LIVERPOOL’S UEFA CUP FINALS
It’s a huge night for Liverpool Football Club as they go in search of a record equaling fourth UEFA Cup/Europa League triumph against record holders Sevilla. We take a quick look back at the iconic games nights that saw Liverpool take home the Coupe UEFA.
Liverpool 3 Borussia Moenchengladbach 2
Played over two legs, the first game at Anfield was actually abandoned due to the adverse weather and replayed the following night. In the time that was played in the abandoned game Bill Shankly saw enough to help him devise a plan for Liverpool take a 3-0 lead into the return leg in Germany, with both sides missing penalties into the Kop as well.
The second leg saw the powerful Germans take the game to Liverpool and two first half goals from future Champions League winning manager Jupp Heynckes gave them a real hope of victory only for Liverpool’s resolute defence to hold and see the Reds take the title.
Liverpool 4 Club Brugge 3
One of the original classic Anfield nights as Liverpool fought back from two goals behind in the first leg of the first half to score three times in five second half minutes into the Kop end with Kevin Keegan making up for his penalty miss at the same stage three years previously. A brilliant free-kick from the future England manager would see Liverpool take the title in Belgium in the second leg. The two sides would renew rivalries in the European Cup final just two years later with Liverpool pipping their foes once more.
Liverpool 5 Alaves 4
The most incredible European final until …. well Istanbul four years later! This remains one of the most dramatic of all Liverpool finals, and there have been a few of those! Having only become a one-off final since 1997-98, and with the previous year’s fixture a boring penalty shoot-out win for Galatasaray over Arsenal, no one expected much as Liverpool came up against surprise package Alaves from Spain.
The Spaniards had seen off Gaziantespsor, Lillestrom, Rosenburg, Inter Milan, Rayo Vallecano on their way to the last four and smashed Kaiserlauten 9-2 on aggregate in the semi-final to gain their place in the final while Liverpool had to get past Olympiacos, Roma, Porto and Barcelona among others to reach this stage.
Played in Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion Liverpool took an early two goal lead and led 3-1 at the interval. Alaves fought back to 3-3 before Robbie Fowler looked to have sealed it with a seventy-second minute strike. Unbelievably Jordi Cruyff equalized again with two minutes remaining but with two men sent off in extra time Liverpool sealed victory through a deflected Gary McAllister free-kick in golden goal extra-time. Extraordinary.
Liverpool ? Sevilla ?
If we can get a final of even half the quality of the above we are in for a treat tonight!
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