INTRODUCTION: Real Madrid and Liverpool, who between them have won the European Soccer Cup eight times, have qualified to meet in the final of the 1981 competition with aggregate wins in their semi-final matches.
GV Bayern Munich in red attacking right to left. Liverpool keeper saves shot from Janzon
SV Janzon returning downfield.
GV Liverpool's David Johnson passes inside to Ray Kenny who scores.
SV & GV Liverpool players and fans celebrate (2 shots)
GV PAN Bayern mount attack. Ball drops to Rummenigge who scores. (2 shots)
SV & GV Inter Milan (striped shirts) take short corner (3 shots)
GV PAN Madrid (all white) mount quick attack. No. 9 receives ball, shoots just past post
GV Inter Milan mount attack from half-way line. Graziano Bini scores, and celebrates with fans (2 shots)
GV Inter Milan forwards attack and Madrid keeper saves
GV Madrid keeper, Rodriguez Agustin, makes fine save (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Real Madrid and Liverpool, who between them have won the European Soccer Cup eight times, have qualified to meet in the final of the 1981 competition with aggregate wins in their semi-final matches. Real Madrid travelled to Italy to play Inter Milan, and Liverpool played Bayern Munich in West Germany, in their semi-final second leg ties on Wednesday (22 April).
SYNOPSIS: The Liverpool-Bayern game appeared bound for another goal-less draw, with Bayern desperately looking for a goal to stay in the competition. Janzen's deep shot failed at the hands of Liverpool's keeper -- his disappointment showed. It was late in the game, with only seven minutes until the final whistle, when Liverpool got their break.
David Johnson found Ray Kennedy unmarked in Bayern's penalty area, and Liverpool's captain made no mistake about where to put the ball. The goal counted for double with Liverpool playing away. With only minutes to go Liverpool, who seemed sure by then of their place in the final, became too careless for Bayern. Footballer of the Year, Karl Heinz Rummenigge, exploited Liverpool's defensive error for the equaliser. But the goal did not stop Liverpool winning on aggregate points.
Inter Milan, playing the second semi-final against Real Madrid took this corner. Madrid had beaten Inter Milan 2-0 in the first leg, and with this kind of advantage the Spaniards only needed to survive.
The only goal came in the second half. Graziano Bini scored after a brilliant tactical move outside Madrid's penalty box.
Inter Milan, needed another two goals to qualify for the final, and seemed bent on getting them. But their attempt were foiled by some good goalkeeping. Despite losing 1-0 to Inter Milan, Real Madrid play Liverpool in the final in Paris after winning on aggregate points.