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1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
Event 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup
Date 4 May 1994
Venue Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Referee Václav Krondl (Czech Republic)
Attendance 33,765

The 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was a football match on 4 May 1994 contested between Arsenal of England and Parma of Italy. It was the final match of the 1993–94 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 34th European Cup Winners' Cup Final. The final was held at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, and Arsenal won 1–0 with the goal coming from Alan Smith. It is widely considered as the peak of Arsenal's famous defence. Arsenal became the fourth London club to win the trophy after Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and West Ham United.[1]

Background

Having beaten Antwerp in the same competition in the previous year, Parma were aiming to become the first side to win consecutive finals; five sides had previously failed to do so after reaching the final for a consecutive year. The final was the first time that Parma had come up against English opposition. On the other hand, Arsenal had three times played out two-legged affairs with Italian clubs. The first meeting was in the 1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, when they overcame Lazio 4–2 on aggregate, drawing the first leg in Rome and winning the second leg 2–0 at Highbury. Arsenal had also faced Italians in the 1979–80 European Cup Winners' Cup at the semi-final stage; Arsenal won 2–1 on aggregate. The most recent meeting was in the quarter-finals of this year's competition, where they overcame Torino 1–0 over two legs.[2]

It was the first time Parken Stadium had hosted the a major European competition's final and the first time any European competition's final had been held in Denmark. The stadium had opened only recently — in 1992 — and was the home of Copenhagen and the Danish national football team, taking two years to construct at the cost of 640 million Danish kroner. It was built on the site of the national team's previous home, Idrætsparken.[3]

Route to the final

Arsenal Parma
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Odense 3–2 2–1 (A) 1–1 (H) First round Degerfors 4–1 2–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
Standard Liège 10–0 7–0 (H) 3–0 (A) Second round Maccabi Haifa 1–1 (3–1 p) 1–0 (A) 0–1 (a.e.t.) (H)
Torino 1–0 0–0 (A) 1–0 (H) Quarter-finals Ajax 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (H)
Paris Saint-Germain 2–1 1–1 (A) 1–0 (H) Semi-finals Benfica 2–2 (a) 1–2 (A) 1–0 (H)

Match

Summary

A crowd of 33,765 witnessed a tactical match. Parma’s Tomas Brolin hit the post early on but, in the 20th minute, Lorenzo Minotti miss-hit an overhead clearance and Alan Smith capitalized, beating Luca Bucci with a left-footed volley.[4] Arsenal then invited pressure from Parma but, by controlling Gianfranco Zola and Faustino Asprilla, defended their lead and became the fourth London club to win the trophy.[1] The final was noted for Arsenal fans singing "one nil to the Arsenal" throughout the match.[5]

Arsenal were without their leading goalscorer Ian Wright, who missed the final through suspension as well as the injured John Jensen.[6]

Details

4 May 1994
20:15 CEST
Arsenal 1–0 Parma
 20' Report
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Attendance: 33,765
Referee: Václav Krondl (Czech Republic)
Arsenal
Parma
GK 1 David Seaman
RB 2 Lee Dixon
CB 6 Tony Adams (c)  25'
CB 5 Steve Bould
LB 3 Nigel Winterburn
CM 4 Paul Davis
CM 11 Ian Selley  51'
CM 8 Steve Morrow
RW 7 Kevin Campbell  78'
LW 10 Paul Merson  86'
CF 9 Alan Smith
Substitutes:
GK 13 Alan Miller
DF 12 Andy Linighan
MF 14 Eddie McGoldrick  86'
MF 15 Ray Parlour
FW 16 Paul Dickov
Manager:
George Graham
GK 1 Luca Bucci
SW 4 Lorenzo Minotti (c)
CB 6 Roberto Sensini
CB 5 Luigi Apolloni
RWB 2 Antonio Benarrivo
LWB 3 Alberto Di Chiara
CM 7 Tomas Brolin
CM 8 Gabriele Pin  71'
CM 9 Massimo Crippa  44'
AM 10 Gianfranco Zola
CF 11 Faustino Asprilla  45'
Substitutes:
GK 12 Marco Ballotta
DF 13 Roberto Maltagliati
DF 14 David Balleri
MF 15 Daniele Zoratto
FW 16 Alessandro Melli  71'
Manager:
Nevio Scala

Assistant referees:
Josef Zvonic (Czech Republic)
Otakar Draštík (Czech Republic)
Fourth official:
Lubomír Puček (Czech Republic)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of golden goal extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "European Cup Winners' Cup". Rsssf.com. 2000-01-26. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  2. ^ "European Competitions 1993-94". Rsssf. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Parken". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Football - Match (C2) Cup Winners' Cup : Arsenal vs. Parma". Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  5. ^ JOE LOVEJOY (1994-05-05). "European Cup-Winners Cup: Smith's strike brings Arsenal European glory: Battling Londoners make light of the loss of Wright and Jensen". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  6. ^ "1. May 1994: Arsenal 1-0 Parma". Goal.com. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 

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