Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Memorable European Confrontations, Part 19-1993 Paris St. Germain vs. Real Madrid

Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid were paired in the Quarterfinals of the 1992/93 UEFA Cup.
The French Club Paris St. Germain, managed by the Portuguese Artur Jorge, had been bankrolled by the private Channel ‘Canal +’ and were making a name for themselves domestically and abroad.
They had acquired the much sought after Liberian striker George Weah, along with internationals such as Alain Roche, Bernard Lama, Jean-Luc Sassus and Vincent Guerin.
They had qualified from their opening Rounds by defeating Greece’s PAOK (2-0, 2-0), Italy’s Napoli (2-0 away, 0-0 home) and Belgium’s Anderlecht (0-0, 1-1, away goals rule)


Spanish giants Real Madrid were going through difficult times with the ‘El Quinta del Buitre’ generation starting to fade.
They had acquired Chilean striker Ivan Zamorano, former Barcelona defender Nando and welcomed back in the fold their former star Rafael Martin Vazquez.
They were managed by the somewhat inexperienced Benito Floro who had worked wonders at little club Albacete.
They had qualified from their opening Rounds by defeating Romania’s Poli. Timisoara (4-0, 1-1), Russia’s Torpedo Moscow (2-3, 5-2) and Holland’s Vitesse Arnhem (1-0, 1-0)

The first leg, on March 2nd, was played at Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. This was Real’s 250th match in European competition.
Prior to the start of the match Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Paco Buyo received the Zamora trophy (trophy awarded to the best goalkeeper in La Liga).

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2448, March 9, 1993
(David Ginola and Manuel Sanchis)

Real Madrid were missing Robert Prosinecki who was out due to fever.
Also missing was Brazilian defender Ricardo Rocha and Rafael Martin Vazquez who was cup tied, having already played for Olympique Marseille in the Champions League early in the season.
The first half hour were evenly balanced until Real scored.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 51, April 1993
(David Ginola’s goal)

Real Madrid scored their first goal in the 30th minute, when Butragueno headed in a corner quickly taken by Michel that surprised Lama in the PSG’s goal.
Six minutes later, Butragueno trapped a cross from Michel and layed it on for Zamorano to score.
Two minutes after halftime David Ginola, who played an excellent match, headed in at the near post, from a corner taken by Valdo to reduce the deficit.

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2448, March 9, 1993
(Michel , in the smaller Butragueno is heading with Zamorano next to him)

David Ginola had a claim for a penalty kick that was waived off in the second half.
With a minute left, Patrick Colleter missed the chance the even the scores in a one on one situation with Buyo

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2448, March 9, 1993
(Patrick Colleter and Paco Buyo)

Moments later,  Zamorano sent Esnaider clear who was clearly offside. Lama fouled him, but the ball reached Michel who shot and Alain Roche stopped the goal bound ball with his hand.  The referee had no choice but to send him off.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 51, April 1993
(Michel’s third goal from penalty kick rebound)

Michel took the penalty kick, which Lama did well to parry, the deflection hit the crossbar and Michel dived in to score from the rebound.
This last catastrophic could have eliminated Paris and many felt it had.

March 2, 1993
Real Madrid Club de FĂștbol (Spain) 3- Paris Saint-Germain Football Club (France) 1
UEFA Cup- Quarterfinals, First Leg
Venue: Madrid-Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: David Elleray (England)
Goalscorers: (Real Madrid): Emilio Butragueno 30th, Ivan Zamorano 36th ,
    Michel 89th
(Paris St. Germain): David Ginola 47th
Lineups:
Real Madrid:
1-Francisco Buyo, 2-Luis Ramis, 3-Mikel Lasa, 5-Manuel Sanchis, 4-Nando, 10-Luis Milla (14-Francisco Llorente 59th), 6-Fernando Hierro, 8-Michel, 11-Luis Enrique, 7-Emilio Butragueno (16-Juan Esnaider (Argentina) 62nd ), 9-Ivan Zamorano (Chile)

Coach: Benito Floro
Booked: Milla 14th , Sanchis 28th , Lasa 74th

Team Captain: Manuel Sanchis
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Kelme
Shirt Sponsor: Teka
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Paris St. Germain:
1-Bernard Lama, 2-Jean-Luc Sassus (12-Francis Llacer 64th ), 4-Ricardo Raimundo Gomes (Brazil), 5-Alain Roche,3-Patrick Colleter, 6-Paul Le Guen, 8-Vincent Guerin, 7-Laurent Fournier, 10-Valdo (Brazil), 11-David Ginola, 9-George Weah (Liberia) (15-Daniel Bravo 86th )

Coach: Artur Jorge (Portugal)
Booked: Fournier 25th , Colleter 29th , Sassus 50th
Sent Off: Alain Roche 89th

Team Captain: Paul Le Guen
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Nike
Shirt Sponsor:  Commodore
Uniform Colors: Blue Shirts/White Sleeves, Blue Shorts, Red Socks




1993 (March 2) Real Madrid (Spain) 3-Paris St... by sp1873

The second leg, on March 18th , was played at Paris’ Parc des Princes Stadium.
Paris were missing the suspended Laurent Fournier and Alain Roche who had been sent off in the first leg.
Antoine Kombouare deputized for Roche and striker Amara Simba came in the lineup for a more attacking formation.

