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St Etienne (1) 1 - 4 (1) Ipswich Town

UEFA Cup Quarter Final , 1st Leg 1980-81

Wednesday, March 4, 1981

Referee: Unknown

Manager: Unknown

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Attendance: 42000

Manager: Bobby Robson

Match Number: 1825

Goals

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 Rep (16)
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 Paul Mariner (28)
 Arnold Muhren (47)
 Paul Mariner (57)
 John Wark (76)

Substitutions

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RousseyZimako (54)
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Cards

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Teams

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Castaneda

Battiston

Zanon

Gardon

Lopez

Janvion

Paganelli

Larios

Roussey

Platini

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Zimako

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Match Report

IPSWICH RALLY TO CRUSH POWERFUL FRENCHMEN

Ipswich flew home from St. Etienne last night with a place in the UEFA Cup semi-finals theirs for the taking when they resume this tie at Portman Road a week next Wednesday.

A classic exhibition of attacking soccer enabled them to destroy one of Europe's most accomplished teams in a match that had begun with every indication that the Frenchman would emerge triumphant.

Ipswich played with great skill, spirit and maturity to keep their heads after conceding an early goal and then came back with couple from Mariner, and one apiece from Muhren and Wark to romp to the most impressive victory they have recorded on European soil.

"A tremendous almost faultless performance" was the verdict of their manager Bobby Robson. "We have demolished a good side with one of the best victories anyone has achieved in Europe in the past 10 years".

When the Frenchmen moved in front after only 17 minutes, the capacity crowd of 40,000 must surely have thought their heroes were going to sweep the English league leaders aside.

Yet, after Rep had headed St. Etienne in front spectacularly, Robson's men found their real touch.

For 10 torrid minutes they came under tremendous pressure but, with Osman and Beattie holding firm in the middle of their defence they weathered the storm.

Then, in the 28th minute the goal they so badly needed was headed home by Mariner, their England striker.

Muhren contributed largely to this important move with a beautifully judged curling centre to the far post, where Mariner leapt above the opposition and headed the ball down like a bullet into the back of the net.

That was enough to persuade Ipswich that they could match the formidable Frenchmen for skill and power.

Although they came under heavy pressure for the remainder of the half they demonstrated just how mature a team they have become during the past year.

By the second half much of the tension had disappeared from Ipswich's football. They began to play in a relaxed, controlled manner which eventually put them in charge.

With only four minutes of the second half gone, Muhren, who had a tremendous game, put the league leaders in front with a fierce left-foot shot from some 25 yards.

St. Etienne tried to get back into the game quickly with a series of menacing attacks. But on longer could Platini and Larios create the openings that had threatened to carry them to victory earlier on.

Moreover, the Frenchmen, in their eagerness to close the gap, left themselves open to sharp counter-thrusts and it was one of these that caused them to fall even further behind.

Brazil's cross to the far post was driven forward by Butcher, rebounded to Mariner, and the England striker promptly put it into the net for his second goal of the night and his 20th of the season.

In the 76th minute St. Etienne were caught again by a swift, simple Ipswich move which ended with Butcher's cross from near the by-line being headed confidently into the net by Wark for his 30th goal of the season, and his 10th in the current UEFA Cup competition.

Donald Saunders (Daily Telegraph)

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