Thursday, April 05, 2007

Spurs in History - 5th April

5th April, 1962

'The End of a Dream'

Spurs 2 Benfica 1 European Cup Semi Final (2nd Leg) (Lost 3-4 on agg.)

Spurs came so close to reaching the Final but they couldn’t pull back the two goal deficit against the reigning European Champions. In the first leg in Lisbon Spurs had two goals ruled out for offside and they were determined to comeback strongly as they had in earlier rounds of the competition.

However, their task became even more difficult when they went a goal behind after 15 minutes. From then on Spurs pounded the Benfica defence, Jimmy Greaves had another goal disallowed for offside but eventually equalised in the 35th minute when Bobby Smith scored. Spurs continued to force the visitors back and in the second minute of the second half, Danny Blanchflower scored from a penalty after a foul on John White.

The supporters roared Spurs on and they threw everything at Benfica, hitting the bar and missing some chances but couldn’t get that extra goal.

Benfica were greatly relieved to hear the final whistle.


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