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Sarajevo - Hamburg (1980)

06.04.2013 at 00:29h

In the season 1979/80 Sarajevo, led by Safet Susic, attained second place and thus for the first time in its history secured a place in the UEFA Cup, the second most prestigious international competition.

With great trepidation they awaited the draw of pairs for the first round of the UEFA Cup. After it was announced that Sarajevo’s opponents to rank amongst the 32 best teams would be Hamburg SV, the runners-up of Europe, feelings were divided. One group of supporters was disappointed believing that achieving a place in the second round would be virtually impossible, while others were thrilled because HSV would be the biggest club to appear in Sarajevo since Manchester United.

The first match was played on 17th September at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg and was to be remembered for the scandalous decisions of the Welshman Clive Thomas, who despite Sarajevo’s great performance would not allow them to obtain a favourable result before the rematch. The first meeting ended in a4.2 victory for HSV, while two goals by Sušić left the bordeaux team some hope of achieving a miracle in the second leg.

In the rematch at Kosevo Sarajevo fielded a considerably weakened team as in the first match the Welsh referee had shown three Sarajevo footballers the red card: Radeljaš, Hadžibegić and Milak. Sarajevo fans filled the stands to capacity and their singing carried their team through to the final whistle in the hope that Sarajevo would manage to win 2.0 or 3.1. Sarajevo played one of the best games in its history launching wave after wave of attacks against the German goal.

In the first 15 minutes of the match Sarajevo had created four promising chances yet Merdanović twice and Lukic and Kapitanović all failed to hit the back of Koitka’s net. However, eight minutes later Kosevo rose to its feet. Lukic came from the left side went into the box and scored to make it 1.0 to Sarajevo. After the opening goal Sarajevo continued to attack but then just three minutes later came the equalizer. The visitor’s centre forward, Horst Hrubesch, took advantage of the confusion in the home defence to score his first goal. Then along came the deadly tandem Safet Susic - Pasic. First Susic easily passed through the visitors' defence and played a reverse pass to Pasic who restored the bordeaux team’s advantage at the interval.

The second half started aggressively, waiting for the third goal that would give Sarajevo passage. Two promising opportunities fell to Merdanović but each time he was imprecise. Where Merdanović failed Hrubesch succeeded and so with an assist from Felix Magath scored to make it 2.2. Yet there was no end to the excitement. In the 80th minute Pasic, again assisted by Susic, scored for 3.2. While Sarajevo waited for the fourth goal to bring extra-time the visitors made a quick counter attack in which Heubesch turned in his third goal of the match for a final score of 3.3. The third goal of the HSV number nine definitely smashed all of Sarajevo’s hopes of passing into the next round.

Nevertheless, Sarajevo had no cause for sadness. Carried on by Sušić and Pasic the home team had shown its teeth to Germany and Europe’s runners-up. But the question remained for the home fans whether Hrubesch would have gained such fame in this match if the referee Thomas from the first match had not unjustifiably sent off Faruk Hadzibegic.

FK SARAJEVO - HAMBURGER SV 3:3

Date: 01.10.1980.

Spectators: 45.000

Referee: Paolo Casarin (Italija)

Sarajevo: Janjuš, D. Božović, Lukić, Vidaković, Rajković, N. Ferhatović, Sušić, Janjoš (Vukičević), S. Merdanović (Bešović), Kapetanović, Pašić. Trener: Muzurović.

Hamburger SV: Koitka, Kaltz, Groh, Jakobs, Hieronymus, Hartwig, Reimann, Memering, Hrubesch, Magath, Dressel. Trener: Zebec.

Scorers:

1:0 - Lukić 23'
1:1 - Hrubesch 26'
2:1 - Pašić 36'
2:2 - Hrubesch 58'
3:2 - Pašić 80'
3:3 - Hrubesch 88'


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