3 Real Madrid vs. 2 Milan
Before taking on another Italian side on the 28th of May 1958, the Whites knocked out Belgian team Royal Antwerp, Sevilla and Hungarian side Vasas. Beating Milan to lift the third European Cup was by no means easy. In the 78th minute, at 1-1, Grillo gave Viani's team a lead that put Madrid's dream of another trophy in danger. Fortunately, Rial levelled when the clock read 79 and Gento sealed the victory in extra time.
Real Madrid also won the league that season. They had a chance of doing the treble but the lost to Athletic de Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Generalísimo (2-0).
Alonso, Atienza II, Santamaría, Lesmes, Santisteban, Zárraga, Kopa, Joseíto, Di Stéfano, Rial and Gento. Coach: Luis Carniglia.
Soldan, Fontana, Maldini, Beraldo, Bergamaschi, Radice, Danova, Liedholm, Schiaffino, Grillo and Cucchiaroni.
0-1 (min.59): Schiaffino. 1-1 (min.74): Di Stéfano. 1-2 (min.77): Grillo. 2-2 (min.79): Rial. 3-2 (min.107): Gento.
The final coincided with the International Exposition and the opening of the famous Atomium in Brussels.
The Real Madrid players witnessed a technological advance for football in Budapest. The 'Nep Stadion' in Hungary had one of the first electronic scoreboards in the world.
The European press heaped praise on Real Madrid. “Di Stéfano is the best player in the world and Gento, the fastest and most dangerous left-winger in Europe”, reported the Daily Express.