UEFA Cup Final 1st Leg, 5 May 1993
When flicking through past encounters between German and Italian clubs, it would be impossible to overlook the fascinating rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.
Although the pairing won’t mean much to younger fans of both sides with last season’s Champions League knockout round encounter representing their first meeting in 18 years, the Black and Yellows and the Bianconeri crossed paths a staggering seven times in four years in the mid-1990s, contesting two major finals in the process.
The historic clubs’ maiden meeting fell in May 1993, an occasion that would provide the Old Lady with a third UEFA Cup trophy, a record at the time. In the first of the final’s two legs, Giovanni Trapattoni’s men couldn’t have got off to a worse start at the Westfalenstadion, falling behind to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s precise finish with the outside of his boot with just two minutes on the clock.
It would not take long however, for il Trap’s charges to make their mark on the tie as a move straight from the training ground pulled them level within the half hour.
Quick thinking from Andreas Moller and Gianluca Vialli shuttled the ball at pace into the feet of Dino Baggio on the corner of the Dortmund box for the midfielder to apply an equally sharp finish, placing his effort low into the far corner with his left foot for what would be his first of three strikes in the two-legged affair.