Juventus successfully coasted through the opening rounds of the tournament by breezing past Finnish side Ilves Tampere United 6-1 over two legs and then seeing off the challenge posed by Swiss club Grasshoppers with a resounding 6-2 aggregate success.
A capacity crowd packed out the stands at the Stadio Comunale on 6 March 1985 for the quarter-final first-leg against Sparta Prague which saw the Bianconeri put one foot in the semis via a resounding 3-0 triumph featuring goals from Tardelli, Rossi and Briaschi. The second leg a fortnight later was merely a formality and even though the Czech side were winners on the night, Juve progressed to the last four, where they would face Bordeaux.
Another commanding display from Giovanni Trapattoni’s men in front of their home faithful saw them almost put the tie against Bordeaux to bed after just 90 minutes. Boniek found the initial breakthrough on the half hour mark, Briaschi doubled the advantage and then a stunning Platini volley established a 3-0 final scoreline. The French side came out all guns blazing in the return fixture and nearly caused a dramatic upset but Juventus held their nerve in a nailbiting final ten minutes to progress as 3-2 aggregate winners.
Following heartbreak in two previous European Cup final appearances (1973 and 1983), the Bianconeri proved it was third time lucky as they finally scooped the elusive silverware on one of the most historic evenings in the club’s history.
However, 29 May 1985 is not a date remembered for Juve’s historic victory but instead for the tragic events in the stands that marred the occasion. A total of 39 innocent spectators lost their lives at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels and 600 were counted injured.
On the field of play, Platini’s converted penalty on 56 minutes proved enough to dethrone defending champions Liverpool and the match ended 1-0. After chalking up seven goals throughout the tournament, the Frenchman finished as leading scorer.
Final starting XI – Tacconi; Favero, Cabrini, Brio, Scirea; Bonini, Tardelli, Platini; Briaschi, Rossi, Boniek.