Intercontinental Cup 1985

      8 December 1985, Tokyo, Juventus 2-2 Argentinos Juniors (Juventus win 4-2 on penalties).

      Following their European Cup victory against Liverpool in Brussels, Juventus earned the right to contest the Intercontinental Cup against winners of the Copa Libertadores, Argentinos Juniors (Maradona’s former side). A majority Bianconeri supporting crowd of 62,000 packed out the stands of the National Stadium in Tokyo to witness the great spectacle that was to follow.

      The encounter proved to be an extremely balanced affair and the two teams headed down the tunnel at the end of the first half with the score still locked at 0-0. Argentinos emerged from the interval all guns blazing and took the lead ten minutes after the restart via Ereros but soon saw their advantage evaporate thanks to a converted penalty from Platini.

      The Frenchman came close to doubling his tally shortly after with a superb strike on the half volley which would have been one of his best ever goals. However, a historic blunder from German referee Roth saw the goal subsequently disallowed as he adjudged that the ball hadn’t actually crossed the line. This paved the way for one of the most memorable and lasting images in Juventus history as Platini lay down on the pitch in disbelief and protest.

      Argentinos rubbed salt into the wounds by restoring their advantage on 75 minutes but then Bianconeri striker Laudrup rose to the occasions and netted the decisive equaliser eight minutes from time. Following two uneventful periods of extra-time, the game eventually headed to a penalty shootout.

      Brio, Cabrini and Serena each converted their penalties to provide Juve with a slender 3-2 lead with two spot kicks remaining. After missed penalties for either side, man-of-the-match Platini stepped up and displayed nerves of steel to net the winning strike (4-2) and give Juventus their first ever Intercontinental trophy.




      Giovanni Trapattoni

      Tacconi, Favero, Cabrini, Brio, Bonini, Scirea, Pioli, Mauro, Briaschi, Manfredonia, Serena, Platini, Laudrup
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