When Tottenham first faced Real Madrid they cursed their luck – and the referee

Real Madrid were underdogs when they came to London for the Uefa Cup quarter-finals in 1985 but they slipped through and ended up lifting the trophy

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Real Madrid were underdogs when they arrived in Tottenham for the first leg of their Uefa Cup quarter-final in March 1985. A recent run of just one win in 10 matches had taken them out of the race for La Liga, leaving Terry Venables’ Barcelona to run away with the title and Madrid to finish fifth. Their manager, Amancio Amaro, who had won nine league titles and a European Cup while playing for the club, was under pressure, with Ramón Mendoza expected to replace Luis de Carlos as president in the summer.

It was rumoured that Amaro would only save his job by winning the Uefa Cup, but Real Madrid seemed determined to do things the hard way. A 5-2 aggregate win over SSW Innsbruck in the first round was comfortable enough but a 3-1 defeat in Yugoslavia against Rijeka in the first leg of the second round looked to have ended Real’s hopes of winning their first European trophy in 19 years.

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