On the 6th of May 1998, Lazio went down to Paris to play her first European Cup Final.
The Parc Des Princes was the arena of this one-legged final, where Lazio had to beat Inter, to gain her first European succes.
For Sven-Göran Eriksson's side it was the first date with history, but the outcome was different.
At the Parc des Princes, however, the outlook was bad from the fifth minute when Iván Zamorano put Inter ahead.
And grimmer still when Javier Zanetti and Ronaldo rounded off the scoring in Inter's favour.
"They deserved to win," conceded Eriksson, "but not by 3-0."
Not that the Nerazzurri were complaining.
But for Lazio a humble lesson in efficiency, but a good lesson.
Lazio would gain their first European succes, the next year by beating Mallorca in the Cup Winners Cup final. And 3 months later, even gaining the UEFA Supercup, by beating Manchester United in Monaco.
MATCH DETAILS :
L A Z I O:
Marchegiani, Grandoni (54' Gottardi), Nesta, Negro, Favalli, Fuser, Venturin (48' Almeyda), Jugovic, Nedved, R. Mancini, Casiraghi.
Reserves : Ballotta, G. Lopez, Marcolin, Rambaudi - Coach Eriksson
I N T E R:
Pagliuca, Fresi, Colonnese, West, Winter (68' Cauet), Zé Elias, Simeone, Zanetti, Djorkaeff (68' Moriero), Ronaldo, Zamorano (73' Sartor)
Reserves : Mazzantini, Galante, Recoba, Kanu - Coach Simoni
Referee : Lopez Nieto (Spain)
Goals : 5' Zamorano (Inter) 60' Zanetti (Inter) 71' Ronaldo (Inter)
Attendance : 50.000
Corners : Lazio 6 - Inter 1
Yellow card : Jugovic, Almeyda 2 (Lazio) - Fresi, Zanetti, Ronaldo (Inter)
Red card : 82' West (Inter) 89' Almeyda (Lazio)