33 years ago today - The HSV "Miracle"
Exacty 33 years ago today, HSV enjoyed one of their finest hours on the European stage. The Rothosen thrashed much-fancied Real Madrid in a European Cup semi-final second leg at the Volksparkstadion to reach the final.
Thirty three years ago today, HSV made the whole of Europe sit up and listen. The Rothosen reached the final of the-then European Cup by way of a sensational 5-1 second leg home win over Spanish legends Real Madrid, in front of 62,000 at the Volksparkstadion. The Hamburg goals were scored by Manfred Kaltz (10./41.), Horst Hrubesch (17./45.) and Caspar Memering. That not only wiped out the 0-2 first leg defeat, but brought Madrid down to earth with a loud bump. The Bundesliga side were massive underdogs, as Madrid considered the game in Hamburg a mere formality on their way to European glory. HSV (Including "Mighty Mouse" Kevin Keegan) put paid to those lofty ambitions in style on the night. Madrid's goal was scored by English left winger Laurie Cunningham, who tragically died in Madrid aged only 33. HSV went on to lose the 1980 final 0-1 to Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest, but certainly made a mark on the history books in that legendary semi - final. A magic moment in HSV's long tradition-steeped history.
HSV: Kargus – Kaltz, Buljan, Nogly, Hidien, Jakobs – Magath, Memering – Reimann, Hrubesch, Keegan
Coach: Branco Zebec
Real Madrid: Remon (32. Angel) – Perez Carcia, Pirri, Benito, Camacho – del Bosque, Stielike, Angel, Juanito (87. Martinez) – Santillana, Cunningham
Coach: Vujadin Boškov
Goals: 1:0 Kaltz (10./pen), 2:0 Hrubesch (17.), 2:1 Cunningham (31.), 3:1 Kaltz (41.), 4:1 Hrubesch (45.), 5:1 Memering (90.)