There is no other way to describe the match. Outplayed, out-thought, out-fought, outclassed. Arsenal had thrown away a two-goal lead in the first leg and had been confident of retrieving the slender single goal deficit, especially with two away goals in the bag. This remains at the point of writing, the finest performance I have seen by an away team at Arsenal in European club competition, possibly in all competitions.
It was a bleak night for English clubs, only Aston Villa progressed in their defence of the European Champions Cup. They and Liverpool (who played the following night) had short-lived reprieves, exiting in the next round at the hands of Juventus and Widzew Lodz respectively.
Manchester United went out 1 – 2 on aggregate to Valencia, who eliminated Spartak in the third round before losing in the quarter-finals to the competitions eventual winners, Anderlecht. Ipswich and Southampton lost on this night to AS Roma and Norrkoepping in the UEFA Cup. Tottenham’s gloating lasted for a month in the Cup Winners Cup before they were thrashed 5 – 2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich.