It was one of the biggest soccer scandals in history.

Mönchengladbach, October 20, 1971: In the Bökelberg Stadium, Borussia defeated the actually overpowering Inter Milan 7-1 in the round of 16 of the European Cup.

And the victory of the century was revoked because Inter striker Roberto Boninsegna was hit by a Coke can in the 28th minute, fell to the ground as if struck by lightning and had to be carried off the field.

Uefa decided: the game must be repeated.

Gladbach lost the second leg in Italy 2: 4 (which would easily have been enough to progress after the 7: 1), the replay ended 0: 0.

The Borussia were eliminated - and soccer Germany was furious.

Time for a summit, around the legendary Cola can.

On the one hand: Rainer Bonhof (68), then 19-year-old Gladbacher super talent and today Vice President of Borussia.

On the other hand: Dosen victim Roberto Boninsegna (77), then Italy's star striker, now a pensioner.

Emotions are still boiling ...


Signore Boninsegna, after the game in Germany you were considered an actor who cheated Gladbach out of victory, and you were hated.