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1985 European Cup Final
Event 1984–85 European Cup
Date 29 May 1985
Venue Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Referee André Daina (Switzerland)
Attendance 59,000

The 1985 European Cup Final was a football match played between the clubs Liverpool F.C. of England and Juventus F.C. of Italy at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium on 29 May 1985.

The match was overshadowed by the disaster which took place about an hour before kick off, when Liverpool supporters charged at Juventus supporters, causing a huge crush of people against a stadium wall which subsequently collapsed. 39 people were killed and hundreds injured.

It was decided that the match should be played, as it was felt that abandoning it could cause further trouble.


Match summary

The game was a mere footnote to the horror that was the Heysel Stadium disaster. Thirty-nine spectators, mainly Juventus fans, were tragically killed when Liverpool fans charged a section of Juventus fans. The Italian supporters rushed to the corner of their section to get away from the violence and a crush ensued which resulted in a wall collapsing. Controversially the game went ahead - almost an hour and a half late - in an attempt to stop further violence occurring. There are differing accounts concerning whether the players were aware of the full horror that had occurred in the stadium that evening, but most people regarded the match itself as an irrelevance. The only goal of the game came from a penalty kick in the 56th minute as Zbigniew Boniek was brought down by Gary Gillespie. Frenchman Michel Platini scored for Juventus from the penalty spot. Juventus won 1–0 and lifted the European Cup for the first time.

Match details

Juventus Italy 1 – 0 England Liverpool Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 59,000
Referee: André Daina Switzerland
Platini Goal 56' (pen.)
GK 1 Italy Stefano Tacconi
DF 2 Italy Luciano Favero
DF 3 Italy Antonio Cabrini
DF 4 Italy Sergio Brio
DF 5 Italy Gaetano Scirea (c)
MF 6 San Marino Massimo Bonini
FW 7 Italy Massimo Briaschi Substituted off in the 84th minute 84'
MF 8 Italy Marco Tardelli
FW 9 Italy Paolo Rossi Substituted off in the 89th minute 89'
MF 10 France Michel Platini
MF 11 Poland Zbigniew Boniek
FW ' Italy Cesare Prandelli Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
MF ' Italy Benimiano Vignola Substituted on in the 89th minute 89'
GK Italy Luciano Bodini
Italy Giovanni Trapattoni
GK 1 Zimbabwe Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 England Phil Neal (c)
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Jim Beglin
CB 4 Republic of Ireland Mark Lawrenson Substituted off in the 4th minute 4'
RM 5 Scotland Steve Nicol
CB 6 Scotland Alan Hansen
CF 7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
CM 8 Republic of Ireland Ronnie Whelan
CF 9 Wales Ian Rush
LM 10 England Paul Walsh Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
CM 11 Scotland John Wark Booked
DF 12 Scotland Gary Gillespie Substituted on in the 4th minute 4'
GK 13 England Chris Pile
MF 14 England Craig Johnston Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
MF 15 Denmark Jan Mølby
MF 16 England Sammy Lee
England Joe Fagan

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Preceded by
European Cup
Final 1984
European Cup
Final 1985
Juventus F.C.
Succeeded by
European Cup
Final 1986


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