1984 Intercontinental Cup

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1984 Intercontinental Cup
ToyotaCup1984.jpg
Match programme cover
Date 9 December 1984
Venue National Stadium, Tokyo
Man of the Match José Percudani (Independiente)1
Referee Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)
Attendance 62,000
1983
1985

The 1984 Intercontinental Cup was an association football match between Independiente of Argentina and Liverpool of England on 9 December 1984 at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, the annual Intercontinental Cup contested between the winners of the Copa Libertadores and European Cup. Independiente were appearing in their sixth Intercontinental Cup, they had won the competition once in 1973 and lost the other four. Liverpool were making their second appearance in the competition, after their loss in 1981.2

The teams had qualified for the competition by winning their continent's primary cup competition. Independiente qualified by winning the primary South American cup competition, the Copa Libertadores. They won the 1984 Copa Libertadores defeating Brazilian team Grêmio 3–1 on points in the finals. Liverpool qualified by winning the primary European cup competition, the European Cup. They beat Italian team Roma 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out after the match finished 1–1.

Watched by a crowd of 62,000, Indenpendiente took the lead in the sixth minute when José Percudani scored. Liverpool had the better of the possession during the match but they were unable to convert their chances ad the match finished in a 1–0 victory to Independiente. The win was the Argentine's second triumph in the competition, and the fifth in a row by the South American team.

Match

Background

Indenpendiente qualified for the Intercontinental Cup as the reigning Copa Libertadores winners. They had won the 1984 Copa Libertadores beating Grêmio 3–1 on points over two legs in the finals. It would be Indenpendiente's sixth appearance in the competition. Their previous five appearances had resulted in one win in 1973 and four defeats in 1964, 1965, 1972 and 1974.

Liverpool had qualified for the Intercontinental Cup as a result of winning the 1983–84 European Cup. They had beaten Roma 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out after the match finished 1–1 to win their fourth European Cup. Liverpool were appearing in their second Intercontinental Cup. Their appearance in 1981 resulted in a 3–0 defeat against Flamengo. Liverpool were scheduled to appear in 1977 and 1978 but didn't compete. They declined to play in 1977 and were replaced by runners-up Borussia Mönchengladbach, while in 1978, Liverpool and Boca Juniors declined to play each other.3

Summary

Before the match Liverpool lost defender Mark Lawrenson who had injured his hamstring in training. Gary Gillespie was his replacement.4 Liverpool kicked off the match, but they conceded a goal after six minutes. Claudio Marangoni sent a ball over the Liverpool defence for striker José Percudani, whose low shot beat the advancing Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar to give Independiente a 1–0 lead.5

Despite being the better team for the majority of the match, Liverpool were unable to beat the Independiente defence, with their shooting in front of goal being the culprit. Both sides questioned some of the referee's decisions. Liverpool believed they should have had two penalties, while Independiente felt that the assistant referee decisions were questionable. Incidentally, the referee had served half of his two match ban handed out by the Brazilian Football Association.4

Despite the defeat, Liverpool manager Joe Fagan could fault the effort his players had put in: "Independiente are a good defensive tactical team and we could find no way through, the weather was ideal, we were just as fit as they were. The South Americans have better ball control than we do. We were disappointed with the result but I wasn't disappointed with the display."4

Details

9 December 1984
12:00 JST
Independiente Argentina 1–0 England Liverpool
Percudani Goal 6' Report
National Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)
GK 1 Uruguay Carlos Goyén
DF 2 Argentina Hugo Villaverde Substituted off 74'
DF 3 Argentina Carlos Enrique
DF 4 Argentina Néstor Clausen
DF 5 Argentina Enzo Trossero
MF 6 Argentina Claudio Marangoni
MF 7 Argentina Jorge Burruchaga
MF 8 Argentina Ricardo Giusti
FW 9 Argentina José Percudani
MF 10 Argentina Ricardo Bochini
FW 11 Argentina Alejandro Barberón
Substitutes:
DF 13 Argentina Pedro Monzón Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Argentina José Pastoriza


Man of the Match:
Argentina José Percudani (Independiente)

Assistant referees:

GK 1 Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 4 England Phil Neal
LB 6 England Alan Kennedy
CB 3 Scotland Gary Gillespie
LM 2 Scotland Steve Nicol
CB 5 Scotland Alan Hansen
CF 7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
CM 8 Denmark Jan Mølby Booked
CF 9 Wales Ian Rush
RM 10 England Craig Johnston
CM 11 Scotland John Wark Substituted off 76'
Substitutes:
MF 14 Republic of Ireland Ronnie Whelan Substituted in 76'
GK 12 England Bob Bolder
MF 13 Scotland Kevin MacDonald
FW 15 Republic of Ireland Michael Robinson
Manager:
England Joe Fagan

See also

References

  1. ^ Percudani, Percudani (2 January 2009). "Toyota Cup – Most Valuable Player of the Match Award". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Gorgazzi, Osvaldo (13 Feb 2005). "Intercontinental Club Cup 1984". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Stokkermans, Karel; Magnani, Loris (30 April 2005). "Intercontinental Club Cup". Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistisc Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Harrison, Gerry (10 December 1984). "Liverpool fail to bridge the gulf on the field". The Times. 
  5. ^ "1984: Independiente deny Liverpool". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 9 December 1984. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 

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