The English league clubs Liverpool and Derby Country were both beaten in the respective second round first leg European and UEFA Cup ties on Wednesday night (20 October).
The English league clubs Liverpool and Derby Country were both beaten in the respective second round first leg European and UEFA Cup ties on Wednesday night (20 October). Liverpool went down 1-0 to Trabzon Spor, the Turkish champions, and Derby were beaten 2-0 by AEK, Athens.
SYNOPSIS: Liverpool, last year's UEFA Cup winners, had a long and troubled trip to reach Trabzon, which lies on the far north coast of Turkey. Even so, the English champions were expected to prove too strong for their opponents.
However, that didn't happen.
Liverpool were well below their best. They slowed the pave to almost a standstill seeking a goalless draw. The turks were quick to cover in defence, and the English side hardly created a chance in the whole match.
They might have scored when winger Heighway floated over a cross which Trabzon goalkeeper Senol missed. But the Turkish defence cleared the ball. Despite having eight internationals in their side, Liverpool made little impression on the Trabzon defence. Their manager Bob Paisley made two substitutes in the second half, but to no avail.Paisley was later to criticise the whole cup tie, claiming the trip to Trabzon was too far for his players and that the match ball was not up to international standard.
The game never really reached the heights of a true European Cup tie. The controversy surrounding the penalty was the only time in the 90 minutes of play that things became excited. Liverpool's captain Emlyn Hughes was the man penalised. He was adjudged to have brought down Trabzon player Necmi with an illegal tackle in the penalty area. Despite protests by the Liverpool team, the Rumanian referee Mr. Reinea was adamant.
The Trabzon Spor captain Cemil, sent Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence the wrong way with his spot kick. The second leg of the tie will be played in Liverpool on Wednesday (3 November).
Derby Country had similar problems trying to break through the defence of Athens club AEK in their UEFA Cup first leg tie in Athens on Wednesday.
For the first 60 minutes of the match, Derby showed great tactical discipline in the organisation of their defence and looked capable of achieving a goalless draw.
Derby, recognised as one of the finest attacking sides in English football, wasted several good chances and their finishing was poorly lacking.
In the 65th minute AEK striker Wagner struck. He hit a low spot past Derby Keeper Moseley to put his side into the lead.
Two minutes later Wagner struck again as he turned in an easy chance created by Tassos. The return leg of this game will be played in Derby in about a fortnight's time.