2-0 (min. 4): Di Stéfano.
3-0 (min. 9): Puskas.
4-0 (min. 44): Herrera.
5-0 (min. 51): Gento.
5-1 (min. 66): Spencer.

Referee: Ken Aston (England).

Video.Gento, the only player in history to have won 6 European Cups