1987 European Cup : Pulsating Finish For FC Porto At Praterstadion


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Algeria two-time World Cup attacker RABAH MADJER (left), who signed for Portuguese club FC Porto after two seasons in France with FC Racing Paris and FC Tours, competes for possession with West German outfit Bayern Munich’s former East Germany U-21 international NORBERT NACHTWEIH, who earned a UEFA Cup winners’ medal with Eintracht Frankfurt in 1980, during the 1987 European Cup Final at the Praterstadion in the Austrian capital city of Vienna. (Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
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May 27, 1987 — 62,000 spectators pack the venerable Praterstadion in Vienna. West German powerhouse BAYERN MUNICH are less than a quarter hour from capturing a fourth European Cup in the club’s proud history at the expense of Portuguese side FC Porto.

Bayern Munich had been forced to enter the Final without suspended West Germany international sweeper and club captain KLAUS AUGENTHALER, later a World Cup champion at Rome in 1990. Augenthaler had been shown a red card a half hour into the 1-0 second leg loss of the European Cup semifinal with La Liga giant Real Madrid; wearing the captain’s armband in place of Augenthaler in the Final at the Praterstadion was West Germany World Cup midfielder LOTHAR MATTHAEUS, who had scored twice for Bayern Munich in the 4-1 first leg victory over the Spanish champions.

Also absent from the Startelf in Vienna was injured striker ROLAND WOHLFARTH, the Bavarians’ leading Bundesliga scorer with 11 goals for the 1986-87 season; Wohlfarth was also tied with Matthaeus as the team’s top Torjaeger in Europe with four goals from eight games.

Nevertheless, Bayern Munich went to the lead in the 25th minute via the unlikely source of LUDWIG KOEGL. The 21-year-old winger, who was capped twice by West Germany before his twentieth birthday but never thereafter, scored just two goals in 21 Bundesliga games that 1986-87 campaign. For Koegl, the go-ahead goal against FC Porto was also his first of the season in the European Cup and just his second career strike ever in Europe.

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Poland international goalkeeper JOZEF MLYNARCZYK, who collected 42 caps and started all eleven of Poland’s matches at both the 1982 and 1986 World Cup final tournaments, catches a high ball under pressure from veteran Bayern Munich striker DIETER HOENESS, who came on as a second half substitute in the 1986 FIFA World Cup Final against Argentina while winning six caps (four goals) for West Germany in his career, at the Praterstadion in Vienna.
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FC Porto, for its part, were without their scoring ace — Portugal World Cup striker FERNANDO GOMES — as well. The 30-year-old veteran, who won the Golden Boot in 1983 and 1985 as the most prolific goal-getter in all of European professional football, had led the Portuguese side with five goals in the 1986-87 European Cup and levied the semi-final winner versus Dynamo Kiev of the Soviet Union. In a stroke of bad luck, however, the scorer of 289 career league goals for FC Porto broke his leg only a few days before the Final at the Praterstadion.

Two-thirds into the second half, perhaps with the hopes of FC Porto beginning to dim, a memorable moment of individual brilliance arrived to trigger the demise of Bayern Munich.

Having come on after the break, the 27-year-old Brazilian journeyman striker JUARY received a ball and burst in on the right. Bayern Munich’s experienced goalkeeper JEAN-MARIE PFAFF, who represented Belgium 64 times and tended the nets at two World Cup final tournaments in his career, moved out to confront the one-time Inter Milan attacker. Juary, however, was just able to chip the ball over the sliding Pfaff across the face of goal.

Algeria’s two-time World Cup striker RABAH MADJER of FC Porto was positioned with his back to the goal as the ball arrived. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich midfielder HANS-DIETER FLICK raced back in a desperate bid to guard the unmanned cage. Madjer, immediately realizing what the most expedient, if only, option would be, majestically backheeled into the corner of the net to equalize.

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Algeria international striker RABAH MADJER, who scored his country’s first goal in the noteworthy 2-1 upset of 1980 European champion West Germany at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, is mobbed by his FC Porto teammates after evening the 1987 European Cup Final against Bayern Munich in the 78th minute with a bold and exemplary backheel at the venerable Praterstadion in the capital city of Austria. (Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
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Seizing on the momentum generated by such a spectacular goal, FC Porto surged forth to produce a match-winner inside of two minutes after finally pulling level.

Again, the Algerian magician Madjer was at the vanguard of the assault. Racing down the left wing, the FC Porto # 8 turned Bayern Munich defender HELMUT WINKELHOFER completely inside and out before delivering a perfect, curling cross. On the other end was the airborne Juary, who emphatically thumped the ball with his foot past the hapless Pfaff into the roof of the net.

For Juary, who was capped exactly twice by Brazil and spent five seasons with four clubs in Italy before transferring to Portugal, the goal in the European Cup Final was not only the most important of his three-year tenure with FC Porto, but, indeed, easily the most significant of his entire professional career.

There was no way back for Bayern Munich after the late Blitz — as winners of the European Cup of Champions, FC Porto finally ascended to a par on terms with great domestic arch-rival Benfica of Lisbon.

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