Herbst ’73 : East Meets West In European Cup (second leg)


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With the official match ball in hand, French referee ROBERT WURTZ leads the two sides out onto the pitch before the capacity crowd at the Dynamo Stadion for the return leg of the historic European Cup meeting between host DYNAMO DRESDEN, captained by East Germany’s 1972 Olympic bronze medalist FRANK GANZERA (far left), and visitng BAYERN MUNICH, skippered by West Germany’s 1972 European Cup of Nations champion FRANZ “der Kaiser” BECKENBAUER (far right).
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The close loss by the minimum margin and three potentially-vital away goals in the bank from the first leg in Bavaria had left Oberligameister DYNAMO DRESDEN with all to play for in the return leg of the historic European Cup tie with Bundesligakoenig BAYERN MUNICH a fortnight later in the Deutsche Demokratische Republik.

Dynamo Dresden trainer WALTER FRITZSCH made no changes to his Startelf from the initial encounter in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland. As for the other side, Bayern Munich were now without the services of winger BERND GERSDORFF, who had been substituted at the half against Dynamo in the first leg and then subsequently transferred back to the club from whom he had arrived in the summer, Eintracht Braunschweig. Inserted into the Bavarian team was seldom-used EDGAR SCHNEIDER, the 24-year-old former 1972 West Germany Olympic squad member who had started just three of Bayern’s first fourteen games in the Bundesliga thus far.

Bayern Munich trainer UDO LATTEK, more importantly, adopted a particular strategy which proved to be most effective — West Germany international superstar striker GERD “der Bomber” MUELLER was instructed to drift back deep into midfield and allow the in-form ULI HOENESS, the West Germany international midfielder who had found the back of the net in both of the Bundesliga shutout victories against Vfb Stuttgart and Vfl Bochum in the Bavarians’ two matches since the first leg against Dynamo in Munich, to move into the space created up front.

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The ploy worked to perfection right away as Mueller’s markers, including the talented but still only 22-year-old libero HANS-JUERGEN DOERNER, were drawn out of position in the center of the Dynamo Dresden defense. Twice within the game’s first dozen minutes, the 21-year-old Hoeness beat his shadow, the 29-year-old veteran EDUARD GEYER, for pace at the back while giving Bayern Munich the quick 2-0 advantage. A tenth goal of the season in all competitions for Bayern Munich by Hoeness also had Dynamo looking directly from the wrong side of a 6-3 aggregate scoreline.

Dynamo Dresden were not in the frame of mind to fold their tent so early in their home city, however, and pulled a goal back from Olympic bronze medalist and East Germany international defender SIEGMAR WAETZLICH three minutes before the halftime whistle. Inside the home side’s dressing room, Geyer is said to have cried like a baby for his mishandling of the situation. But it would be a pair of youngsters, both of whom went on to have great success at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal a few years later, who led the charge with an immeidate second half counterattack for the hosts.

18-year-old midfielder HARTMUT SCHADE finally was able to head the ball into the net following a mad scramble in front seven minutes after the re-start to level the match for Dynamo Dresden and bring the Oberliga club within one on aggregate. Just four minutes later, 21-year-old East Germany international midfielder REINHARD HAEFNER scored again to give the hosts a 3-2 edge for the evening and the all-important, tie-breaking lead by virtue of the away goals rule. And so the socialist David had the capitalist Goliath down but, sadly for the partisan crowd at the Dynamo Stadion, ultimately failed to finish off the Bavarian giant.

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West Germany international striker GERD “der Bomber” MUELLER (13), who scored two critical goals for Bayern Munich in the European Cup of Champions tie with Dynamo Dresden roughly eight months earlier, found his success-rate decline sharply in his second meeting with opposition from the Deutsche Demokratische Republik and could only put a ball off the proverbial woodwork against East Germany in the historic FIFA World Cup match at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion in late June of 1974.
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Bayern Munich, in fact, responded within a scant 120 seconds after falling behind on aggregate. At the heart of the movement was the two-goal hero Hoeness, who, after, exchanging passes with Mueller, played a ball into the box for Schneider on the left. A last ditch tackle by the Dynamo Dresden defense dispossed the winger, who would not score a goal on any of his ten appearances in either Europe or the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich during the 1973/74 campaign and, after the season, be sent on his way to FC Augsburg.

But the ball fell kindly for the central striker Mueller and the world’s most dangerous Torjaeger at that time quickly swept the ball past advancing Dynamo Dresden goalkeeeper CLAUS BODEN and restored Bayern Munich’s advantage to 7-6 on aggregate.

Another goal from Dynamo Dresden could have sent the match to penalty kicks, as had happened to Bayern Munich in their first round tie with Swedish club FF Atvidabergs. But Lattek’s troops were able to tighten up at the back and survive the final half hour in the German Democratic Republic. And so it, in the end, it was the Bundesligakoenig who were able to outlast the Oberligameister in a back and forth, high-scoring affair over two legs on both sides of the Iron Curtain — but only just.

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The decisive goal of GERD MUELLER (9) for visiting Bayern Munich against host Dynamo Dresden in the second leg at the Dynamo Stadion in Dresden

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November 7, 1973
European Cup of Champions
second round, second leg

3 – DYNAMO DRESDEN ———— Waetzlich 42′, Schade 52′, Haefner 56′
3 – BAYERN MUNICH ————— Hoeness 10′, 12′, Mueller 58′

DYNAMO DRESDEN : Boden; Helm, Doerner, Waetzlich, Ganzera, Haefner, Geyer, Schade (Riedel 78′), Sachse, Heidler, Rau

BAYERN MUNICH : Maier ; Duernberger, Beckenbauer, Schwarzenbeck, Hansen, Zobel, Roth, Hoeness, Schneider, Mueller, Hoffmann

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