Monday, May 16, 2011

European Cup 1984 1985 Liverpool Panathinaikos

Semi Final,
First Leg
10 April 1985
Anfield, Liverpool

Attendance: 39,488
Referee: Jan Keizer

 Merseyside was enjoying its finest hour of European and domestic success. Everton were top of the first division, Liverpool second. Both clubs were in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Everton were into the semi-finals of the Cup Winners' Cup. There was a real possibility of four of the most prized trophies in Europe ending up in Scouse hands. Liverpool were relieved to have avoided Juventus, the Italian giants who had already beaten them in the Super Cup, albeit under atrocious weather conditions in Turin. With Juventus pitched against the French champions Bordeaux, a Liverpool/Juventus final always seemed the likely outcome. It was the first time Liverpool had ever entertained Panathinaikos, although the Greek champions had travelled to Merseyside once before, when they knocked Everton out of the European Cup quarter-final in 1971.

That year, Panathinaikos went all the way to the final before losing 2-0 to Ajax at Wembley. On paper there seemed to be little to worry about the new Panathinaikos. However, as Joe Fagan reminded everyone: 'Once you reach the semi-final of any competition, there are no favourites, only winners and losers.' Perhaps he was being a little over-cautious, although at one point, earlier in the competition, Panathinaikos had been three goals down inside 25 minutes to Northern Ireland's Linfield but had pulled back to draw 3-3. Most of their ties seemed to have been won with dubious penalties and there was a warning for the Liverpool players from the boot room that body contact anywhere near the box was likely to result in some theatrical diving. 

 Liverpool heeded the warnings, although there was almost an embarrassment in the early moments as Grobbelaar let a 30-yard drive from Rocha slip through his arms into the net. Fortunately, another player was offside and Grobbelaar was spared his blushes. With Dalglish back from suspension, Liverpool were again in full flight. On the half hour, the pressure told, as a long range shot from MacDonald was pushed on to the post and Wark raced in to shoot home the rebound. Three minutes after the interval, Whelan found Rush unmarked and he scored with a header. Two minutes later, Lee intercepted a clearance and centred for Rush to dart through and score. Panathinaikos tried to salvage some respectability, but received no reward for their efforts. Instead, in the 85th minute, Dalglish spotted Beglin galloping into space and planted the ball on his head and Beglin, in his first game in Europe, scored his first goal. It would prove to be the last European goal Liverpool would score at Anfield for six years.

Liverpool: Grobbelaar, Neal, Beglin, Lawrenson, Lee, Hansen, Dalglish, Whelan, Rush, MacDonald, Wark.
Panathinaikos: Laftsis, Gerothodoros, Karulias, Kirastas, Zajec, Dontas, Saravakos, Andoniou (Livathinos), Mavridis, Rocha, Dimopoulos (Kavuras).
Scorers: Wark (35), Rush (48, 50), Beglin (85).

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1 comment:

  1. thank you for the great match man...more panathinaikos please..