European Cup Final 1983-1984

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AS Roma 1-1 Liverpool FC (aet) European Cup Final - 1983/1984

Liverpool Win 4-2 0n Penalties

Liverpool FC returned to the scene of their first European Champion Clubs' Cup triumph to lift the trophy for a fourth time in 1983/84. Key to their success was Welsh international Ian Rush. Although he failed to register against Odense BK in the first round, his predatory instincts settled three difficult away ties in the Reds' favour. Rush got the only goal of the double-header with Athletic Club Bilbao in the second leg at San Mamés, then consolidated 1-0 Anfield wins with one and two-goal salvoes at SL Benfica and FC Dinamo Bucuresti.

Scottish challenge   The Romanian side had upset holders Hamburger SV in the second round, yet Rush's brace eased any Liverpool nerves and secured their fourth final appearance in eight years. Remarkably, this was very nearly an all-British affair, with Dundee United FC 90 minutes away from joining them. The Scottish champions beat AS Roma 2-0 in their semi-final first leg at Tannadice Park - only to lose 3-0 to Niels Liedholm's team in Rome. The veteran Swedish trainer had assembled a stellar cast including Brazilians Falcão and Toninho Cerezo, and Italians Bruno Conti and Roberto Pruzzo.

Kennedy decider   But playing the final on home turf at the Olimpico proved a double-edged sword. While Pruzzo was able to equalise Phil Neal's early strike, the longer the match went, the more the Italian side struggled under the weight of expectancy. So, come penalties, it was Roma - and not Reds goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar - who were really wobbling. Conti and Francesco Graziani missed, leaving Alan Kennedy to convert the winning spot-kick for Joe Fagan's side. For the first time, the competition had been decided by the 'dreaded lottery'.

European Cup, Final, Wednesday 30th May 1894, Stadio Olimpico
AS Roma Kick Off - 20:15pm Liverpool


Half Time 1:1
Liverpool won 4-2 0n Penalties

 0:1  14' Phil Neal
 1:1  43' Roberto Pruzzo
 0:0  Missed - Steve Nicol - Liverpool
 1:0  Agostino Di Bartolomei - AS Roma
 1:1  Phil Neal - Liverpool
 1:1  Missed - Bruno Conti - AS Roma
 1:2  Graeme Souness - Liverpool
 2:2  Ubaldo Righetti - AS Roma
 2:3  Ian Rush - Liverpool
 2:3  Francesco Graziani - AS Roma
 2:4  Alan Kennedy - Liverpool

 1  Franco Tancredi    1  Bruce Grobbelaar  
 2  Michele Nappi    2  Phil Neal  
 3  Dario Bonetti    3  Alan Kennedy  
 4  Ubaldo Righetti    4  Mark Lawrenson  
 5  Paulo Roberto Falcao    5  Ronnie Whelan  
 6  Sebastiano Nela    6  Alan Hansen  
 7  Bruno Conti    7  Kenny Dalglish   
 8  Antonio Carlos Cerezo     8  Sammy Lee  
 9  Roberto Pruzzo     9  Ian Rush  
 10  Agostino Di Bartolomei (C)    10  Craig Johnston   
 11  Francesco Graziani    11  Graeme Souness  

 Substitutes  Substitues

14  Mark Tullio Strukelj     13  Bob Bolder  
 15  Odoacre Chierico     12  Michael Robinson   
       14  Steve Nicol   
       15  David Hodgson  
       16  Gary Gillespie  

 Manager: Nils Liedholm  Manager: Joe Fagan

   Stadio Olimpico, Rome
   Erik Fredriksson