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 51, April 1993
(Paul Le Guen and Robert Prosinecki)

Real Madrid were missing Captain Manuel Sanchis and Luis Milla through suspension. Emilio Butragueno assumed captaincy in Sanchis’ absence.
Robert Prosinecki was now available as was Ricardo Rocha.
Argentine Juan Esnaider was originally part of the traveling squad, however, in the last minute Real were forced to strike him of the substitutes list because he would have been one foreigner too many per UEFA regulations.
Paris St. Germain scored their first goal in the 33rd minute when George Weah headed in a corner taken from the left by Valdo.
They relentlessly attacked and Real were forced to play a more counter attacking game.
All the drama was saved for the last 10 minutes.
In the 81st minute, in a move started by Valdo, Weah crossed for Bravo to head back for Ginola to volley home from outside of the box. 

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 51, April 1993
(David Ginola scoring PSG’s second goal)

In the 89th minute in a counter attacking move started by Valdo, Weah on the left gave it to Ginola in the center who then gave it back to Valdo to score Paris’ third and seemingly qualifying goal.
However, in injury time, Michel took a free kick on the left that was headed across by Nando to Zamorano to score and level the aggregates.
In a dramatic finish, a few minutes later, Valdo took a free kick from the right and perfectly spotted Kombouare who headed in Paris’ winner.
Antoine Kombouare is forever remembered for this match and his exuberance after the winning goal.


Photo From: L’Annee du Football, 1993
(Antoine Kombouare’s winner)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2450, March 23, 1993
(Antoine Kombouare after scoring)

Photo From: Onze-Mondial, Issue 51, April 1993
(Antoine Kombouare’s winner)


Paris St. Germain went to on to the semifinals but were defeated by eventual competition winners Juventus.
The team built up on their European run to mount a League Challenge and won the title the following season.
They qualified for the semifinals of European competitions for five successive seasons and won the Cup Winners Cup in 1996.
Real Madrid, just like the previous season, lost the League title on the final day of the season at Tenerife.
Incidentally the two teams were once again paired the following season in the Quarterfinals of the Cup Winners Cup and once again Paris St. Germain eliminated Real Madrid.


Photo From: France Football, Issue 2491, January 4, 1994
(Paris St. Germain players celebrating after the match, Daniel Bravo is wearing an exchanged Real Madrid jersey on the left)



March 18, 1993
Paris Saint-Germain Football Club (France) 4-Real Madrid Club de FĂștbol (Spain) 1
UEFA Cup- Quarterfinals, Second Leg
Venue: Paris-Parc Des Princes
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Sandor Puhl (Hungary)
Goalscorers:  (Paris St. Germain): George Weah 33rd, David Ginola 81st,
Valdo 89th , Antoine Kombouare 96th
                      (Real Madrid): Ivan Zamorano 90+2
Lineups:
Paris St. Germain:
1-Bernard Lama, 2-Jean-Luc Sassus (15-Bruno Germain 77th ), 5-Antoine Kombouare , 4-Ricardo Raimundo Gomes (Brazil), 3-Patrick Colleter, 6-Paul Le Guen, 8-Vincent Guerin, 10-Valdo (Brazil), 7-Amara Simba (12-Daniel Bravo 72nd ), 11-David Ginola, 9-George Weah (Liberia)

Coach: Artur Jorge (Portugal)
Booked:  Jean-Luc Sassus 60th

Team Captain: Paul Le Guen
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Nike
Shirt Sponsor:  Commodore
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Real Madrid:
1-Francisco Buyo, 5-Luis Ramis, 3-Mikel Lasa, 2-Ricardo Rocha (Brazil), 4-Nando, 6-Fernando Hierro, 11-Luis Enrique (15-Alfonso Perez 80th ), 10-Robert Prosinecki (Croatia), 8-Michel, 7-Emilio Butragueno (12-Francisco Villaroya 63rd ), 9-Ivan Zamorano (Chile)

Coach: Benito Floro
Booked: Francisco Villaroya 69th

Team Captain: Emilio Butragueno
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Kelme
Shirt Sponsor: Teka

Uniform Colors: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks




1993 (March 18) Paris St Germain (France) 4... by sp1873

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