Fall ’73 : East Meets West In European Cup (first leg)


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Denmark international fullback JOHNNY HANSEN of Bayern Munich (right) and Dynamo Dresden winger RAINER SACHSE, who would later in his career be capped twice by the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, both eye the ball during the opening leg of the historic, first-ever all-German battle in the prestigous European Cup of Champions tie contested at Munich’s Olympiastadion in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
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As for the actual game itself, the inaugural all-German encounter in European competition certainly provided more of the back and forth sort of drama and excitement than the abundance of media hype and hoopla on both sides of the Iron Curtain in the three weeks leading up to the match could have ever possibly hoped to have asked for.

Trainer UDO LATTEK deployed the very same Startelf for the match with the Oberligameister at the Olympiastadion in Munich that had, just a few days earlier, taken part in the now-famous “Wunder von Betzenberg” game. This, the second half debacle during which Bayern Munich conceded six unanswered goals in the final half hour to thoroughly snatch an eye-opening 7-4 defeat from the jaws of victory at 1.FC Kaiserslautern in the Bundesliga. So, perhaps it was only fitting that the visitors from Lower Saxony scored first when Bayern Munich’s Denmark international defender JOHNNY HANSEN put the cross from Dynamo Dresden captain and defender FRANK GANZERA into his own net with barely a baker’s dozen minutes played.

WILHELM HOFFMANN had scored nine goals for Bayern Munich during the Bundesliga title-winning campaign the season before but essentially lost his place when the Bavarian club paid a then-record fee to sign West Germany international JUPP KAPELLMANN from 1.FC Koeln and also added attacker BERND GERSDORFF from relegated Eintracht Braunschweig in the summer of 1973. A very first goal of this new term in any competition from the recently restored 24-year-old winger arrived at a fortuitous time, though, and brought Bayern level. The move had been initiated by the versatile BERND DUERNBERGER, the 20-year-old capable of deployment up front on the wing but now replacing injured West Germany international PAUL BREITNER at left back.

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A deflated trio from the reigning two-time West German Bundesliga champions of Bayern Munich — BERND DUERNBERGER (3), the guilty Dane JOHNNY HANSEN (3) as well as FRANZ ROTH (6) — all despair as the East German Oberliga champions collectively celebrate after visiting Dynamo Dresden opened the scoring in the first leg of the European Cup tie at the Olympiastadion in southern Bavaria.
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Duernberger soon delighted the Bayern Munich supporters less than ten minutes later after taking a short pass from club captain and West Germany international libero FRANZ BECKENBAUER just outside the penalty area on the left. After a parallel run across the top of the box, the youngster unleased a wicked and irrepressible right-footer which banked in off the far post and staked the Bavarians to their first lead of the night. A second strike in Europe, then, for Duernberger, who already netted in the first round against Swedish side FF Atvidabergs, and, including Bundesliga contests, marked a seventh goal of this 1973-74 campaign for the former ESV Freilassing youth product.

Dynamo Dresden refused to remain behind for long and the visitors from the D.D.R. equalized when winger RAINER SACHSE was left all alone to easily head past Bayern Munich’s West Germany international goalkeeper SEPP MAIER from close range in the 36th minute. Just six minutes later, the 23-year-old Sachse sent shock waves through the Olympiastadion, if not the whole of Europe, by nodding down another cross from the captain Ganzera out on the left to the unattended GERT HEIDLER in front. The 25-year-old central striker, who later went on to earn 12 caps and score two goals for East Germany, controlled neatly to easily beat the luckless Maier, again from tight quarters.

And so it was the underdog of the German Democratic Republic, conquerors of Italian Serie A giant FC Juventus of Turin the first round, who adjourned for the halftime break in Bavaria a goal to the good. Entirely displeased with the situation, Bayern Munich president Wilhelm Neudecker entered the home team’s dressing room at the Olympiastadion and announced the prize money of 10,000 Deutsche Mark per man would be doubled should the Federal Republic club rally to victory in the second half. Meanwhile, the trainer Lattek decided to withdraw Gersdorff, who had scored two goals before being sent off in the Wunder von Betzenberg, in favor of inexperienced midfielder ERWIN HADEWICZ, the 22-year-old who had made exactly one substitute appearance in fourteen matches for Bayern Munich in all competitions thus far this season.

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West Germany international superstar striker GERD MUELLER of Bayern Munich, who netted twice against the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics during the Final of the 1972 UEFA European Championships in Belgium, looks to settle the ball in front of Dynamo Dresden defender SIEGMAR WAETZLICH (far right), who earned a bronze medal for East Germany at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games hosted by Munich, during the first leg of the historic European Cup of Champions duel at Munich’s Olympiastadion in late October of 1973.
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If perhaps nervously, Neudecker and the rest of the Bayern Munich supporters were made to wait until less than twenty remained in the match with Dynamo Dresden for the score to be knotted once more.

But then youthful West Germany international star midfielder ULI HOENESS, the 21-year-old talent who scored such a magnificent goal against East Germany in the Olympiastadion at the 1972 Munich Summer Games thirteen months ago, floated a high ball into the box that was not properly cleared by the Dynamo Dresden defense. Although Hoffmann could not control cleanly, he wisely allowed veteran midfielder FRANZ ROTH to take over and the 27-year-old with four caps for West Germany, with the aid of a slight deflection of Ganzera, was able to shoot past Dynamo Dresden’s young goalkeeper CLAUS BODEN.

The always-reliable midfielder Roth went on to register eight goals in the Bundesliga over the course of that 1973-74 campaign, but this would stand as the career Bayern Munich man’s only strike in Europe for the season.

Finally, in the 83rd minute, the most lethal striker in all the world at that time stepped to the forefront to decide the match in the Bavarians’ favor. Midfielder RAINER ZOBEL lifted a ball from out on the left wing into the area hoping for Hoeness but none of the four players in the vicinity were able to make contact. After being allowed to disastrously bounce in the box by the heart of the Dynamo Dresden defense, West Germany international star striker GERD “der Bomber” MUELLER met the ball at the back post and finished routinely to record his third strike in Europe and 15th goal of the season in all competitions for Bayern Munich.

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