Tuesday, April 25, 2006

25th April - Spurs in History

Contrasting fortunes in Europe on this day - similar results but different outcomes.
25th April,1984

Spurs 1 Hadjuk Split 0 UEFA Cup Semi-Final (2nd Leg)

Having lost the first leg game by 1-2 with Split scoring twice in the second half Spurs were under pressure to regain the initiative. They scored after six minutes when at a free kick outside the penalty area, Micky Hazard (Pic: Micky Hazard - Spurs' goalscoring hero) managed to bend the ball round the wall and inside the post. If the score line remained unchanged Spurs would progress on the away goals rule.

Hadjuk attacked and Spurs survived a scare when Parks parried the ball onto the bar which it rolled along before dropping to the ground where a flapping and relieved goalkeeper fell on it.

Earlier in the season manager, Keith Burkinshaw, had announced that he would be leaving at the end of the season and the players were determined to give him a leaving present, the UEFA Cup. At least, they had reached the Final.

25th April, 1973

Spurs 2 Liverpool 1 UEFA Cup Semi-Final (2nd Leg)

Although Spurs won to level the aggregate score, the Liverpool goal took them through on the away goals rule. Spurs had been hoping for an early goal to cancel Liverpool's advantage from the first leg but it didn't come until the second half when Martin Peters scored the first of his two goals. Having levelled Spurs went in search of a second and were caught at the back allowing Liverpool to equalise. This left Spurs needing two to qualify for the Final, Peters got a second but a third goal was a step too far for them.


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