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Ipswich Town (3) 5 - 0 (0) Widzew Lodz

UEFA Cup 3rd Round, 1st Leg 1980-81

Wednesday, November 26, 1980

Referee: Unknown

Manager: Bobby Robson

Portman Road

Attendance: 20445

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 1805

Goals

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 John Wark (21)
 Alan Brazil (42)
 John Wark (45)
 Paul Mariner (70)
 John Wark (77)
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Substitutions

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PietaRomke (19)

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Teams

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Mlynarczyk

Plich

Grebosz

Mozejko

Zmuda

Tlokinski

Pieta

Jezewski

Boniek

Rozborski

Smolarek

Substitutes

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Romke

Match Report

WARK HITS THREE AS IPSWICH BUILD FIVE-GOAL LEAD

Ipswich overwhelmed Widzew Lodz of Poland in their UEFA Cup third round first-leg at Portman Road last night. John Wark scored three goals to bring European total this season to 10, and Alan Brazil and Paul Mariner also found the net.

The match quickly developed into the absorbing contest everyone had expected, with Ipswich battering away at the Polish goal, and Widzew looking dangerous on the break.

Ipswich, for whom Brazil had passed a pre-match fitness test, had Cooper back in goal after a five match injury absence, but it was Mylnarczyk, the international goalkeeper, who was the first to be tested.

In the fourth minute Gates sent a square pass to Mariner, his England colleague, and the goalkeeper, having just saved from Gates, was at full stretch again.

Thijssen was a dominant figure figure in midfield and, from one of his passes, Gates fired only just wide.

The Poles put in a dangerous attack when Boniek found Smolarek, the young international striker, but Cooper, with great determination, raced from his goal and dived bravely at the Lodz player's feet.

As early as the 19th minute, Widzew brought on a substitute, Romke for Pieta, who was limping slightly and, with two minutes, Ipswich went ahead deservedly.

The Polish goalkeeper went to collect a cross from Muhren but was impeded by his defender, Grebosz, and the ball ran to Brazil, who crossed for Wark to drive the ball home from 18 yards. Seconds later, Muhren struck a post with a fierce left-foot shot.

Ipswich went further ahead in the 42nd minute when Thijssen intercepted a weak clearance by Mlynarczyk and slid a through pass to Brazil, who raced through and hit a venomous shot which struck the underside of the bar and went in.

Wark scored his second goal two minutes later when McCall crossed from the right and Mariner has a shot blocked by the 'keeper. The ball rebounded out to Wark who drove it into the net.

The Poles, demoralised by the speed of the opposition, began the second half struggling against a succession of Ipswich attacks with Gates, Muhren and Thijssen firing just wide.

There was a bonus for Ipswich for the second leg when Boniek, already cautioned in a previous match, was shown the yellow card. He will miss the second leg in Lodz on Wednesday week.

Brazil, feeling the injury that made him doubtful, was replaced by O'Callaghan, who made his first European appearance, in the 68th minute.

Within two minutes, Ipswich produced the best goal of the night when Muhren, hitting a pass from Thijssen his fellow Dutchman, drove a magnificent cross from the outside of his left foot and Mariner headed the ball home.

Still Ipswich were not satisfied, and in the 77th minute, O'Callaghan went outside Plich and Mariner headed on for Wark to score his third goal.

With eight minutes remaining Mills, the Ipswich and England captain, was carried off on a stretcher with a leg injury and was replaced by Beattie.

Ipswich - Cooper; Mills, McCall, Thijssen, Osman, Butcher, Wark, Muhren, Mariner, Brazil, Gates.

Widzew Lodz - Mlynarczyk; Plich, Grebosz, Mozejko, Zmuda, Tlokinski, Pieta, Jezewski, Boniek, Rozborski, Smolarek.

Daily Telegraph

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